Community Connections





It Gets Better Project

Made possible by the Young Auditorium, students at Studio84 were able to create a music video with the LA Gay Men's Choir for the It Gets Better Project. The group came in and assisted the students with scenes for the video.
Music for the video was made possible thanks to Sara Bareilles and her
new hit Brave. The video speaks about being brave and standing up
for who you are and standing up for others.

click HERE for video

Best Buddies College UW-Whitewater

Buddies Cam Barker and
Marcie Ann Gruszkowki
Buddies John Tschohl and
Jessica Hugill

UW-Whitewater students and their Best Buddies got together and created collaborative artwork. With 40 in attendance it was a packed studio with lots of creative energy and excitement. Their work will be on display in our gallery during the month of May with a reception on Sunday May 6 from 3-4.

Best Buddies in an International organization that pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a member of the community to provide opportunities to develop friendships.

Operation Beautiful
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Participants from as far as Sturdevant came to create self portraits in our workshop held in conjunction with Operation Beautiful. Portraits were on display during the lecture by Caitlyn Boyles presentation on campus at UW-Whitewater on Tuesday, February 28. Participants looked inside to find what they were about and what was unique about them and expressed that in a collage piece. Afterwards they used post it notes to make positive comments about each others work. Operation Beautiful is about developing a positive self image. More can be learned about this at

Charlotte and Heather show us they have big smiles and loving hearts

Girl Scouts

Artist and student at Studio 84, J Austin Pena recently held a workshop with a local girl scout troop. Austin discussed his disability, Director Deborah Blackwell discusses other disabilities with the group. Austin then taught the girls how to tie dye t shirts. They also used a headstick to paint a note card.


Book Signing
with Richard Lombard & Patricia Harkness

Held in November of 2012 visitors had the opportunity to meet with the authors purchase the book and have it signed. This was a wonderful opportunity to spread the word of what local people are doing and get community involved. The book: "What if the Glass Breaks: Life of a Disabilities Activist"

Peace Camp 2011

Peace camp is a unique camp designed to assist children ages 5-12 grow in their understanding and skills in building a more peaceful and united world. Held at Cravath Lakefront Community Center, students learned peace making skills and conflict resolution through skits, cooperative games, music, creative writing and art.

Students at the camp walked over to Studio 84 to do an art related project.  Here they created expressions of themselves as individuals and wrote their thoughts about peace and unity.
Each piece was strung together to create The Unity Garland.  The Unity Garland represents individuals united together with acceptance of each others differences.

Sponsors of the camp are: St. Patrick Church of Whitewater, UUU Society of Mukwonago, Studio 84 of Whitewater and
Whitewater Parks and Recreation.


2011 Whitewater Arts Alliance Public Arts Project

A group of students from Janesville School District CHOICE Program participated in the creation of a lantern.  On display through the summer in downtown Whitewater the lantern they created has a theme of a spring landscape including flowers, grass, the sky and sun.








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