"I believe that the city plan of Madison will fail in one important point if it neglects to consciously conceive of this city as an...art center, one that should provide adequately for...the many fine and varied expressions of art in the city itself. For art is not only the flowering of civilization, it is also its seed."
- John Nolen in Madison: A Model City, 1911
MAC's Public Art Program works with the community to support the work of artists in City-Building: the planning, design, and construction of capital projects. Through the Public Art Program, MAC facilitates and supports the work of artists to explore new ideas, foster dialog and celebrate civic life. Citizens, civic events and values are remembered and acknowledged in our public art sites. MAC is committed to strengthen the integration of public art in Madison's on-going city-building and attends to both the long term stewardship of historic works as well as commissioning sustainably designed new works.