Events & Engagement


Creating opportunities for people from across the state to connect, engage, and learn from one another

PBS Wisconsin hosts various events, including the annual Garden & Landscape Expo and The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show in Madison and free community events around the state, that spark public dialogue, encourage lifelong learning, and foster a sense of belonging.


Create. Learn. Celebrate.

Presented by PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions for 20 years and counting.

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is an exciting three-day event that celebrates the art of quilting. Guests can explore exhibits of truly stunning quilts, shop for the latest offerings from vendors, and discover new ideas from leading quilt educators.



Photo by Peg Thompson
Photo by Peg Thompson

Photo by Peg Thompson


The Quilt Show is a marvelous exhibition of art, talent, and heartfelt community involvement. To be where so many come together to enjoy this visual and tactile event is such a personal joy. I was smiling throughout the entire viewing of the quilt exhibition.


Cultivating a love of gardening

Garden & Landscape Expo is a three-day event celebrating the latest trends in gardening, landscaping, local foods, and ecological sustainability. Now in its 32nd year, this event offers free educational presentations, an exhibitor mall, a floral design competition, and more.



Photo by Peg Thompson.
Photo by Peg Thompson.

Photo by Peg Thompson.


Excellent learning experience for a new gardener. Everyone, from volunteers to vendors and presenters were helpful, patient and willingly shared their knowledge and expertise.

Wisconsin in Black & White

Sparking crucial conversations with Wisconsin in Black & White

A partnership project of PBS Wisconsin and Justified Anger, an initiative of the Madison-based Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.

Wisconsin in Black & White exposes racial disparities in the daily lives of Wisconsinites. In collaboration with Justified Anger, we engaged the community through a screening and panel discussion experienced in-person by over 250 people.



An audience watching a screening of Wisconsin in Black and White.
An audience watching a screening of Wisconsin in Black and White.

It is the Wisconsin Idea, expanding our knowledge beyond the classroom, because all of us need continuing education.



Building bridges through the Wisconsin Muslim Project

PBS Wisconsin co-hosted screenings with Altoona Mosque, Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and We Are Many United Against Hate

With an immersive photo gallery, new stories from Wisconsin Life, and collaborations with local leaders, PBS Wisconsin hosted community events in Madison, Eau Claire and Milwaukee. Learn more about our engagement work.


attendees across 3 cities

Portrait by Lila Aryan from The Wisconsin Muslim Project online gallery.

Portrait by Lila Aryan from The Wisconsin Muslim Project online gallery.


Bringing Wisconsin Pride across the state

A groundbreaking collaboration between PBS Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

LGBTQ+ history is Wisconsin history, and we brought these stories to every corner of the state through community events and by amplifying the work of local organizations.

PBS Wisconsin and our partners hosted events in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Mineral Point and Rhinelander.

An image of the poster for Wisconsin Pride.
events across the state
cities across Wisconsin

Wisconsin Pride Event Partners

Diverse & Resilient

Enduring Families Project

La Crosse Public Library Archives

Lawrence University I.D.E.A.S.

Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Milwaukee Pride

Nicolet College Rainbow Hodags

OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center

Pendarvis House

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ+ Center

UW-Green Bay Archives

UW-Green Bay Pride Center

UW-La Crosse History Department

Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project


As a member of the gay community, I have always heard of gay and lesbian leaders elsewhere in the United States. It never occurred to me that there were so many amazing people in our history!


Statement to the Communities We Serve

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read the full statement.