The 2017 winning pieces sold on Saturday evening of the 2018 Art Festival raised a total of $1,175 for the art programs in Winskill Elementary School in Lancaster, Kickapoo Middle School in Viola, and the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua. That brings to a total of $12,010 the funds raised for art programs since 2010.
In addition, a yearly drawing held since 2014 includes all schools participating during the Festival’s KidsArt Gallery. The 2018 Winning school, Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School district, will receive $500 to go specifically to support the art program there, raising the total of funds raised in the drawings to $2,500.
“The combination of the exhibits at the Festival and the funds raised in the art auction and the drawing celebrates arts in the schools and celebrates and supports the work of devoted art teachers, “ said Dianna Berry, co-chair of this year’s Youth Art Tent.
Major funding partners for the festival include Peoples State Bank, the Village of Soldiers Grove and its Community Development Corporation, Wisconsin Public Radio, Crawford County and the Crawford County Tourism Council. Other benefactors include Kickapoo Corners, Kickapoo Kwikstop and Kickapoo Creekside, Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative, Organic Valley, Rooted Spoon Culinary, Sleepy Hollow Auto, Star Valley Flowers, and Vernon Communications Cooperative, along with other corporate and private sponsors.