Community Events and Information 

Upcoming Community Events

9th Annual Dan Jam

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 2pm-10pm
Johnson Park Pavilion | 6200 Northwestern Ave. Racine, WI 53406
$10 or $8 with 2 Non-Perishable Food Items
(4 Food Tickets and 1 Drink Ticket w/ Paid Admission)

Gather your friends and family and spend the day with us at the 9th Annual Dan Jam – The Family Reunion Music Festival! Enjoy tons of live music, kids/family activities, and food/drink at a marvelously beautiful park!

The Dan Jam Music Festival celebrates the life and passions of Daniel “Hawk” Conner, who died in an auto accident on June 27, 2008, at age 26. Deeply devoted to helping others, Conner worked with area youth in a variety of programs — from the YWCA and River Bend Nature Center to after-school programs and Thoughts for Food’s All Ages Event — teaching them to swim and canoe, coaching various sports, and more.

Families are invited to come and have fun in honor of Conner’s love of music, and the many gifts he shared with people of all ages throughout the community. 

Cultural Sensitivity Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 2017 8am-12:30pm
Gateway Technical College – Racine Campus
1001 S Main Street, Racine, WI 53403
Racine Building – Michigan Room

Visioning a Greater Racine and co-sponsors are offering a workshop on “cultural sensitivity training” designed to enable us to be aware of the strengths and limitations of relating to others based on our own personal and social place in society. We represent common commitments and organizations that reflect racial, ethnic, gender, and other differences.

Diversity in itself does not assure thoughtful and informed engagement. It is a beginning. This workshop addresses the social and power aspects of cultural differences based on race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, different ability, economic resources, or position.

Shawn Smith from the Alma Institute will lead us in this workshop. He comes highly recommended as a person who can guide us through some introspective and interactive processes that will lead us to learn more about ourselves and others. Last fall, Shawn led a similar workshop for Visioning a Greater Racine, an experience that was well received by participants. Now we are joining with co-sponsors to extend the reach of these efforts.

It is our common hope that the awareness of ourselves and our sensitivity to others will give us the competence and confidence to engage one another with respect and frankness and help to assure the success of our collective efforts to create a community that is life-giving for all.

Wherever you are in your journey to address racism and cultural difference, we hope this workshop will be a meaningful experience that will deepen your commitment and lead to further efforts to engage these issues. We invite you to participate with us in this workshop.

To attend this event, please register here.

Ongoing Programs and Submission Opportunities

Kenosha/Racine Poet Laureate Program

The Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program is seeking applications from June 1 through August 5, 2017 for the position of Racine Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for poetry, encouraging creative expression and literacy, while celebrating the power and beauty of language in the greater Racine area. The person in this position writes and shares their work in public appearances, workshops and exhibits, and engages the public to find and share their own voice.

Applications and more information are available at the Racine Public Library, online at the Library website, and on the Left of the Lake website, Completed applications and supporting documents should be delivered to the Racine Public Library, Poet Laureate Program,  75 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403 or sent to Questions on applying or on the program should be directed to Nick Demske of Racine Public Library at or (262) 619-2570.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by November 1, 2017 and reside in Racine County, including its city, towns and villages. They need to have access to reliable transportation, either public or private, and agree to maintain residency in Racine County during the term of appointment to this position.

Dependent on availability of funds and approval of the program’s committee on their use, the Poet Laureate may attend conferences, seminars and workshops and/or finance their creative project, along with other items related to the purpose of the Program. The Committee strives to obtain adequate funding for the Program through grants and donations.

This is the fourth time that a Poet Laureate will be crowned in Racine. Past recipients include Darin Zimpel and Stephen Kalmar II (2011-13),  Nick Ramsey (2013-15), and Jessie Lynn McMains (2015-17).  The program’s committee also appoints the Poet Laureate of Kenosha and encourages the poets from both communities to work together to further the mission of the program.

The program is made possible through the Racine Public Library and Kenosha Public Library, in cooperation with Left of the Lake, LLC, a small press publisher, arts magazine, and art gallery, showcasing the work of artists and authors from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Racine Arts Council Writer in Residence Program

BONK! volunteer, Elkid Marie Alvarez, is the 2nd recipient of the Writer in Residence program at the Racine Arts Council. She will be hanging out at The Arts Council building (409 6th St.) Fridays 12pm – 5pm. Swing by and say hi!

You can also read the weekly writer in residence blog here!

Reoccurring Events

Grassroots Open Mic
6-8:30 pm every second and fourth Wednesday
Robert’s Roost
600 Sixth St Racine, WI 53403

Divino Open Mic
6-9 pm every Friday (Except First Fridays)
Divino Gelato
245 Main Street Racine, WI 53403