Madison Arts Commission Announces $91,775 in Arts Grants Funding

May 23, 2013

2013 Madison Arts Commission Grantees

At their May 21, 2013, the Madison Common Council approved the recommendations of the Madison Arts Commission (MAC) to award $91,775 to 56 of Madison's artists and non-profit organizations who infuse Madison with its lively cultural arts scene.

Leslee Nelson, Chair of the Madison Arts Commission said, "In 2013, the Madison Arts Commission granted more funding than ever before to a record number of artists and arts organizations. More than 90% of those who applied to us received a portion of their requested funding which they will use to leverage nearly two million from other sources to provide arts and cultural activities in our City."

Chair Leslee Nelson explained the importance of City support by saying, "Though MAC provides a small percentage of seed money towards these projects, we understand how vital City support is to making these events happen. Especially for new projects, even a small amount of City funding provides an endorsement that groups use to find additional resources required.

Mayor Soglin was excited to see the breadth of proposals: "Madison is a wonderful city and Madison Arts Commission grants help strengthen our neighborhoods and serve as powerful incentives to further economic growth. Our artists and arts organizations play a strong role in placemaking and creating an even better City in which to live, work, and play."

The Madison Arts Commission is a municipal commission that funds artistic activities and initiates cultural programs that integrate, support, and advance arts and culture as an essential part of life in Madison. MAC's grant program is funded by the City of Madison with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

For more information about the Madison Arts Commission please visit our website at

Organizations and Projects that will receive City funding in 2013 are:

1) Vera Court Neighborhood Center's North Side Youth Summer Photo Essay Project
2) Theatre Lila's "No Child/No Story Left Behind"
3) Simpson Street Free Press Local Arts Coverage and Advocacy
4) Lussier Community Education Center for "Art a la Carte"
5) Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts for their "Global Arts" program
6) Work Opportunity in Rural Communities for "Artworking Goes to School"
7) Elmore Lawson for "Drumming Up Community"
8) VSA Wisconsin for their Early Childhood -Healthy Foundations Artist Residencies
9) The East Madison Community Center's Kids Multicultural Arts Program
10) Fresco Opera Theatre for Opera Unplugged
11) Monona Terrace for Concerts on the Rooftop
12) The North/Eastside Senior Coalition for their Summer Concert Series at Warner Park
13) The Capitol City Band Association for their Summer Concert Series at Rennebohm Park
14) The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for the Kid's Area at Concerts on the Square
15) The African Association of Madison for Africa Fest 2013
16) Centro Hispano for Fiesta Hispana
17) Disability Pride of Madison for the Disability Pride Festival
18) Madison Public Library Foundation for the New Chapter for the Wisconsin Book Festival
19) Friends of WilMar for La Fette de Marquette
20) People Building Opportunity through Grace and Action for the Fall Gospel Fest
21) The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective for the Harlem Renaissance Festival
22) Mercury Players for their production "Thornton Wilder and Companions"
23) Forward Theater for the production of "Or"
24) Play Time Productions for "Ali Baba and a Few Thieves & The Princess and the Pea"
25) Opera for the Young "The Barber of Seville"
26) Playwrights Ink for their 21st Anniversary Showcase
27) Music Theatre of Madison for "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"
28) TAP IT/New Works for "Now What"
29) Madison Savoyards for "Iolanthe"
30) Fresco Opera Theatre for "The Paranormal Playhouse"
31) Fermat's Last Theater Company for "The Merchant of Venice"
32) Madison Shakespeare Company for "Antony & Cleopatra"
33) Seekardia for "What's Religion Got to Do with it?"
34) Today Not Tomorrow for "Stony the Road"
35) The Westmorland Neighborhood Association for the "Voices of Westmorland"
36) Madison Ballet for Movement in Your World
37) Cycropia Aerial Dance for the Orton Park Festival performances
38) Kanopy Dance Theatre for "Vision, Faith and Desire"
39) The Lake View Elementary PTA for a mosaic project called "Art in the Natural World"
40) The Meadowood Neighborhood Center for the Mosaic Pillar Project on Russett Rd.
41) The Allied Wellness Center for a documentary film project called, "Allied Drive: Let Your Light Shine"
42) Community Ground Works for earth art in the Troy Kid's Garden
43) The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for the Wisconsin Triennial Learning Center
44) The Madison Symphony Orchestra for HeartStrings
45) The Madison Music Collective for Sowing the Seeds of Jazz
46) The Urban League of Greater Madison for a community workshop called "Build a Drum"
47) VSA Wisconsin for the VSA Choir of Madison
48) Madison Music Makers (music instruction for low income children)
49) Music con Brio at Emerson Elementary (music instruction for low income children)
50) Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for the WYSO School and Community Outreach Tours
51) Madison Bach Musicians for the Baroque Holiday Concert
52) Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society for their 22nd Summer Chamber Music Festival
53) Tunes at Monona Terrace
54) Madison Opera for Opera in the Park
55) Sound Ensemble Wisconsin for "SEWing Taste and Sound, Byte by Bite"
56) Madison Melodies (choral instruction for low income children)

  • Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator, (608) 261-9134