Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
— a Wellspring of Creativity in Arts & Crafts
Arts and Crafts Workshops and cultural events in a wide variety of visual, literary, and performance arts take place at Shake Rag Alley and Alley Stage, in the historic heart of Mineral Point WI.
Early miners clustered their cabins in the valley around Federal Spring. The spring is still bubbling, and today a nonprofit arts education center, Shake Rag Alley, Inc., occupies nine buildings in the 2.5 acre oasis of gardens, trees, and rambling paths. Shake Rag Alley hosts a vibrant children's program, Alley Stage theater, concerts, and other cultural events, as well as adult art workshops.
Students come from all over the country to join in the creative fun that takes place here. Several buildings are used as classrooms, and some summer classes happen under the trees or under tents. Additional classroom space is available in studios nearby in this artist community which has 17 art studio-galleries within just a few blocks of Shake Rag Street.
For more information about Mineral Point Wisconsin, see the town's web site.
Lodging is available on or near campus in historic, charming rooms. See Shake Rag Alley Lodging.
Watch a video of our executive director, Megan Kulick, giving a presentation on the Art and History at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point.
Help Restore Our Grounds
In August of this year (2016), in a matter of two weeks, we experienced three different downpours that caused the most significant damage the paths have seen in years; damage that caused us to close doors to visitors until we could get repairs in place. We’ve patched things up as best as we can but a long term solution is needed and we are working with city officials, local contractors and the community to ensure we don’t see another summer of destruction here on our magical little campus.
Shake Rag Alley's programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.