Kewaunee County is asking local artists to help them showcase the coastal beauty of Kewaunee County on March 13 at a meeting with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials, regarding a proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary.
Kewaunee County is requesting to be included in a NOAA preferred plan that focuses on the shorelines of Manitowoc, Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties. The designation of becoming a National Marine Sanctuary, not only protects shipwrecks of historic value, it can also be a great asset to tourism.
All types of artwork – whether it’s from a camera or on a canvas – are sought that shows the beauty of the lakeshore in the area beaches, charter boats, waves, windsurfers on Lake Michigan, historic lighthouses, etc.
Kewaunee County Board Supervisor Lee Luft has been spearheading the effort to get Kewaunee County on the map with NOAA. “Of the 3,144 counties in the entire United States, only about 70 are fortunate enough to be situated on one of the Great Lakes and of course Kewaunee County is one of those fortunate few,” said Luft. “There is only one other Great Lakes Marine Sanctuary on Lake Huron and the communities near to this sanctuary continue to benefit from the increased attention.”
Kewaunee County has created an informational webpage on kewauneeco.org, titled “National Marine Sanctuary,” for the public. Visitors find the “Call for Art” request to help show local appreciation for living on the lakeshore.
If interested, submit artwork along with an easel to display it from March 6 – 10. To arrange a day and time for drop-off or any questions, contact Jennifer Schneider, Kewaunee County tourism coordinator/public information officer at [email protected] or 920.388.0567 and Sara Robertson, Algoma parks and recreation director, at [email protected] or 920.487.5480.