Business Profile
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • July 2010

Rahr-West Art Museum

Museums have a passion for preserving what they collect. Think of your favorite museum and images come to mind of precious artifacts and beautiful works of art. There is no doubt that along with these images come emotional feelings linked to nostalgic memories and pleasant ponderings on how things came to be. You may feel compelled to share your thoughts with family and friends, educating them on why you feel the way you do.

At the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, WI we have a passion for the important role visual arts play in education. We see a valuable link between this museum, families in our community, and schools. The National Art Education Association urges everyone to come together around a shared belief in the power of art in developing human potential. Visual arts are important in schools because they tend to develop the intelligence, as well as the overall personality of students. In fact, studies show that students who are exposed to visual arts tend to display above average intelligence when it comes to mathematics and science. Perhaps conversations inspired by a visit to the art museum exercises our most valuable muscle…the brain.

Using the Rahr-West collection to infuse art lessons, we see a richer experience for students, one they will carry with them for a life time. Imagine the impact of finally getting to see something real, seeing all the nuances of that reality and discovering the small details a book can never deliver. Many works of art deliver commentary on historic events and encourage thoughtful discussion among visitors.

This summer’s Buffalo Bill poster exhibition is a perfect window into the history of America’s Wild West. See the thrilling life of William F. Cody and his Wild West Show come alive through posters designed to propel him and his show to fortune and worldwide fame. These works symbolize the American frontier itself and will lead you to rich conversations with children of all ages on the history of our country. We have artists to thank for starting these discussions. They immortalized Cody’s historic actions into art. You will burst with commentary when you see what graces the walls of the Rahr-West Art Museum this summer.

Want a great way to end your summer? Come to our annual Sputnikfest celebration! This festival celebrates a little known historical event that happened in Manitowoc on September 6th, 1962 - right in front of the Rahr-West Art Museum. A glowing chunk of space debris from Sputnik IV slammed into the center of North 8th Street creating a 3" deep hole! On September 10th and 11th of this year we are going to celebrate this historic Space Age event! Tons of topics dealing with the Space Age and aluminum foil fashion sense will be open for educational discussions with your family. Get out, come down and exercise your brain. You’ll be glad you did.

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