Creative Kids for a Cause:

Driftless Region Art Showcase

What is the Creative Kids for a Cause: Driftless Region Art Showcase?

Creative Kids for a Cause: Driftless Region Art Showcase is a community event where children create and display artwork that highlights what they love most about family time in the Driftless Region. Use any medium – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, or anything else.

Who can participate and who benefits from this event?

All children are welcome to participate and showcase their creativity. Although this is not the focus of the event, we wanted to add a fun incentive for our young artists so all attendees of the event will have the opportunity to cast votes on their favorite pieces. Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories: Best Family Moment, Best Driftless Region Representation, Best Overall Artwork.

It is free for children to submit their artwork to the Creative Kids for a Cause Driftless Region Art Showcase. To attend the showcase, the entry fee is $5 per person or a max of $20 per family with all proceeds going to the Weis Family Adoption Fund. You can visit the Facebook Event Page and mark 'Going' to let us know you'll be attending, and share the event with your friends to help spread the word!

Not only that, but you'll also have the opportunity to bid on your favorite pieces as we auction off the artwork with 50% of the proceeds going to the kid artist and 50% to the Weis Family Adoption Fund - so you can support young artists and a great cause at the same time.

​We're the Weis Family, Kevin, Devan and our two kids. This event supports our family's adoption process, helping us bring our adoption journey closer to reality. You can learn more about the story of our adoption journey at weisadoption.com.

When is the event?

Event Date and Time:

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Artwork Drop-off Window:

Dates: June 22nd - June 26th
Times:
   June 22nd from 8am-noon,
   June 23rd + 24th from 2-7pm,
   June 25th + 26th from 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm

Where will the event be held?


Trane Park
1500 Chase St, La Crosse, WI 54601

Trane Park is an all-abilities park, offering an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. Families can enjoy the playground before or after viewing the art showcase and bring food for a picnic in the large green space while attending the event or you can further support our family's adoption fund by ordering pizza for dinner through Toppers, who is generously donating a portion of proceeds from any specials ordered the night of the event.

Why are you hosting this event?


This event not only celebrates children's creativity with a focus on the family and the beautiful Driftless Region we live in,  but it also serves as a fundraiser for our family's adoption process. Your participation and support are greatly appreciated and will help make a meaningful difference.

Entry Fee (paid via Cash or Venmo at the event):

Submitting artwork is free.
To attend the showcase and see all the kids' artwork displayed, there is an entry fee of $5/person or a maximum of $20/ family.
All entry fees will go toward our family's adoption fund.

Artwork Auction: You'll also be able to bid on your favorite pieces! 50% of the proceeds will go to the kid artist who created the piece and 50% to our family adoption fund.

Do you have any examples of art projects my child could do?


We’d love to see artwork that showcases what your family loves to do together in the Driftless Region! Whether it’s a favorite outdoor activity, a special place you visit, or a beloved family tradition, let your creativity shine.

Here are some examples of art projects to get you started:

Preschool (Ages 3-5):  finger painting, a family collage, handprint art

Elementary (Ages 6-10):  drawing with crayons or markers, watercolor painting, 3D model

Middle School (Ages 11-13):  mixed media art, photography project, chalk pastel drawing

High School (Ages 14-18):  acrylic painting, digital art, sculpture

General Tips:

Reflect on Family Moments: Think about the times you cherish most with your family and how you can represent them through art.
Use Your Surroundings: Incorporate elements of the Driftless Region, such as its natural beauty and landmarks, into your artwork.
Be Creative: Don’t be afraid to mix different mediums and techniques to bring your vision to life.

If you or your child are not feeling particularly creative, that's okay! Here are a few coloring page options they could choose from:

We can’t wait to see the amazing creations that celebrate family and the Driftless Region! For more details and to submit your artwork, click the button below:

How do I sign my child / children up to participate?


Register: Click the button below to fill out the registration form.

Create: Make a piece of art that showcases what you love most to do with your family here in the Driftless Region. Whether it’s a favorite outdoor activity, a special place you visit together, or a beloved family tradition, let your creativity shine through! Use any medium you like – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital art or anything else – and share what makes family time in the Driftless Region special to you. If you're not sure what to do, we also have 3 options for coloring pages that can be submitted as your artwork.

Submit: Drop off your artwork at our home during the designated window. Location will be provided upon registration.

Join: Come to Trane Park on June 30 to see your artwork displayed and enjoy the event with family and friends.

Event Highlights:

Certificates of participation sent to all participants after the event
All artwork will be prominently displayed
Enjoy the playground and picnic area at Trane Park (order Toppers pizza for dinner and a portion of proceeds go to our family adoption fund)
Art Auction: Artists receive 50% of proceeds from their art (the remaining 50% goes to our family adoption fund)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kevin + Devan Weis