A major part of our Arts Initiative is the exchange of musicians and musical culture between our sister communities. In May 2012, when Fox Cities jazz greats Janet Planet and John Harmon (pictured above) traveled to Kurgan for a concert and educational seminars with schools and universities, they officially kicked off our commitment to arts programming. Through a partnership with a non-profit arts development organization in the Kurgan Region, we hope to continue and expand these exchanges.
Exhibitions and Events
In 2011, together with the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI, the Fox Cities-Kurgan Sister Cities Program organized a long-term exhibition of works from Kurgan artists. The events opened the doors to more involvement in the arts, and led to several concerts and the hosting of a world-famous quartet from the Konevets Monastery in St. Petersburg, Russia. Through partnerships like these, we seek out opportunities to connect the art communities in Kurgan and the Fox Cities, and to share this aspect of our cultures with each other.