Introspect Arts is a fine arts company comprised of artists under the age of 25. Our goal is to inspire social change in our community through the creation of art. We believe the creation of original art is the best way to create the change we wish to see in society and for the past five years we have come together each summer to do just that. From rock-ballets, to original musicals, to art galleries, Introspect is committed to instilling the importance of activism while nurturing a new generation of artists. Beyond our art, Introspect is committed to creating an inspiring and creative community for young people to explore their world and discover new ideas. We encourage all of our members to be free-thinking and independent individuals prepared to help others in creating a better world for all.
In 2009, Lindsay Kujawa and Nate Barr founded Introspect with the intention to disband the common misconception that youth today are apathetic and are a lost generation. Both Kujawa and Barr strongly believe in being "socially-aware" artists, so in addition to writing socially charged productions, Introspect is also extremely involved in community service. The ultimate goal of Introspect is to create a community of young artists ready and willing to change the world through art.
In the past we have been honored to have partnered with Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre, Everest Academy for the Arts, and Wausau Community Theatre. After three very successful seasons partnering with these organizations (see past performances) Kujawa and Barr decided to branch out and create a standalone non-profit to go beyond just being a dance company. In 2012, Introspect expanded to involve all mediums of art, and foster the development of up and coming local young artist. Through the help of many community members, including Dave Junion and Wausau Community Theatre, Introspect is excited to open its doors to a new artists and looks forward to seeing the change they can make in the world. We are currently going through the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit and are looking to be approved and completely independent by 2013. Until then we are excited to be operating under the umbrella of Wausau Community Theatre, a Wisconsin 501(c)(3) non-profit.
While it is true that the greater Wausau area is extremely fortunate to have other performing arts groups, Introspect provides something completely unique and different. Introspect is more than just an arts company, it is a community. Our community of Introspect provides a vital and important need to our community as a whole. Introspect gives youth a voice and a venue in which they can truly express themselves, discover who they are, and who they want to become in a positive atmosphere. Fostering and mentoring are extremely important to the company. In a time when the line between the arts and education keeps getting further apart, Introspect brings the two closer together.