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The Oconomowoc Arts Center mission is to provide patrons and artists of all ages, a professional, cultural and educational experience with the highest quality programming opportunities possible. 


Oconomowoc Area School District:

Kristen Taylor, PhD., Interim Superintendent of Schools

Board Of Education:
James Wood, President, Jessica Karnowski, Vice President, Matt Carrico, Treasurer, Sandy Schick, Clerk, Neal Ninmann, Board Member, Chad Schraufnagel, Board Member, Meghan Goldner, Board Deputy Clerk

Programming Committee:
John Cramer, Cynthia Acosta Luksich, Sean Floeter, Diane Kallas, Anne Raskopf, Betty Reul, Katie Slipper

Marketing Committee:
John Cramer, Cynthia Acosta Luksich, Nicolette Leinweber Rebecca Seymour

Visual Arts Committee:
John Cramer, Terri Field, Heidi Hallott, Anne Raskopf

Film/Media Committee:
Michael Duncan, Terry Kaldhusdalm Michael Krill and James Scheuer

Special Events/Hospitality Committee:
Julie Falk, Ginni Hicks, Barbara Hirsch, Sandy Karkossa, Kathy Kaempf, John Koehn and June Mather

Artistic Partnerships:
First Stage Children’s Theater Academy – Milwaukee; Wisconsin Philharmonic, Bel Canto Chorus/Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Milwaukee Ballet Company

Literary Partnerships:
Books & Company, Oconomowoc (Visiting Author’s)

Visual Arts Partnerships:
Waukesha Creative Arts League, Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC) - Ekphrastic Event and Milwaukee Regional Art Fair


With Gratitude, the Oconomowoc Area School District acknowledges these local organizations, businesses and private patrons for their outstanding support of the Oconomowoc Arts Center … Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts; Oconomowoc Performing Arts Council; Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation; Plunkett Raysich Architects; Oconomowoc Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary; Paul Phelps and Oakbrook Esser Studios; Mr. and Mrs. Narendra Patel – “Cuculidae” (Bird of Songs) Sculpture; Ace Hardware of Oconomowoc; Badger Blueprint of Oconomowoc; Books & Company; Footlights – Marcus Promotions, Inc.; Jerry Foust; Neumann Company; The Pub – Irish Tavern & Restaurant; Sherpers

Thanks to the UW Extension and the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners for their assistance with the OAC gardens and their support of its educational value.

Thanks to the Oconomowoc High school Landscape Class for their assistance with the OAC gardens.

The Oconomowoc Arts Center gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Oconomowoc Area Foundation’s Scheriffius Fund and Richard R. and Karen Bertrand Charitable Fund.

Direct gifts in memory have been made to the OAC by the following supporters:

Mr. and Mrs. David Reul in memory of Ralph Trepte

Dr. and Mrs. Victor Soderstrom in memory of Wally Wiese

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Weimer in memory of Wally Wiese

Rae Kinn in memory of Mary Von Bereghy


The VIC is the rehearsal area named in celebration of excellence education in the Oconomowoc Area School District and in honor of Vic Passante, OHS theater director, teacher and mentor from 1974-2007.

Major Donors

The Debbink Family Foundation

Craig and Mary Schiefelbein

Thomas X. Herro Foundation

Oconomowoc Area Foundation

Orbis Corporation

Paragon Development Systems, Inc.

Pat and Mary Sue McNamee

And to the students, community members, and businesses who contributed to the 2007 celebration honoring Vic Passante’s dedication to the arts and to learning.

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