About the WILSON CENTER
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is one of the finest multi-disciplinary cultural arts centers in the United States, with a mission to be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the Arts. As a year-round hub of activity, the Wilson Center presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles; offers arts education opportunities; curates the Ploch Art Gallery, which features both national and Wisconsin-based fine artists; and is committed to extending the arts beyond the walls of the Center through Lynn Chappy ArtsPark—a vibrant, outdoor sculpture landscape that will engage and inspire the broader Southeastern Wisconsin Community. In August, the annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival celebrates the world’s leading classical, rock/blues, jazz, and fingerstyle guitarists.
The Center nurtures lifelong learning through innovative programs and classes for all interests, ages, and abilities in state-of-the-art studios and classrooms. Some of Southeast Wisconsin’s finest arts organizations offer professional instruction at the Wilson Center, including First Stage Theater Academy, Trinity Irish Dancers, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. From performances and recitals to meetings and special events, our beautiful spaces are available for rental to individuals, schools, organizations, and corporations throughout the community.
To be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts.
Excellence: We strive for excellence in artistic and enrichment programming through distinctive, multidisciplinary arts offerings to the public. We aspire to excellence in governance and will exceed our patrons’ expectations because their loyalty is vital to our future.
Innovation: We celebrate ingenuity and insight that result in new connections and fresh perspectives through engagement with the arts on multiple levels. We encourage originality, flexibility, and seeing the world with new vision.
Passion: We are passionate about instilling a life-long love for the arts that will enrich the lives of everyone we serve.
Stewardship: We value the trust of our greater community—people, corporations, and foundations—that contribute time, talent, and treasure to our organization; we promise to use those resources with integrity.
Collaboration: We value the power of collaboration with other organizations through which arts programming is enriched and made accessible to the greater community.