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La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts, LCSAC

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Our History
 
The organizational meeting initiating La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts was held at the La Crosse Public Library with Edith Steinkraus, chariman of that meeting. Alex Cameron read the proposed By-Laws and the were approved.
 
La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts was incorporated in the state of Wisconsin under Chapter 181 of the state of Wisconsin on February 14, 1961.


The newsletter of the La Crosse County Historical Society, dated September/October 1997 reports: "Just before the La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts was incorporated in early 1961, the first La Crosse Arts and Crafts Show was held at the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium in downtown La Crosse. A September 24, 1960 event, it would have been held outdoors at Cameron Park, except that it rained that day. Still, the La Crosse Tribune reported that thousands of people attended the indoor event. According the the local paper, 'by individuals interested in encouraging amateur art.'"

La Crosse Societ of Arts and Crafts has been the sponsor of annual but evolving shows at locations such as Copeland Park, the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds and recently, the City Brewery Hospitality Center.


Our Club Officers
 
Linda Steine, President
Nancy Terman, Vice President
Jensine Wing, Secretary
Judi King, Treasurer

La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts Scholarships
The Louise Drumm Scholarship
 
In 1996 the LCSAC received a wonderful gift when we were remembered in the will of M. Louise Drumm.  Her wishes were that a portion of the money she left be used for "painting awards" for at least ten years.  Louise taught and was Art Supervisor fot the La Crosse School District from 1931 until her retirement in 1968.  She served in several positions on the LCSAC board of directors as well as chairing several committees, including scholarships and galleries.
 
In 2005, the Board of Directors passed the following resolution:
 
"It is the intention of this board to continue to fund painting awards/scholarships for as long as fiscally practical."
 
Our organization gives two $250 scholarships annually to students from area high schools.  The students are chosen by art instructors, on a rotation schedule.  Those schools are:
 
Aquinas High School
Logan High School
Central High School
Holmen High School
La Crescent High School
Onalaska, High School
 
Students must be enrolled in post-high school  courses to receive this award.
 
 

Promoting Education and Interest in the Fine Arts and Crafts