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DCA Presents Interactive “Before I Die” Exhibit in Link Gallery iCal

Monday, July 1 2013 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Door Community Auditorium is known for bringing first-class musicians from across the globe to Door County. This summer, DCA joins in another global artistic endeavor, but this time the art is coming from residents of and visitors to Door County.

From now through September 2, DCA is presenting an exhibit in its Link Gallery entitled “Before I Die.” The exhibit consists of walls full of blackboards bearing the repeated phrase “Before I die I want to,” followed by blank spaces. Visitors to the Auditorium are invited to write their own dreams and aspirations on the blanks. Since being installed in the gallery in early June, the exhibit has been met with enthusiastic engagement; many visitors have already recorded their hopes on the DCA blackboards.

 “Before I Die” was created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans. The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.” Today, over 200 “Before I Die” walls have been created in over 15 languages and in over 40 countries, including Kazakhstan, Argentina, China, Italy, Israel, Thailand, and South Africa.

 As the summer progresses, entries will periodically be erased to allow space for new visitors to participate in the exhibit. Comments will be photographed, archived, and shared on the DCA website and with the national movement’s organizers.


Door Community Auditorium’s Before I Die Exhibit was created by Kurt Thomas.  Assistance was provided by Lamperts – Sister Bay, Scott Gordon, Scott Lindgren, and Logan Thomas. 


For the entire lineup of this season’s DCA shows, see For more information on the “Before I Die” project, visit


Door Community Auditorium is located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. 


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