Jul 25, 2019
McSweeney, Jeff - Director
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Jeff will share the business story of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  


The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that strives to strengthen and connect our community by engaging people in the arts. The Mabel offers a full performing arts season, outreach programming, and an annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to providing our own programming, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts partners with many community organizations, including University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie Public Library, area schools, and the Menomonie Theater Guild.

The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater was constructed in 1889 as a tribute to Mabel Tainter, a young woman who loved music and the arts. The Memorial was commissioned by her parents, Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter. Captain Tainter was a lumber baron and silent partner with Knapp, Stout, & Co. The building was constructed during the grand Victorian era, and no expense was spared. The facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres, and is a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site. 

In 2007, the theater underwent an addition and renovation. The addition provided numerous fire/life safety improvements, accessibility updates, and modernized building systems. The interior restoration involved investigation and careful repair or reconstruction of the elaborate Moorish style decoration. Theater seating was widened and refurbished to enhance the visitor's experience. The result is a theater that can continue its historic legacy and be appreciated for generations to come.