Big Arts in the Little Apple

Big Arts in the Little Apple is a program collaboration between The Building for Kids and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra that encourages students to listen to music in a new way. While listening to a chosen piece of music, students are encouraged to imagine the visual aspects in the music and how different elements in the music made them feel. They use that inspiration to create visual art pieces.

This year’s musical piece is “Route 66” by Michael Daugherty. It musically imagines a trip down U.S. Route 66 through elements of jazz and orchestral writing. It premiered on April 25, 1998, at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. Students in the Appleton Area School District have been hard at work creating visual art pieces that are inspired by “Route 66”, and those pieces will be on display throughout the community in February 2018.

The community art exhibit will kick off with the Fox Valley Symphony concert on February 3, with best in show pieces available for viewing that evening at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. All of the nearly 800 pieces will be on display throughout the community from February 3 through March 4.

Check out the map to see where you can view these masterpieces!

Big Arts in the Little Apple is a community collaboration between:

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with support from:



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Appleton Education Foundation


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