Artists of all abilities, styles, and genres are invited to participate in the IDEA Center’s new figure drawing series, DRAW, taking place the first Wednesday of each month. 

With featured themes and models both costumed and traditional, DRAW lets artists practice their skills among friends. Part class, part social experience—artists should bring both their own supplies and snacks. Beer will be available for purchase.

DRAW is open to artists 18+ and costs $10 for the general public. Admission is $5 for CREATE members and free for IDEA Center members. Sessions will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the IDEA Center (1039B Ellis Street, Stevens Point, WI).

Space is limited to 15 artists. A facilitator will be available to share figure-drawing techniques and to answer questions. Limited easels are available for reservation. Email JuliaN@createportagecounty.org to reserve both your spot and your easel. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.

Interested in modeling? Email JuliaN@createportagecounty.org

Summer Sessions:
May 3 + 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Jason Cole, Illustrator)
June 7 + 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Kelly Krill, Illustrator)
July 5 + 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Brooke Heindl-Newman, Painter)
August 2 + 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Facilitator TBD)

Both DRAW and the IDEA Center are CREATE initiatives, which aim to make creativity central to our way of life in Portage County.

Main Street Parks

Main Street Parks

Main Street Parks takes parking spots and turns them into public parks for recreation, relaxation, and re-imagination.

ArtsWalk and MGI

ArtsWalk and MGI

Downtown Stevens Point (map)

ArtsWalk is an annual community celebration of artistic expression. ArtsWalk will take place Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 - 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The evening includes performing street artists on Main Street and the Square, and art displays in storefront windows throughout downtown.  

At 7:30 p.m., community guitar players gather in the Square to participate in Mass Guitar Incident. Guitar players of all ages and levels are invited to perform together. Tutorials and chord sheets for this year's songs are below!

You Ain't Going Nowhere (tutorial/chord sheet)

Let it Be (tutorial/chord sheet)

Get Together (tutorial/chord sheet)

Strummers of all abilities are welcome!

White Dinner

White Dinner

Pfiffner Building (map)

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and CREATE Portage County are excited to present the second annual White Dinner, a celebration of the summer solstice!

Diners plan their table decorations and meal, then gather outside amidst luminaries and twinkling lights. The White Dinner will take place in Pfiffner Park just outside the building on Thursday, June 22 starting with table setup at 6:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress in white attire and plan their own elegant culinary creations, beverages, table decorations, and service. 

CWSO and CREATE Portage County will provide entertainment, tables, chairs, and a radiant atmosphere. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

Table preparation will be open between 6:00 and 6:30, immediately followed by a toast at 7:00 pm. The evening will also include a raffle and prizes awarded to the most elegant and creative tables. 

Tickets are $25/person for the event and available online at www.cwso.org, by calling 715-345-7726, or in person at the CWSO office located at 800 Main Street, Stevens Point.

The White Dinner is a fundraising event for CWSO and CREATE. For more information, call 715-345-7726.

Trivia Unplugged

Trivia Unplugged

Noel Hangar (map)

Trivia Unplugged 2017 will take place Saturday, September 23 from 3-9pm at the Noel Hangar in Stevens Point with registration and tailgating starting at 1pm. Teams may have up to ten members in the competition area and unlimited reserve players in the spectator area. The total number of teams allowed to register is limited, therefore early registration is encouraged. 

What is Trivia Unplugged? Presented by CREATE Portage County, Trivia Unplugged is an old-school trivia contest with a twist. Competitors are challenged to rely on their own brain power and teamwork to answer questions - no internet, books, or notes of any kind are allowed. Quizmaster Jim "The Oz" Oliva will host the event, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point campus radio 90FM. The Mid-State Sisters of Skate roller derby team will collect trivia answers, Rockman's Catering will have a buffet available for purchase, and participants have the chance to win prizes by entering the Booze Raffle.

Additional information on Trivia Unplugged is available here.

Fire Works

Fire Works

Whitefeather Organics (map)

In partnership with the Central Rivers Farmshed and Whitefeather Organics, this family-friendly event provides participants with the unique opportunity to make and take art. Each attendee will receive randomly assigned coordinates that correspond to an original work of art (displayed on grids and lit only by bonfire) that they will get to take home! If you love it, this art is yours to keep. If you prefer to swap it, exchange it as many times as you like at our Trading Wall. This experience is fun for the whole family and will include fresh farm-to-table brick oven pizzas available for purchase.

Individual and family tickets will become available September 2017. The individual ticket includes admission to the event and one original piece of art. The family ticket includes admission and two original pieces of art. 


Fire Works 2017 will take place Saturday, October 14 at Whitefeather Organics. Stay tuned for more information.