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Dane Arts Awards $94,437 in Grants Supporting Arts and Culture in Dane County

August 26, 2013
Pam Andros, (608) 266-5915
County Executive


Thirty-seven grants made possible through public-private funds


The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission announces the award of 37 project grants totaling $94,437 for community arts, cultural, and local history programs, and 3 capital grants in the amount of $5,505.  In the Commission’s second Grant Cycle of the year, county dollars combined with funds from Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation will be matched by over $1.5 million from other sources.  Grant recipients can be found below.

 “The diversity of this cycle’s grant recipients reflect Dane County’s strong and talented arts and culture community,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.  “We’re proud to increase access to the arts for everyone in Dane County and support the individuals and organizations who contribute to our robust arts and culture economy.”

This year, Dane Arts will award almost $270,000 in public-private funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, individuals, and municipalities for arts, cultural, and local history projects and programs offered countywide.  Three 2013 grant cycles have application deadlines of February 1, June 1, and October 1.

In addition to the Cultural Affairs Grant program, over one year ago, Dane Arts launched a new initiative,, an online cultural marketplace.  Having raised over $94,000 ($63k from donors and $31k from matching funds) for 95 projects from 959 different donors, this innovative tool complements the grant program and offers another way to assist the local creative sector in marketing and fund raising. 

     For more information about Dane Arts’ grant program,,  and other opportunities, see


Arts in Education

Children’s Theatre of Madison, $2,800for Young Playwrights Program.  A program designed to give voice to teenagers through the medium of playwriting with mentoring from teaching artists, culminating in a public performance of staged readings of selected plays, directed and performed by experienced artists.


Emily Keown, $280for Fabric of Our Lives bringing together middle school girls to create a narrative quilt.  A contemporary quilting bee of middle school girls, they will step away from the digital world and work face to face with each other and with their hands.


Access Community Health Centers, $3,000forA Closer Look: A Collaboration with Midvale-Lincoln Elementary School.  Access and Midvale-Lincoln Elementary will partner to provide students with a unique arts experiencein which students will work with Rafael Lopez, creating a mural, and with Erika Koivunen creating outdoor sculpture.


Opera for the Young, Inc., $3,500for Countywide school tour of The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. This new production is complemented with teaching materials including  tutorial CDs, a teachers guide about opera, and activities for integration of opera into academic subjects.


VSA Wisconsin, $2,160for Artist residencies in Madison.  Led by VSA teaching artists, nearly 50 elementary students and 36 adults with disabilities will benefit.


American Players Theatre, $3,500for Potency of Poetry (PoP) a school residency program utilizing the unique performance skills of APT’s teaching artists to infuse students with enthusiasm and enhanced appreciation of words, language and storytelling.



Madison Contemporary Dance Vision (MCVD), $2,435for Living Art.  With choreography inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, Degas, Salvador Dali and Paul Gaugan, 16 MCVD artists will perform 16 new works throughout Dane County.


Kate Corby & Dancers, $1,251for Digging: Meditation, Creativity and Physical Practice.  Employing meditation as a tool for cultivating creative research, this project will culminate in an evening length dance theatre septet.  Outreach activities will accompany the performances, including discussion and lecture-demonstrations about meditation.


Dance Wisconsin, $2,800for 2013 Nutcracker Fantasy.  This family-friendly ballet, a spin-off of the traditional Nutcracker, will be performed by local dancers, and will include a live orchestra, singers and guest artists.


Madison Ballet, $2,160for Spring 2014 Repertory Balanchine Ballet offering unparalleled opportunities for artisitc development, while providing productions that engage new and experienced dance audiences with Balanchine’s characteristically athletic and dynamic choreography.


Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc., $2,625for the presentation of Puppetmaster: Heavy Metal Dance an evening length dance/story set to accoustic cello playing heavy metal, described as “intentionally cliché - a bit Dr. Whoesque - entertaining”.


Local History

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundationfor Talking Spirits XV: Forest Hill Cemetery Tour a  living historical event that commemorates Dane County’s rich Civil War history.


Multidisciplinary Arts/Culture

Madison Public Library Foundation, $2,800,for A New Chapter for the Wisconsin Book Festival hosted by Madison Public Library presenting 50 free programs presenting literature, spoken word, art and performance with both local literary artists and nationally acclaimed authors.


Overture Center Foundation, $2,800for Duck Soup Cinema presenting Vaudeville acts,  a feature silent film accompanied by an organist on the magnificent Grant Barton Organ, celebrity appearances, gags and door prices all add up to excellent family-friendly entertainment.


Madison Children's Museum, $2,400for SPARK!a programworking to welcome and serve seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.  SPARK! creates positive energy and validating experiences through artmaking, conversation, and intergenerational activity.


YMCA of Madison, $700 forRace to Equity: A Multicultural, Multidisciplinary Youth Arts Receptiona free, public event on Oct. 1, 2013, including music, theater, art, as well as oral history and storytelling with the goal of engaging young people of diverse backgrounds in a variety of projects that illustrate the diverse lived experiences of people in Dane County.



Madison Symphony Orchestra, Inc., $3,150 for 2013 Fall Youth Concerts offering elementary and middle school students across Dane County the opportunity to experience live classical music in Overture Hall.


Grace Presents, $2,440 for Grace Presents Concert Series offering monthly Saturday afternon concerts, free and open to the public, including instrumental and vocal chamber music, organ, opera, klezmer, blues, bluerass, folk and jazz.


Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, $3,000forEvelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts, serving as the first performances of the WYSO season, in which their diverse group of young musicians can display their talents and reap the rewards of hard work.


John Duggleby, $1,688forAffordable Musical Programs for Seniors/Disabled Peopleproviding enjoyable theme-related musical entertainment in fully accessible environments for senior/disabled adults who might be physically or financially challenged.


Middleton Community Orchestra., $2,796, for Rising Stars from Wisconsin presenting two concerts featuring many loved and classic works with guest artists, both recent graduates of Lawrence College, each appearing as soloists.


Wisconsin Union Theatre, $3,150, for the Madison World Music Festival 2013 connecting the citizens of Dane County with musicians from around the globe through free public performances at Memorial Union and the Willy Street Fair.


Con vivo! with life, $1,750, for con vivo! presents ‘Bakers Dozen' presenting a live chamber music performance of music by Wagner and Mozart, conducted by Madison Symphony Music Director John DeMain, at the First Congregational Church in Madison.


Madison Opera, Inc., $3,150, for The Student Matinee Arts Education Program, introducing students throughout Dane County to classical performing arts through fully staged opera performances, featuring Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ in Overture Hall and Donisetti’s ‘Daughter of the Regiment’ at the Capital Theatre.


Dimensions in Sound & The Studio Orchestra, Inc., $1,755, for Senior Living Establishment Concerts, presenting classical works of the Big Band era and symphonic orchestral music to those no longer able to seek out live music due to advanced age or disabilities.


Madison Youth Choirs, $2,800, for Becoming an Expert Noticer: Art and our World during which the singers and audience learn to become expert noticers of the world around them using music, visual arts, and movement as a special lens.


Madison Music Collective, $3,150,  for the Jazz Colors of Autumn: Madison Music Collective’s Fall 2013 Series presenting Latin trombonist Papo Vazquez for the Fall Isthmus Jazz Series, and Jazz on Sunday programming featuring vocalist Jackie Allen, Hammond B-3 organist Tony Monaco, and trumpeter Marquis Hill.


Madison Bach Musicians, Inc., $2,540, for the Baroque Chamber Music with Guest Violinist Marilyn McDonald, presenting two concerts featuring selections by Bach, Teleman, and other baroque masters.


Madison Choral Project, $2,450for A Light in the Darkness a choral music concert celebrating the return of light amidst the December darkness, found at the intersection of many faiths and traditions.


City of Madison, $3,150, for Concerts on the Rooftop at Monona Terraceoffering opportunities for the public to enjoy the spirit of Dane County in a world class accessible venue at no charge. 


Fresco Opera Theatre, $2,311for Paranormal Playhouse an original ballad opera with a ghost story providing a unique  experience intended to transform the public’s definition of opera, and sure to broaden and diversify the opera audience.


PEBOGA $3,150for 2013 Fall Gospel Fest a one-day inspirational music event that serves as a platform for both contemporary and traditional gospel and features national recording artists who sharing the stage with local artists.


Music Con Brio, Inc. $2,550for the Second Annual Community Concert Series presenting two community concerts in Madison, working in partnership with local professional artists ad exploring different types of ethnic music, providing motivating performing opportunities for students, community outreach, and collaborations across art organizations.


Festival Choir of Madison, $2,592for Cantus in Harmonia: In Honor of St. Cecilia a 40-year celebration concert performing works written in honor of the patron Saint of music, Cecilia, including music by Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell, Anton Bruckner, and Franz Liszt.




Forward Theater, $3,500, for presenting Red, the Wisconsin premiere of this award-winning playwright John Logan, a production complemented with pre-show talks and post-show talkbacks after every performance.


Visual Arts

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, $2,754, for the Inhabited Landscapes exhibition providing an opportunity for viewers to see how some of Wisconsin’s most accomplished artists work in the genre of landscape painting.


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, $3,150, for theWisconsin Triennial, MMoCA’s 13th presentation of this juried statewide survey of contemporary art,September 21 through January 5, 2014.


Capital Grants

Madison Youth Choirs, $1,605, for rehearsal equipment.


Rhapsody Arts, $2,000, for ‘Pennies for Pianos’ fund, this grant going toward the second of four pianos to be purchased for use in private and group music instruction.


Madison Opera Inc., $1,900, for purchase of Madison Opera Center rehearsal hall furnishings.

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