To develop, promote and support the arts in the Lakeland community through education, performance and exhibition.
Situated on one and a half acres in downtown Minocqua, the Campanile Center for the Arts is centrally located and within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and night spots of the Island City. The Center existed for forty- four years as the St. Patrick's Catholic Church until the consolidation of three parishes made this property available. Since the acquisition in May of 2006, many changes have taken place to adapt the building to becoming an arts center. The former sanctuary has been transformed into a performing arts auditorium with a stage replacing what used to be the altar. Plans are in the works to remove the bench style seating and have cushioned chairs put in their place. Not only will this improve the comfort of our attendees but, since they will be removable, this will allow for the use of the auditorium for exhibitions, receptions, banquets and other events. What was once the church rectory is now home to the conservatory wing of the Campanile campus. All aspects of instruction in the arts are available in group and individual instruction settings. Currently our students ages span over six decades so you're never too young to start and never too old to learn.
The Campanile Center for the Arts is an all-inclusive arts center offering:
- Violin, including Suzuki
- Soapstone Carving
- Sketching in the Northwoods
- Book Illustration
- Children's Advanced Art Study
- Children's Summer Theatre School
- Creative Writing
- Community Theatre
- Children's Summer Theatre Workshop
- Campanile Chorus
- Campanile Children's Chorus
- Lakeland Community Concert Band
- Campanile Theatre Players
- Swing/Big Band
- Jazz Dance
- Modern Dance
- Theatre Touring Companies
Area of Service
With a service area stretching as far south as Merrill and north to the upper Peninsula, the Campanile Center for the Arts intends to be a regional arts center, extending its services and programs to those who might not normally be exposed to the arts.
Through the Campanile Conservatory we currently have an excellent teaching staff for music, art, creative writing, theatre and we are ever looking to expand our offerings to meet the demands of the students of our region. The staff currently consists of 10 instructors with outstanding qualifications. They bring talents from around the world and we are truly fortunate to have them. Their dedication to their students and the Conservatory is shown by the many years of struggle to develop this center. Many of them started out at the beginning of the current Conservatory with 3-5 students and are now filling all available hours.
Jean Long is the Center's office administrator and Joseph "Woody" Woodruff is the Executtive Director.
We still have a long way to go and the ever changing world of the Arts will guarantee that Campanile will continue to be a work in progress. However, through the efforts and dedication of our residents and visitors, look how far we have come in such a short span of time! The excitement surrounding the Center increases with every step forward and the momentum continues to build as we provide the area with quality instruction and education in the Arts and a venue for world class entertainers to perform.