ArtStart History & Mission


The History of ArtStart:

ArtStart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

Between 2009 and 2011, a group of community-minded citizens proposed the City of Rhinelander purchase the original Post Office building from the Federal Government and lease it to the organization, as a creative place-making project; to be transformed into a destination arts and cultural center.

The City of Rhinelander agreed and ArtStart was officially formed in 2011. ArtStart volunteers gathered and renovated the building into a modern space with two galleries, a children's art classroom or conference room, both an indoor and outdoor stage, and bar area. There are several office spaces in the ArtStart building which are leased to artists, music instructors, health coaches, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. 

Since 2011, ArtStart has been a staple in the downtown community hosting over 100 events annually and bringing culture and creative community development to the forefront of citizen minds.


ArtStart's mission: To strengthen our community through arts education and cultural engagement.

ArtStart's vision: To continue as a cornerstone for community arts engagement. As a highly distinctive cultural center, ArtStart provides a variety of exhibitions, programming and event activities which leverage art to engage community members in cultural, social, and economic development.

68 S. Stevens Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Gallery Hours
11am - 5pm Thursday - Saturday (Wednesday in the Summer)
Gallery tours available upon request