Vibrant, world-renowned arts and exhibits inside an iconic cultural center in the heart of historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin.

Mulva Cultural Center.

Exhibits

May 25, 2024-September 2, 2024

Created by one of the world’s leading LEGO® brick artists and only LEGO® Certified Professional (LCP) in the southern hemisphere, Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught. This exhibition is The Brickman’s ultimate A-Z of LEGO® brick models! Designed to showcase the creativity and possibilities within the simple LEGO brick, Bricktionary exhibition includes more than 150 custom-built models created by Brickman and his team based on the letters of the alphabet. From a leaping life-sized Orca to a towering Saturn V Rocket that stretches from floor to ceiling, Bricktionary pushes the limits of what’s possible to create with LEGO® bricks.

Bricktionary: The Interactive Exhibition is the ultimate LEGO® brick experience, offering a fun-filled journey of creation for families, children, and adults alike. With interactive build zones and hands-on challenges featuring over 1 million LEGO bricks, participants will learn how to turn LEGO® dreams into reality with amazing creations and something to spark everyone’s creativity.

E is for… Earthquake! Encounter a new level of interactive experience with our Earthquake Challenge! Visitors to Bricktionary must build a LEGO® brick model to survive an earthquake! Learn how to make your LEGO builds strong then test your skills against our Earthquake machine! How long can your build last?

G is for… Garden! With a beautiful giant-sized nearly 8 foot tall Begonia LEGO model as the central piece, the Bricktionary Garden is a meeting place where visitors can let their creativity flow. With no rules, visitors can create their own masterpiece to place in the garden, whether it be a fairy, a mushroom, or a cute bunny rabbit. Made from LEGO® or DUPLO® the only limit is your imagination.

S is for… Spaceship! Are you ready to explore the galaxy? Unleash your creativity and design your own unique LEGO spaceship. Build whatever intergalactic vehicle you like, or use the incredible 16-foot-high Saturn V LEGO model on display for inspiration.

Bricktionary truly has something for everyone, inviting the whole family to explore their creativity. Learn the secrets of model building, with special panels within the exhibition that explain LEGO® terms and techniques. Bricktionary aims to teach children and adults alike the secrets of building with LEGO® bricks and what they are capable of.

Inspired by Brickman’s bestselling book, ‘The Bricktionary: The Ultimate A-Z of LEGO’, this exhibition is all about using LEGO® bricks to inspire and celebrate the power of imagination. As part of the Bricktionary exhibition, Brickman gave his team a chance to build a LEGO® brick.

Sharks!

October 5, 2024-January 5, 2025

Enter the waters of these fascinating creatures, more than 450 million years old. Sharks, created by the Australian Museum, which saw record attendance in its debut showing. Visitors will experience breathtaking shark models, learn about 180 shark species “swimming” in an immersive setting, view shark artifacts, view displays about indigenous cultures and connections with sharks, and the impact that climate change has had on shark habitats. Mulva Cultural Center is one of the first four stops for the Sharks exhibit.

Films

New Lego Movies. Now Playing

Continuing in June

June Special Event Films:

June Special Event Films: National PTSD Awareness Day

Education Opportunities

Contemplating Vincent van Gogh’s Compassionate Life and Art

Date: June 26, 2024

Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Participants: 20 participants (ages 14+)

Cost: $30

Description: Discover the compassionate life of Vincent van Gogh by contemplating his paintings and letters. This program will sketch the life of Vincent by reading portions of letters that explore his reason for being. In addition, participants will learn about the evolution and creative expression in his paintings. Participants will gain appreciation of Vincent’s story, the symbolism in his art, and the emergence of compassion. Furthermore, participants will engage in letter writing, imitating Vincent van Gogh’s letters to loved ones, to deepen their understanding and connection to his life and works.

Instructor: Shauna Froelich

Shauna is a Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She teaches on Vincent van Gogh’s letters and paintings and appreciates Vincent’s compassion. She holds degrees in History and Law from Xavier University and Marquette University Law School respectively. Shauna’s family life is full of energy as she lives on the Bay with four teenagers, a dog, and her husband, Ryan. In her free time, she loves sailing, skiing, painting, and yoga.

 


    Lego Picture Frames

    Date: July 10, 2024 

    Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

    Participants – Min 5 Max 18 (ages 10+)

    Cost: $25     

    Description: Is there anything that can’t be built with LEGOs? Join us to create a unique picture frame using these versatile blocks! Participants will build a standing frame that can accommodate a variety of sizes and shapes, as well as be disassembled and redesigned for future use.

    Artist Educator: Michelle Sharp

    Instructor Bio: Michelle Sharp (b. 1992) is an artist and adventurer born and raised in Tarkio, Missouri. Working primarily with photography and bookmaking media, she finds inspiration in the mundane, the acts of sharing and discovery, literature, and structured systems. Michelle received a BFA with honors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2015; her major was Photography with minors in Writing and Science. Michelle currently lives in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin.

    Michelle has shown work in various online exhibitions, such as Lenscratch and F-Stop Magazine, as well as Milwaukee galleries such as Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, The Portrait Society Gallery, and Gallerie M. Her photographs have been featured in the 2014 Best of College and High School Photography publication by Photographer’s Forum, and various independent publications.  Michelle’s zines and other book works can be found in collections at the University of Milwaukee Special Collections Library and The Athens Zine Bibliotheque. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at The Art Garage in Green Bay, Arts Connective in De Pere, and through community art projects with The Building for Kids Children’s Museum and the Waupaca Arts Hub. Michelle regularly has essays published in fsm., an arts review journal and publishing platform covering contemporary arts in the Greater Fox River Valley of Wisconsin.

    LEGO Robotics Building and Coding (one-day camp

    Date: July 19, 2024 

    Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

    Participants:  12 – 28 (Students entering grades 4-7 in the fall of 2024 – Ages 9-14)

    Cost: $20

    Description: Led by Brown County First Robotics, this one-day camp is designed to introduce children into the STEM based careers involving computer programing and robotics. Students will work in teams of 2-3 to construct a LEGO Robot of their own design, using LEGO Education Spike Prime kits, to complete competition tasks on a 4’ x 8’ mat area. Students will experience working as a team, computer programing with drag and drop block programming, and engineering principles such as levers, gears, balance, and much more. Each student team will select a challenge to focus on from (2-3) different competition mats.

    Educator: Nic Kaufmann, Director for FIRST LEGO League Challenge which is one of four competition levels within the non-profit Brown County FIRST Robotics group.

     

    Additional Volunteers: Many of Brown County FIRST Robotics volunteers who will be helping with this program are coaches on Challenge Teams in Brown County or are students who are involved in the program.

    Good Buffalo “Vibrations of the Earth” Concert

    Date: July 20 

    Time:  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Participants: 200

    Cost: $5 

    Brief Description: Experience the enchanting music of Ace Champion, also known as “Good Buffalo”, in “Vibrations of the Earth”. As an Ancient Native Tree Flute musician, Good Buffalo plays a variety of flutes from around the world, offering soothing and inspirational sounds to cleanse negative energy from your mind and body.

    Description: Join Ace Champion, also known as “Good Buffalo”, for a transformative musical experience in “Vibrations of the Earth”. As an Ancient Native Tree Flute musician, Good Buffalo plays a variety of flutes from over 25 countries around the world. Allow yourself to be transported by the soothing and inspirational sounds of his Ancient Relaxing Flutes, which will cleanse negative energy from your mind and body.

    In “Vibrations of the Earth”, Good Buffalo shares his love and passion directly from his soul, guiding you on a journey through the enchanting melodies of his diverse flutes. With no script or cover, you are invited to immerse yourself in a deep connection of mind, body, and spirit.

    The powerful sound vibrations resonate with specific parts of your body, promoting self-repair on a cellular level. Experience the natural harmony and healing energy of “Vibrations of the Earth” as Good Buffalo’s music nurtures your soul and connects you to the world around you.

     

    Painting and Learning About Vincent van Gogh

    Date: July 24, 2024 

    Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

    Cost: $30 

    Description: Participants will view paintings that display Vincent’s vibrant brushstrokes and love for nature. The workshop will explore the use of color and texture in painting. Participants will paint a canvas imitating Vincent’s composition, palette and style. All will be inspired by the creative power and unique story of Vincent van Gogh.

    Instructor: Shauna and Whitney Froelich

    Instructor Bios: Shauna is a Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She teaches on Vincent van Gogh’s letters and paintings and appreciates Vincent’s compassion. Her daughter, Whitney is a High School artist who takes studio classes at UW-GB and developed art classes for young children during COVID.

    Shauna holds degrees in History and Law from Xavier University and Marquette University Law School respectively. Shauna’s family life is full of energy as she lives on the Bay with four teenagers, a dog and her husband, Ryan. In her free time, she loves sailing, skiing, painting and yoga.

     

    Stained Glass & Mosaic Bird Bath on Terra Cotta

    Date: July 25, 2024 

    Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

    Participants: 4-24 (ages 12+)

    Cost: $79

    Description: Come and learn how to create a beautiful birdbath with David Calhoon. Our 14-inch saucer will attract birds to your garden and add a bit of pizzaz as well. Choose one of our starter designs, then make it your own with your choice of boarder tiles and background glass.

    Instructor: David Calhoon

    Instructor Bio: David Calhoon is associated with Swanstone Gardens, located just outside Green Bay, Wisconsin, it is a delightful place where nature enthusiasts and garden craft lovers come together to learn, create, and enjoy camaraderie.

    Upcoming Events

    Music in the Atrium

    Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Mulva Cultural Center atrium filled with wonderful music by local artists.

    June

    • Sat. June 1 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
    • Thur. June 13 (5-7 p.m.) Pianist Heather Roberts
    • Sat. June 22 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
    • Sun. June 23 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Pianist and Harpist Jill Grohusky

    July

    • Sat. July 6 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
    • Sun. July 7 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Pianist and Harpist Jill Grohusky
    • Thurs. July 25 (5-7 p.m.) Pianist and Harpist Jill Grohusky
    • Sat. July 27 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters

    August

    • Sat. Aug. 3 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
    • Sat. August 17 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters

      Second Saturday Selections – Mulva Cultural Center’s Second Saturday Selections are free drop-in activities for everyone! A new project or activity will be featured each month, inspired by the themes in our exhibits and films.

       LEGO Jewelry

      Date: July 13, 2024

      Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      Cost: Free

      Description: Join us for a fun, free and creative activity where you’ll learn to make unique jewelry pieces out of LEGO bricks!

       

       

      Handmade Paper

      Date: August 10, 2024

      Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      Cost: Free    Age 5+

      Description: Join us for a free drop-in activity where you can learn the art of making handmade paper! Perfect for all ages and skill levels, this creative session guides you through the process of transforming recycled paper scraps into beautiful paper sheets using a frame and mesh screen. Customize your creation with dried flowers and glitter for a personal touch. All materials are provided; stop by and get creative!