Experience Beloit | The Castle brings new life to old building

John and Jody Wittnebel have always supported the arts in Beloit. So much so, they decided to take a leap of faith and purchase a historic downtown icon to help keep the arts alive. In 2012, the Wittnebels purchased the former First Presbyterian church building at 501 Prospect St., and transformed it into a performing arts center called The Castle. The venue is available for use by the Beloit International Film Festival, Beloit College, Rock

Engage in Beloit | Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Music Camp

In 2012, a group of local residents who shared a passion for music, came together to discuss ways of creating a summer-only chamber orchestra as a way to reach out and teach music to the young people throughout Southern Wisconsin. “To supplement the offered music classes in the school system, we thought a summer string camp for students might be helpful in developing and encouraging young musicians,” says Greg Roy, business manager and a founding board

Engage in Beloit | Project 16:49

16:49 refers to the amount of hours and minutes between the end of the school day and when the school day starts again the next morning. In 2010, director R.E. Burgos created Sixteen Forty-Nine, a moving documentary film about the more than 1,000 homeless teens living in Rock County. The film was shown at the Beloit International Film Festival and later won the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth media award.

Engage in Beloit with Leadership Development Academy of Rock County

Leadership Development Academy of Rock County LDA members team up to help keep our communities clean. About a decade ago, some Rock County business leaders came together and determined they needed to create a leadership pipeline. With that in mind, they formed the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County (LDA), an organization that gives participants the opportunity to learn about Rock County’s history, economy, culture and government. “It’s a wonderful concept,” says executive director Russell