Public Art Tour of the Fox Cities

The Fox Cities are bursting with Instagram-worthy displays of public art. Stop and admire, take a picture, or even interact with a few of these must-see works.


Joyful Empowerment - 229 W Wisconsin Ave.│Neenah

Challenge your family and friends to join you on a scavenger hunt around Downtown Neenah in search of 9 famous historical statues. Snap a picture of yourself lounging on a bench with Ben Franklin or save yourself the drive to New York by hunting down Neenah's Statue of Liberty replica. Pictured above is "Joyful Empowerment" by Angela Mia De la Vega, symbolizing Americans' freedom to receive an education and chase their dreams.

Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the Future Neenah office.

Musical Dance Chimes - 229 W Wisconsin Ave.│Neenah

Also located at the site of "Joyful Empowerment" in Gateway Plaza are musical dance chimes. Step on the chime panels in a random sequence to create your own tune or follow the instructions above the panels for songs you may recognize.


Menasha Market Mural - 140 Main St.│Menasha

Located on the east facade of the Menasha Market building, formerly the City Hall building, is a large mural constructed in 2000 by Bruce Howdle. A closer look at the mural reveals artistic depictions of the history of Menasha in the early days of settlement and the manufacturing boom.


532 W College Ave.│Appleton│Credit Appleton Downtown, Inc.

Mile of Music is a cover-free music festival across a one mile stretch of downtown Appleton, bringing in over 200 artists each year to perform 100% original music. Mile of Music is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Fox Cities and longtime Mile fan Chad Brady is the artist behind this mural - a mural made possible by funding from an anonymous donor.

Creative Parklet - 210 W College Ave.│Appleton│Credit Appleton Downtown, Inc.

Chad Brady was the mastermind behind another downtown mural pictured above but this time he had some help. "Creative Parklet" was created through a Community Paint Project in which community members were asked to each paint one brick, ultimately resulting in the work of many hands creating this stunning mountain scene. 

In addition to murals, public art takes many other forms in downtown Appleton. Pictured below are painted traffic boxes, sidewalk poetry, and yarn art. Keep your head on a swivel to see all the beautiful art above, below, and in front of you!


Tick Tock Tapestry - 139 E Second St.│Kaukauna│Credit Go Valley Kids

"Tick Tock Tapestry" was created by Appleton mixed-media artist Elyse-Krista Mische. This bold and funky three story mural in dowtown Kaukauna was created as part of the second Bazaar After Dark night market.

Check out the following links for more information on where to find public art in the Fox Cities:

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