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

This is the 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. Guest will experience breathtaking shark models, learn about 180 shark species “swimming” in an immersive setting, view shark artifacts, view displays about Indigenous cultures connections with sharks and the impact climate change has had on shark habitats. The Mulva Cultural Center is one of only four U.S. stops for the Sharks exhibit.

Films

Final Days: Ending Monday, May 27

Continuing in June

May Special Event Films: Mental Health Awareness Month

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. The 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.

 

    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.

    May

    • Thurs. May 30 (5-7 p.m.) Pianist and Harpist Jill Grohusky

    June

    • Sat. June 1 (12-2 p.m.) Pianist Kayla Peeters
    • Thurs. June 13 (5-7 p.m.) Pianist and Harpist Jill Grohusky
    • 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 –The 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 or films.

       LEGO Printmaking

       Date: June 8, 2024

      Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      Cost: Free 

      Description: Join us for a fun and creative drop-in activity where you can explore the world of LEGO printmaking! In this hands-on session, you’ll use LEGO bricks as stamps to create your own unique designs on paper. Experiment with different LEGO pieces and ink colors to craft your own patterns, shapes, and images. Then take your creation home to share with your family and friends!