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Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Announces NEW Special Grant Opportunity: Distinctly Dane

March 22, 2011
Karen Crossley, 608-266-5915
County Executive

Help Dane County Celebrate its 175th Anniversary


In addition to project and capital grants, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission presents a special grant opportunity related to the county’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration.Distinctly Dane focuses upon our sense of place, belonging, and identity as expressed by Dane County voices.  Dane County’s past, present, and future will be featured in selected grant projects.  The Commission hopes this theme inspires new local arts, culture and history projects and programs representing a broad range of topics such as our Native American ancestors, agricultural roots, conservation legacy,  ever-growing ethnic and cultural diversity, devotion to sustainability, mixture of rural, natural and urban landscapes, values and aspirations for the future of our Dane County home, and more. 


“Dane County’s 175th anniversary this year is all about celebrating the people and places, along with the sites and sounds that make our county great,” County Executive Kathleen Falk said.  “Thanks to several very generous private donors, these grant dollars are available for those creative minds looking to showcase our county during this big milestone birthday!” 


The primary distinctive quality characterizing this new grant opportunity, in contrast to the Commission’s current Project Grants, is an exclusive focus upon Dane County and its local artists, presenters, and topics.  Grants will support arts and cultural activities that highlight and help grow local assets, nurture local creativity, and showcase qualities that make Dane County special.  


Funding is provided by the County, along with Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Dan Erdman, and Electronic Theatre Controls. 


Grant application deadline is June 1, 2011.  The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission’s website contains more details about this special grant opportunity and how to apply (  See www.danecounty175for more information about Dane County’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. 

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