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The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is proud to announce its new series, the Viewpoint Speaker Series.  


The Fox Cities Performing Art Center’s Viewpoint Speaker Series features engaging and dynamic speakers sharing their stories in powerful experiences paired with vivid imagery. The series allows individuals to discover how their own experiences inform how they see themselves and the world. The Viewpoint Speaker Series provides opportunities to inspire through new insights, connect through shared experiences and grow in your sense of appreciation and understanding.

“We are thrilled to present the Viewpoint Speaker Series as part of the 2023-24 Season,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. President and CEO Maria Van Laanen. “The Viewpoint Speaker Series will provide an opportunity for audience members to share in the excitement of these great pioneers while learning how these experiences help shape our understanding of the world around us.” 

The 2023-24 Viewpoint Speaker Series includes titles:


Through the Lens: Creating a Ripple

Photographer | Annie Griffiths

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

See the world through a camera lens with Midwest native, photographer and Founder/Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Ripple Effect Images, Annie Griffiths. As one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has traveled to more than 100 countries, capturing the pure essence of remote villages, urban jungles and more, discovering one truth: that people who have the least, give the most. Looking Through the Lens: Creating a Ripple, audiences will see that despite cultural and societal differences, our wants and needs for security, shelter, good health, the dignity of work and a brighter future for the next generation are fundamental desires that connect us all. 


How to Astronaut

Former Astronaut | Terry Virts

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 

Taking you on a journey that is “out of this world,” former astronaut and United States Air Force pilot, Terry Virts, will share a new perspective of life on Earth and the marvelous wonders of our world from above. His journey and countless images are featured in the IMAX film, “A Beautiful Planet.” Imparting his experience of spending 200 consecutive days in space as Commander of the International Space Station, Virts will provide personal insights into NASA and a fun 101 view of “How to Astronaut,” from his best-selling book. Audiences will see the world in a new light, reigniting their fascination of the mysteries within our universe.


Into the Canyon: Exploring a National Treasure

Photographer/Filmmaker |  Pete McBride and Adventure Author | Kevin Fedarko

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

No need to pack your bags to visit the Grand Canyon; journey out of Northeast Wisconsin and Into the Canyon: Exploring a National Treasure with award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker, Pete McBride and adventure author of “The Emerald Mile,” Kevin Fedarko. Audiences will enjoy seeing both adventurers in a unique storytelling experience who have been featured in prestigious publications, including National Geographic. Capitalize on this opportunity to learn about the health and future of one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World from two people who made the incredible trek, covering 750 miles on foot for more than 100 days throughout all four seasons. Rediscover one of the nation’s greatest treasures in a truly transformative experience.


The three speaker events are a Changemaker Production. Packages for the Viewpoint Speaker Series are now on sale and may be purchased on ticketmaster.com, on the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s mobile app, by calling the ticket office at (920) 730-3760 or visiting in person at 400 W. College Ave. in downtown Appleton Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tickets for individual speaker events will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15. 

Ticket holders who purchased packages to the 2022-23 Season National Geographic Live Speaker Series events will have their seats reserved for the 2023-24 Season Viewpoint Speaker Series and will receive an email with their invoice information. All Viewpoint Speaker Series package buyers may enroll in a four-installment payment plan.  

Groups of 10+ interested in purchasing tickets to Viewpoint Speaker Series events can reserve their seats at foxcitiespac.com/events-tickets/group-sales/.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Ticketmaster are the only authorized ticket sellers. Purchases from third party ticket brokers may not be valid. 


The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and cultural education organization located in downtown Appleton, provides a premier venue for live performing arts. Since 2002, the Center has proudly served as a multicultural gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities while enhancing a greater understanding and appreciation of life through the live performing arts. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center — Where the Arts Come Alive!