Creative Imperatives

2022 Festival

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This year’s festival will celebrate the constantly-evolving nature of the arts:  finding inspiration in one work of art to create another, reconfiguring ways of work to embrace technology or survive a pandemic, and reinventing itself to help engage the community in conversations around social and cultural questions. To complement our featured guests: composer Steven Bryant, artist Leslie Iwai, and Minneapolis-based Theater Mu, the festival will showcase the idea of adaptation-- in all of these forms—through workshops, presentations, discussions, and performances from faculty and students in Art, Communication Studies, English, Music, and Theatre Arts.


Meet the 2022 Festival Guests and see a schedule preview.





Creative Imperatives events are free and open to the public. The Creative Imperatives festival has been possible through the support of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse School of Visual and Performing Arts.


Creative Imperatives has been established to:

  • Promote the creative/scholarly works of faculty, students, and staff in the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Invigorate dialogue about arts and communication with regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists and scholars.
  • Showcase innovative and thought-provoking performances, presentations, lectures, and exhibitions for the greater La Crosse and University communities.