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CREATE to host ‘Make Music Day in Wisconsin’ meeting

Metro Wire Staff

The IDEA Center is hosting a special meeting to help plan the state’s involvement in Make Music Day.

Arts Wisconsin is teaming up with Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, to get people, organizations, businesses, and communities throughout Wisconsin interested and involved in music and community, and to promote Make Music Day in Wisconsin as an annual event.

Aaron Friedman, Director of Make Music Day, based in New York City, will be traveling around Wisconsin October 26-30, 2019, to promote Wisconsin’s participation on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

He stops at the IDEA Center, 1039 Ellis St., on Oct. 26, from 1-2 p.m.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the “Fête de la Musique” and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

“From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, storefronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year,” a news release from CREATE Portage Co. read in part.

“Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, and businesses, buildings, schools, churches and synagogues, and other institutions, can participate,” said Greg Wright, executive director at the IDEA Center, in the email release. “This is a great opportunity for community building and creative placemaking around a musical holiday.”

Make Music Wisconsin is already celebrated in Appleton, Land O’Lakes, Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Reedsburg, and Rhinelander.

The October 26 meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. RSVP’s are requested to Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, at akatz@artswisconsin.org. Motorists can use the Water St. lot across the street from Edgewater Manor.

For more information go to www.makemusicday.org.