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Public discusses ideas for promoting art in La Crosse

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s arts board is looking for more guidance from the public on what artistic works to promote in the community. 

The board held a listening session at the Pump House on Thursday night, which attracted just over a dozen. 

Board chair Doug Weidenbach said art works on public display don’t have to be serious or have historic value. 

He points to the fretting that many people did over the infamous “blue baby,” —actually known as Hatched Baby — which has been at City Hall since 2018.

Weidenbach said when people complained that the Wolfgang Auer sculpture was making La Crosse into a laughing stock, he thought “Why not?”

“At least from the pictures I’ve seen, that’s probably the number one selfie background in the city of La Crosse,” Weidenbach said.

People attending the session suggested finding more ways to publicize performances, as well as physical art, proposing more attention on social media and marketing through the local convention bureau.

They talked about encouraging more works by Hmong, Latino or LGBT artists. 

Arts board members spoke of renovations and relocation in the past year of the “Dancers” and “Lyra” sculptures downtown.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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