Mission Statement

The mission of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, Inc. is to promote the visual and performing arts through an alliance of artists, individuals, educational resources, and organizations to promote creativity and diversity that will serve to educate and enrich the lives of the residents of the Whitewater community and surrounding areas.

WAA Purpose Statements

To make the visual and performing arts an essential part of the lives of all Whitewater citizens. To foster an appreciation for these arts by initiating partnerships, developing new audiences, and sponsoring diverse artistic activities by emerging and established artists and art organizations while preserving Whitewater's rich, diverse, and historic culture.

To nurture an appreciation for the arts by working cooperatively with a consortium of artists, art organizations, and art advocates in our community to foster lifelong involvement with the arts for our children, our community, and our individual lives, and make Whitewater a better place to live.

To support, promote, and develop the arts as an essential and integral part of revitalization and growth for our community.

2018 Annual Report

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Taylor McDarison
Gallery Manager

I was raised in the small township of Richmond, WI for most of my life on a modest three-acre hobby farm. It is at my childhood abode, like most local artists, that I discovered my love for animals, nature, and art. This passion drove me to participate in WAA from 2014 – 2017 as their Recording Secretary during my undergraduate studies, and I am happy to find my way back to the nonprofit. Within the hiatus I founded Arttaysia, LLC,

a creative entrepreneurship from which I sell my works, disseminate progress photography/footage, cultivate a community of art enthusiasts, and more.

My education includes the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a BFA with emphases in Sculpture/Ceramics. I have presented art related research in Iowa (2016 Upper Midwest Honors Conference), Minnesota (2016 National Council of Undergraduate Research), Washington (2015 National Council of Undergraduate Research), and Wisconsin (2017 Global Intergenerational conference). I have served on the executive boards of over 10 student and community organizations. I have displayed my work in galleries located in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Washington. 

the Cultural Arts Center

The Whitewater Cultural Arts Center is the home of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, Inc and is located on the second floor of the historical building, the White Memorial Library.

An excerpt from the Whitewater Landmarks brochure: "The White Memorial Library is an example of simple classicism with its hip roof, entrance decorated with colossal ionic columns and full pediment over a wide frieze. This design is one of the standard library designs by the noted architectural firm of Claude and Starch of Madison. These architects were well known for their prairie style houses and the interior of this building is in this style. Mary Flavia White donated this building to the city for use by the Whitewater Free Library (1904 to 1992). It now is home to the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center and the Whitewater Public television station."