About NSAA

North Shore Academy of the Arts, Inc. is a Not-for-Profit organization that I founded nearly two decades ago. Working closely with Paula, I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be among the great artists, families, students, volunteers, board directors, instructors, directors, businesses and foundations that have brought it to where it is today…a solid organization with a clear mission to serve the community and beyond in the visual, performing and literary arts.

We have two facilities that we serve from. One is our home site, located at 1111 Broad Street in Grafton. The other is the Arts Mill, with studio space, a gallery and a boutique, located a few blocks away in a Historic Building on the river, 1300,14th Avenue, Grafton.

Visit our website to learn more, become involved, visit our facilities, relax in our outdoor art studio, visit our off site programs,  take a class, watch a show, shop at the Arts Mill. Mostly, become inspired…imagine, discover, create, dream.
www.northshoreacademyofthearts.org  www.theartsmill.org

Note From The Founder and President of NSAA

Research has shown that kids who are in the arts do better in other subjects, score higher on standardized tests, stay out of trouble, and are more likely to graduate and go to college. Many of the skills required to succeed in today’s work force are the same skills learned from participating in a program in the arts, such as problem solving, self-motivation, discipline, and teamwork.

At North Shore Academy of the Arts, Inc., we believe in the value of the arts, not only for what it can do for our culture, but what it can provide for our future; in helping our participants discover and nurture their talents and realize their dreams.

With a powerful board of leadership, supporting businesses, volunteer community members, as well as the experienced staff of instructors, this not-for-profit company provides opportunities to everyone in the community to learn, grow, blossom and flourish in the arts and in their own personal growth.

We’d like to thank all of those who have shared with us at NSAA, and we look forward to our expansion and continued success as we offer the full spectrum of opportunities from dabbling in the arts to providing pathways to reach for the stars!

Sheri Bestor
Founder and President

Mission Statement

North Shore Academy of the Arts, Inc. (NSAA) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to offering high caliber opportunities in the performing, visual, and literary arts to all ages. It is designed to encourage, inspire and promote creativity while fostering a cultural appreciation of the arts in our communities. NSAA promotes a sense of self worth, responsibility, and strength of character while providing individuals and families the means to recognize and develop talents, interests, assets, and aspirations. Beyond the arts, NSAA strives to build healthy communities through the development of positive values and a commitment that will be evident across all cultural and socio-economic groups.

Testimonials about Sheri

 “Sheri Bestor is an absolute joy to know and work for. Every fiber of her being is full of creativity and entrepeneurship. She had a vision for the North Shore Academy of the Arts and has kept the vision growing strong for a decade. Sheri works extremely well with all of her employees and peers, the children at the academy as well as their families. She has mastered the art of continuously reinventing herself as well as the academy. Sheri is an extremely energetic person who knows how to mobilize people for a creative cause. She has a heart of gold and has given the totality of her being to ensure that the arts is kept strong in southeastern Wisconsin and that everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams.” Angela Mack,  Marketing Director and Performing Arts Teacher, North Shore Academy of the Arts

 “I have known Sheri as a person willing to promote classes for adult playwrights at NSAA, and as well I have been able to turn to NSAA to recruit theatre talent from their ranks for one of my shows. I have found NSAA to be a remarkable organization, open to bringing multimedia learning to all age levels; I have watched it grow under the years under her guidance and have been inspired by her vision for the community at large.” Michele Merens, playwright and writer, self-employed

 “Sheri has a wonderful dedication and passion for providing children the opportunity of learning and expressing themselves by utilizing their interest and talents using the arts. Her follow through and persistence has enabled her organization to grow and prosper because of her leadership, vision and commitment.” Les Weil, Principal, Les Weil Consulting, LLC

 “Sheri is a creative and honest person to work with. The well being of our fellow workers and students always takes priority with her decisions in regard to the academy. She has been a pleasure to work with during an exciting time of continued growth and challenges.” Paula Christensen, Program Director, North Shore Academy of the Arts