Flooded with inspirations from local artists, downtown Stevens Point offers the perfect place to find a mix of culture and history told through various art forms. Read on to learn more about where to experience Stevens Point's own interactive art and hand-painted murals, then make it a day trip to see it for yourself!Header photo by: @heyitsrachelh
Head to the Transit Stage, near the Stevens Point Bus Depot downtown (by the former Shopko parking lot) to try your hand on the public piano. Be sure to look for it during the warmer months of the year before it's stored away for the winter. This interactive art was donated by a local community member and painted by Rachel Siebers.Photo Credit: @rararachel_bernice
Give life to your social media feed by adding the vibrant colors of one of Stevens Point’s downtown murals. Take a walk around town to find a picturesque backdrop to snap any Instagram or Facebook-worthy photo.
Start on the corner of Water and Clark Streets to see the first-ever mural, the “Rivermen”. This mural depicts our history as a part of the early logging industry. Kelly Meredith, the artist, created this mural with the help of community members filling in colors by number.
Photo Credit: @goatboy91587
For more cool views, go inside the building on the other side of the mural, home to Real Deals on Home Décor.
The Polish Chicken
Continue on to the Mathias Mitchell Public Square (The Square) and you’ll find another piece of our history, the “Polish Chicken” mural. The origin of this mural remains a mystery but is still a fun photo op. The mural is surrounded by benches and is the ideal spot to sit and enjoy a beverage or treat from the farmers market. From this spot, you can also see the Market Day mural located in the southeast corner of the Square.
Create your own design. Check out the coloring page for this mural and other Stevens Point Area landmarks.
Come see a part of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective in art form. You’ll find the #GrabtheGlass mural displayed on the side of Galaxy Comics Games & More on 925 Clark Street. Created by, Nick Goettling, this celebratory mural depicts the core of the Stevens Point Brewery, who commissioned the work for their 160th anniversary. Don't forget to use the hashtag #Grabtheglass on your social media platforms to tag this popular mural.
Photo Credit: @jkernski
Prefer art in a glass? Check out craft breweries, wineries and a distillery that call the Stevens Point Area home.
Looking for more murals?
New murals are dotting the landscape throughout Portage County, as part of Paint the County with CREATE portage county. Learn more about the new murals and where to find them here.
Main Street is lined with creative works of all types: from your plate to your glass, and even trash cans. If you’re popping in to grab some take-out from Bill’s Pizza or a drink at Main Street Taps, be sure to check out the unique designs painted on cans by artists around the community. Trash Canvas is an initiative brought to the community by CREATE Portage County to integrate arts and culture into the downtown scene. Below is a video of the creation of one of the 2021 trash canvas pieces coming to life!
Want to see more?
While you’re downtown, check out these other ARTractions- Q Artists Cooperative, Cultural Commons, & Riverfront Arts Center to find more art on display. Discover more arts and culture in the area and be sure to use #StevensPointArea on your social media and include @StevensPointArea on your Instagram posts for a chance to be featured!