It's been quite a year! We are having fun looking through pictures and reliving memories of our first year as CREATE! We wanted to share our top ten highlights with you in hopes of getting you excited for year two!


1. A new look

The year started with our relaunch as we shared our vision for CREATE Portage County at The Second City comedy show.

2. a new era of Partnerships

We spent much of the year building strong partnerships with community organizations that share our love for Portage County! Check out the kind things our partners had to say about working with CREATE!

3. The IDEA Center

We got the keys to the fitness center in the old Weber Tackle building in mid-June. Blood, sweat, tears, and broken mirrors turned that rough space into the IDEA Center, a new-economy innovation resource already serving hundreds of Central WI residents.

4. Phantom Gallery Parties

We introduced the concept of Phantom Gallery Parties to show off our incredible local arts scene. Our three events--in Stevens Point, Amherst Junction, and Rosholt--also showed off cool locations across the county.

5. Other new experiences

We added other new experiences like...

The White Dinner

Spectral Microcinema

Fire Works

& Cheers to the Holidays!

6. Our old Stand-bys

And we improved on some of our classic programming as well!

7. The LEvitt AMP Grant

We were one of fifteen communities across the U.S. to win the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant, which will bring 10 weeks of free live-music concerts to the Pfiffner band shell this summer.

8. #OrangeBarrelArt

And we won a Tourism Trailblazer Award for our #OrangeBarrelArt partnership with the Stevens Point Area CVB.

9. making creativity central

We spread the word about the impact of creativity on positive community and economic development, both locally through the Central WI Economic Research Bureau's December Report and through presentations we did with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; the League of Wisconsin Municipalities; Arts Wisconsin; and Newaukee!

10. schemes for next year

And we've been applying for grants and scheming up new schemes to make sure our next year is even more exciting!!


If you like what we've done and want to see us have an even greater impact on Portage County this next year, join our efforts by becoming a member of CREATE Portage County today!