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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, 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 Complete the Restoration of Our Grounds 

In August of 2016, a series of downpours caused catastrophic damage to walkways at the Shake Ray Alley Center for the Arts. Doors were closed to visitors while we patched things up as best as we could, knowing a long-term solution was needed. After consulting with city officials, local contractors and the community, we undertook a comprehensive re-working of the water channels: excavating a deeper, wider path for water flow and reconstructing two raised bridges. Gary and Sharon continue to landscape the area with rocks and plants to prevent erosion and improve the aesthetics.

Although the work has not resulted in outstanding bills, this unforeseen need did generate budgetary reductions in other areas. Your generous contribution would help keep us on track, as your feet safely tread the magical paths of our little campus.