Ashley for the Arts is a non-profit initiative that provides the entire family with world class entertainment, art, exercise and family fun for a remarkably low cost. It is also one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events, raising $535,500 in 2018 for 51 non-profit organizations, including participating schools, children’s charities and medical research. This music and arts festival was conceptualized and established by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) in 2009. Today, more than 70,000 people attend the event held in Arcadia, Wisconsin’s Memorial Park.
“The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.”
Our Flagship Event
The beautiful 54-acre Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wisconsin serves as the backdrop for the initiative’s flagship event. The park features Soldier’s Walk, widely recognized as one of the country’s premier war memorials. Two miles of walkways link different areas of the park, subtly directing pedestrian traffic by art & craft vendors, three stages, a car show, a hot air balloon launch, air park, interactive art station, kid’s kingdom playground, food and beverage booths, and much more.
Featured pieces of local art and history decorate the walkways, showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists and heroic contributors. The event boasts three separate stages. The main stage opens up to a large green space to accommodate spectators for headlining performances (lawn chairs welcome). The fabulous Millennium Amphitheater showcases area school districts on the park’s preeminent stage. The Pavilion stage provides a more intimate setting indoors located centrally on the event grounds. Saturday’s schedule includes an unforgettable fireworks show.
Running enthusiasts and casual participants, alike, are encouraged to partake in the Pursuit of a Cure 5K Run/Walk event. The hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders are sure to be captivated and inspired by interactive, kid-friendly activities, playgrounds, and a youth obstacle course event.
Supported Schools and Organizations
Specifically, the event helps raise awareness and funds in support of the following non-profit organizations:
American Cancer Society
Aquinas Catholic School
Arcadia Holy Family Catholic School
Arcadia Lion’s Club
Black River Falls Schools
Blue Angels Gymnastics
Cochrane-Fountain City Schools
Communities Off n’ Funning
Frenchville Cloverleaves 4H
Hope Lutheran School
Independence Power Lifting
Logan High School
Montana Ridge Pioneers 4H
Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire Explorer Post 521
Rita Tranberg Memorial
Saint Boniface Catholic School
Saint Matthew’s Lutheran School
Saints Peter & Saint Paul Catholic School
Team Vogel vs. Cancer
Trempealeau County Fair
Trempealeau County Robotics
United for a Dream
Venturing Crew 13
West Salem Schools
Winona State University