Jim Rivett via Crowdrise
December 17, 2013
BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
EVENT DATE: Feb 15, 2014
Jim Rivett is a businessman, an artist, and community leader. He is president and executive creative director of Arketype, an award-winning advertising agency located in a re-purposed church in downtown Green Bay.
A native of Green Bay, Jim graduated from UW-Whitewater before going on to study at the New York School of Visual Arts.
In 1997 Jim took a sabbatical and travelled to Costa Rica where he learned to speak fluent Spanish and volunteered in a variety of ways—from working with kindergarteners to helping Nicaraguan refugees living under bridges. He was the first male to be allowed inside a local convent to do art therapy work with the sexually abused young women living there.
As an active community supporter, Jim is on the board of directors for the Meyer Theatre and has volunteered support for numerous community non-profits. His experiences have instilled a passion for championing the underdog and the underrepresented. His current projects include the Neville Public Museum, the Fine Arts Institute at East High, Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center, and the Jackie Nitschke Center.
Jim’s other loves include interval training, flea markets, salvaging and repurposing old items, collecting vintage photography, paintings, and advertising memorabilia, and music publishing. He is on the executive board for the Nashville Music Consortium, the group behind the smash hit “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. He is currently producing a documentary about Jackie Nitschke, which will release in 2014.
In his lifetime, Jim’s father was a man of few interests: the Green Bay Packers, hunting, Old Style beer, church, and Dancing with the Stars. Jim’s father (who took tap dancing lessons as a child) and his mother were very fond of the show and loved to tune in to see what outrageous thing Bruno would say or do next. Jim dedicates his effort in DWOS to the memory of his father, Robert Rivett.
Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?
I was seven years old, alone in my parents’ bedroom and the song “These Boots are Made for Walking” came on the radio. Something about that cool song made me get up and dance. Just as I was really getting into it, totally making up some freestyle dance moves to that funky bass riff, my two older sisters walked in and busted me! But instead of just teasing me, they joined in to dance too!
Some of my best memories are of Sunday mornings after church when my mom and dad would dance in the kitchen to big band music and even polkas. They were very good dancers and they would let us hop around like a bunch of lunatics. It was cheap entertainment for a family without a lot of resources at their disposal. Dancing became a family bonding experience throughout the years and it was free!
Who is your dream dance partner?
My dream partner is Therese Clarke, my DWOS partner for the 2014 event. When we were first introduced and exchanged hugs, it was like we had known each other for a very long time. She is open, warm, energetic, and a very talented dancer from Sydney, Australia. I consider myself very fortunate to have been matched with Therese, so I have my dream dance partner all sealed up! I am a lucky man!
Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?
Of course everyone agrees that Donald Driver was amazing on the show and an all-time favorite, but I believe J.R. Martinez took things to a whole new level. To see his commitment to performing and the ways he really put himself out there was an inspiration on so many levels. We all experience moments where we feel we cannot go on…but when you see someone overcoming the obstacles he has faced head-on, how can you not be motivated and inspired to persevere? His performances were packed with so much more than dance—they were made of spirit, survival, and grace.
Why support the American Red Cross with your participation?
The American Red Cross is a one of those rare organizations where supporting it takes little convincing. It exists to help people across all spectrums of humanity, making it a natural organization to support.
Its mission is to be there in times of need, and that covers a very broad definition of “need.” It might be people who never expected to be in a vulnerable position after a natural disaster, a fire, or the victims of a horrendous terrorist attack like 9/11. We recently saw the American Red Cross’ quick and empathetic response in our own community after the tragic apartment fire in Allouez. The American Red Cross was right there, communicating its support on the local news and offering assistance. They were in action immediately.
We never think we’ll be one of those people in need. However, the American Red Cross offers assurance that if something catastrophic does affect your life, deep in your heart you can rest assured knowing they will be there.
In supporting and celebrating the American Red Cross with events like DWOS, we continue to elevate its mission and good work