Grants and Direct Purchase of Temporary Art


The MAC grants program currently offers four programs: ArtWORKS!, Project, Summer Concert and BLINK. Artworks grants provide support to artists and educators for art programs directed at k-12 students. Project Grants provide support to individual and performing artists and non-profit groups for projects that enrich the arts and culture of Madison. Summer Concert Series grants provide support to organizations that coordinate a series of concerts that are free and accessible to the public. BLINK provides funding for temporary public art projects.


The Madison Arts Commission, as part of its mission to make the arts accessible to all of Madison's citizens, is especially committed to making arts education possible for every child. Developing the arts and integrating them more fully into the lives of Madison communities is at the heart of the ArtWORKS! grant program. The goal of the grant is to support partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and community groups for after-school arts based activities. This arts-based education should take place on a regularly scheduled basis, should serve a diverse, under-served student population composed of elementary and middle-school aged children, and should occur during non-school hours.

Project Grant

The annual Project Grants will provide support for artists and non-profit arts organizations for arts projects, performances, exhibits or events that enrich the cultural lives of Madison's residents. Individuals and/or organizations can apply for only ONE Grant per funding year (you must choose between the Signature Grant and the Project Grant). When applying for a project grant, the applicant must choose to apply as an individual artist, an arts organization, or a neighborhood. This ensures that each application is considered fairly. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $3,000 and must be matched.

Congratulations to Project Grant Award Recipients

Updated guidelines and applications are available every year in mid-January. The annual deadline for Project Grant applications is March 15.

Summer Concert Series

Enjoying free outdoor concerts all summer long is one of the highlights of living in Madison. MAC provides grants to organizations that coordinate or perform summer concert series scheduled between June 1 & September 30, in accessible, outdoor, public spaces, provided at no charge to the audience.

Direct Purchase of Temporary Art

BLINK Temporary Public Art Opportunities

BLINK is an opportunity for experimental, ad-hoc, temporary works of art to sprout up throughout the community and vanish leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. The possibilities for creations on open spaces, construction sites, and public parks will provide a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist's eyes.

You present your idea for a temporary public art project that is modest in cost and is feasible, yet unique, bold and ambitious in impact. MAC reviews your proposal and decides if they want to purchase it for the City's Blink program.

Last Updated: 10/01/2015