Trout Museum of Art

Fare-Well: Art & Death Café

Fare-Well: Art & Death Café, new in 2024, is a free art education program intended to encourage community conversations about death and mortality through the lens of history, art, and creativity. Death Cafés are a global movement aiming to normalize discussions about death, an often-taboo topic.

With discussion alongside a creative art project, artist and facilitator, Elyse-Krista, will show how death awareness has historically been integral to art and existence. We’ll learn how to, if not verbally talk about death, how artists use objects and symbolism to communicate emotions and thoughts regarding the passing of time, the truth about vitality, and the reality of mortality. This monthly free program will become gateways for moments of conversation in the art studio, home, and community that will help us to both individually and collectively fare well.

Dates: Fare-Well: Art & Death Café hosts two sessions monthly.
First Saturday | 10AM – 11:30AM
Third Wednesday | 6PM – 7:30PM*
*The August Wednesday offering of this workshop will be held on Aug 14 (second Wed.), not Aug 20 (the regular third Wed.)

Thank you to our program kick-off sponsors, Telmark Sales Solutions and Wichmann Funeral Homes Fund.

Elyse-Krista Mische

Elyse-Krista Mische is an artist, Thanatologist, and funeral ambassador. Like a detective uses clues to solve a problem, Elyse-Krista uses multidisciplinary creative practice, Thanatology (the scientific study of death), and interactions with people and places to gain insight into personal and collective existential issues.

In 2011, she earned her BA in studio art from Lawrence University and is currently completing a Master of Science Degree in Thanatology (Death Studies) through Marian University, she has her Dementia Specialist Designation from the UW-Oshkosh, and is a certified TimeSlips facilitator.

Elyse-Krista is excited to found and facilitate Fare-Well: Art & Death Café in partnership with TMA. She looks forward to creating and talking with you about art, life, death, and everything in between!


We are located at 111 W College Avenue Appleton, WI 54911. There is a parking ramp across the street on the corner of Lawrence and Appleton Street and metered street parking as well.

Please use the back entrance which is located off of Kimball Alley near the Bazils patio and glass elevator. There will be signs directing you where to go as well. Note that if class is being held after museum hours, our front entrance will not be open. Class will be held on the 5th floor of the museum in studio two (which is the second classroom down the hall after you exit the elevator).



Aug 03 2024

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Trout Museum of Art
Trout Museum of Art
111 W College Ave Appleton
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