Jean Detjen

President & Founder

A strong passion for art of all kinds has been with me since I was a child, and I’ve been working in support of the arts since 2013. The beautiful state of Wisconsin where I was born and raised is where my home and heart is.

Along my creative journey, I saw some gaps needing attention in my local arts community. The root elements of a strong creative ecosystem were there, but visible and approachable connective tissue was lacking. With the vision of a social entrepreneur, I founded NEWAA in 2017 to help grow that support structure.

We may have met if you attended one of more of the “Take Me to the River” art pop-ups I curated throughout the Fox Cities. Some of you may also remember me from early involvement with Appleton’s Mile of Music Festival in its early days.

My freelance side gigs have included representing visual artists, writing a newspaper arts column, and organizing a live music series, among other things. While I enjoy all variety of artistic endeavors, writing poetry is my favorite creative outlet.

Volunteering in my community has always been important to me, especially in the areas of social justice, education and art. Presently I serve as a Placemaking Team Member with Creative Appleton Downtown, Inc. (ADI) in my hometown, Appleton. Recently I joined a newly formed discussion group of Arts and Culture Stakeholder in the Greater Green Bay community. I look forward to continuing with these important, collaborative initiatives and beyond!

I hold a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame (USA & London, UK) with an emphasis in Fine Arts, Journalism/Communications, and Social Sciences. A zest for lifelong learning about all variety of subjects keeps me ever-curious.

Some personal arts honors include: Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Annual Award Ceremony 2018 & 2014 Presenter, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Arts Festival 2018 Juror; ADI Avant-Garde Challenge 2018 Judge; Art at the Park 2017 Juror; Women Magazine December 2016 Cover; Trout Museum of Art 2012 Volunteer of the Year