Tribune Update | 2015 Issue 13
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Construction progress continues
There has been a lot of activity at the Tribune over the last six weeks and the first phase of construction (interior demolition and abatement) is almost complete. All of the walls and offices are no longer intact, and the space is wide open. As Steve Turner, Tribune Construction Project Manager, shared when standing in the second floor circular area (seen below), “I can now visualize the space – the computers that will circle the skylight with the art tables and easels scattered throughout the floor. While standing where the wall of windows will be, I could see the river and the people sitting in the outdoor portion of the cafe/brewpub having conversations and enjoying the view.”

Click here to enjoy a 30 second fast-motion clip of the disassembly of an old press in the Tribune Building.

Preparation work for additional construction will continue throughout the winter months, focusing specifically on Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment inventory, IT design, and operational planning.

December 1 meeting summary
On December 1, almost 60 residents participated in a Tribune meeting at Renaissance Learning. Attendees received updates related to the Project and the local Makers group. Additionally, in response to conversations at previous meetings about a need for an information sharing tool, our Community Connections Team introduced a future online platform, scheduled to be released in January 2016. Residents also participated in two activities to help shape events offered in 2016 while the Tribune is under construction. Read the full summary here! 

Art in action in our community
In 2014, Incourage received an ArtPlace America grant to integrate permanent interior and exterior art installations in the Tribune Building. The grant funds seven unique projects in the Tribune. Each tells an important story of our community’s heritage. Now, the artists' work is taking shape and they're engaging residents.
 Watch this video to learn about some of the projects!

August Kochanowski, one of the selected artists for the ArtPlace America grant, has been kept busy by more than just creating steel handrails depicting cranberry bogs for installation in the Tribune Building. Through a partnership between August and the local art educators also participating in the ArtPlace grant, students have had the exciting opportunity to visit the Kochanowski blacksmith studio in Junction City to learn about his art form, of which you can see examples in the above video. Stay tuned for information about a community open house at the Kochanowski Studio and additional opportunities in early 2016!


Another ArtPlace artist, Wisconsin Rapids native Jonathon Engelien, recently launched a blog to chronicle his artistic process and engage the community in how it views and identifies with south Wood County. Incourage CEO Kelly Ryan highlights this in her most recent blog, where she shares that people are our most important asset. Take a few minutes to read both her blog and Jonathon's.

Holiday wishes from Incourage
At Incourage, one of our greatest joys is hearing Tribune participants refer to the building as “our building.” We are grateful for the many gifts that you have shared with us this past year. Through your engagement and support – with gifts of both time and resources – you have demonstrated your commitment to and hope for our community. We wish you a healthy, happy holiday season and an exciting 2016!

Chelsey Mazurek
478 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
© December 11, 2015

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