Artspire is a community arts celebration held in the Arts District of La Crosse.  Artspire combines visual, performing, and literary arts in a largely outdoor format designed to represent and engage all elements and cultures of the area.

Building on the 2020 theme “Art Gives Back,” Artspire will host a Canstruction® competition where structures are made entirely out of canned food, and at the end of the competition all food is donated to local food pantries. The competition will be held on King street, just outside the Pump House on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

We aim to illustrate how art feeds our mind, body and soul while benefiting the food pantries in the La Crosse area.

Any organization or individual is eligible to enter, including but not limited to: architects, engineers, designers,
contractors, businesses, social service organizations  and clubs.

Each team must have at least one member who is an architect, engineer, designer, contractor or other design professional to be a mentor.

All structures must fit within a 10′ by 10′ by 10 space. We request that each structure be at least 4′ by 4′.


January 6, 2020 – Call to Teams Opens
February 14, 2020 – Application Deadline
February 21, 2020 – Final Teams Announced
April 15, 2020 – Structure Design and Food List Due
June 13, 2020 – Build Begins at 10:15 am
Judging and Awards at 3:15 pm
Decanstruction at 7:30 pm


  1. Download and Review the Canstruction® Rules and Regulations
  2. Complete and submit the online application below.
  3. Submit the $100 application fee online, call (608) 785-1434, or visit the Pump House at 119 King Street, La Crosse.


Artspire Canstruction Competition

Artspire Canstruction Competition
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