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Dane Arts Awards $100,971 in Grants Supporting Arts and Culture Activities Countywide

May 15, 2013
Pam Andros, Interim Director, 608.266.5915
County Executive


Forty-seven grants supporting arts and cultural activities countywide

with public-private funds


The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission announces the award of 44 project grants totaling $97,304 for community arts, cultural, and local history programs, and 3 capital grants in the amount of $3,667.  In the Commission’s first 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 nearly $1.5 million from other sources.  Grant recipients can be found below.

“Dane County is proud to invest in these worthwhile projects – a vast majority of which bring the joy of the arts to underserved populations throughout our county,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.  “Investing in the arts is also an important investment in our local economy.  The arts in Dane County contribute more than $145 million in economic impact and 5,000 jobs.”

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 late June 2012, Dane Arts launched a new initiative,, an online cultural marketplace.  This innovative tool complements the Cultural Affairs Commission’s grant program and offers another strategy assisting our local creative sector in marketing and fund raising.  See  

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


Arts in Education

American Players Theatre, $3,500for Student Matinees & Workshops.  Drawing from over 35 Dane County schools, APT will perform student matinees of the highest quality for over 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students in the fall of 2013.  


Verona Area School District, $3,325for Moving Together - Toward a Brighter Future Stoner Prairie Elementary School Mural Project.  Stoner Prairie is celebrating the school’s rapidly growing diversity through the creation of a mural in the school entryway showcasing  the many cultures represented in this learning community.


Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc., $3,500forUp Close & Musical 2013-2014.  This  nationally-recognized education program brings the Hunt Quartet to Kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms to present exciting, interactive lessons that get students `hunting’ for the musical concepts of expression, melody, rhythm and form in classical music's most popular repertoire.



Li Chiao-Ping Dance, $1,740for 2013 Summer Dance Camp and Intensive.  This program includes works choreographed by Li Chiao-Ping and current and former members of LCPD, and features community performers of all ages and abilities, and an informal showing and final concert celebrating Li Chiao-Ping Dance's mission of `dancing through life’.


Dance Wisconsin, $1,600for New Works 2013.  New Works 2013, Dance for Life, celebrates art in motion, featuring diverse innovative dance pieces crafted by local choreographers to be performed by a local dance company, Dance Wisconsin, on October 12, 2013 at the Mitby Theater.


Madison Ballet, $3,500for Movement In Your World.  During the 2013-2014 school year, the Madison Ballet will present Movement in Your World workshops in 40 Head Start classrooms.  This successful, well-established creative movement program fills a void in local arts programming through structured dance activities for children facing economic disadvantages. 


Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc., $2,800for the presentation of Vision, Faith & Desire: dancemakers inspired by Martha Graham featuring performances and choreography by former Martha Graham Company Dancers Donlin Foreman, Martin Lofsnes, Sandra Kaufmann, Deb Goodman, Lisa Thurrell (Kanopy's Co-Artistic Dir), Chicago's Winifred Haun Dancers, and Kanopy Dance Company.


Local History

Westmorland Neighborhood Association, $2,850for Voices of Westmorland Part 1: Empowering Local Community Oral Historians.  In Phase 1 of a two-part program, this program  will increase the community's capacity to capture its recent history by conducting training in oral history technique, accompanied by practical experience and feedback.


Multidisciplinary Arts/Culture

Wisconsin Union Theater, $1,313for Zoe Keating, cello, with special guest Kate Corby and Dancers.  Avant cello player Zoe Keating will appear at Music Hall on May 4, 2013, joined by Kate Corby Dancers for a unique collaboration between musician/composer and choreographer/dancers.  


Disability Pride Madison, $2,579for Disability Pride Madison First Annual Festival July 27, 2013.  Disability Pride is a celebration of the lives of all people with disabilities.   Through art and performance, they will share life stories, breakdown and end internalized shame and stereotypes, and build a stronger more inclusive community.


Overture Center Foundation, $2,800for Tiempo Libre.  One of the hottest young Cuban bands, Tiempo Libre, will be in residency at Overture Center for the Arts October 3-4, 2013, and will include one performance open to the public and two OnStage performances will take place in Overture's Capitol Theater.


African Association of Madison, Inc., $2,000forAFRICA FEST 2013.  Held at Warner Park on Saturday, August 17,  AFRICA FEST 2013 will showcase African textiles and culture through displays, songs, crafts, stories, foods, history, and heritage to help build bridges of diversity in Dane County.


Madison Children's Museum, $800for Working with LEGO Bricks: Full STEAM Ahead!


Mazomanie Regional Heritage Foundation, $2,475 forGandy Dancer Festival – 2013.  The 7th annual Gandy Dancer Festival is a celebration of Wisconsin's small-town heritage, offering a day-long music festival, chidren's activities, games and rides all free to the public.  


Omega School Inc., $2,000for I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three decades of Hispanic Writing,  an anthology featuring Latino writers.  Poems, essays and short stories capture the diverse experiences of Latinos in Wisconsin, whether longing for home, forging a new cultural identity, or to trying to comprehend winter, cheese & beer.



Felix-Riss Duo, $800for Cello/Piano accompaniment to a silent movie


Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, $3,000forEugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts, serving as the culminating performances of the WYSO season, in which their diverse group of young musicians gets to display the instrumental skills and confidence that they have acquired over nine months of rehearsal.


Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, $3,325forDeuces Are Wild: BDDS's 22nd Chamber Music Festival.  Combining  musicians from around the country, a varied repertoire, and delightful surprises to create serious fun -`Deuces Are Wild’ describes the shuffling, dealing, and card-counting that go into putting together this summer program.


Token Creek Festival, Inc., $2,450, for the 2013 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival.   With improvisation as this year’s motto, the festival will feature eclectic programming in an intimate salon-like setting of a refurbished barn, will explore the unfamiliar,  familiar, the spontaneous, and the dramatic.


Madison Early Music Festival, $2,250, for the Madison Early Music Festival 2013 - Parthenia: A Consort of Viols

in a program titled `Lust Hab' Ich Ghabt Zuer Musica: A Passion for Music from Senfl to Bach’, including works by Isaac, Senfl, Scheidt, Schein, Schwartzkopf, and Bach, joined by guests William Hudson, tenor, and Christa Patton, harp.


Friends of the Monona Senior Center,  Inc., $576, for Summer Concerts in Winnequah Park


Madison Opera, Inc., $2,800, for Opera In The Park 2013, the 12th anniversary of a Dane County summer tradition featuring the Madison Opera Chorus, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and spectacular guest soloists.  This free community event showcases the best of opera and Broadway underneath the stars in Madison's beautiful Garner Park.


Jazz at Five Inc., $2,800, for continued support for Jazz at Five, a free outdoor concert series offering performances each weekfrom national and regional acts along with the best local jazz musicians Madison has to offer.


Madison Blues Society, $2,190, for the 11th Annual Blues Picnic to be held in June at Warner Park, including  music, food, beverages, souvenirs and raffles, featuring  `Blues Kids’ and professional groups performing  in celebration of an art both universal in appeal and uniquely American in origin.


Madison Music Collective, $2,800,  for the 2013 Isthmus Jazz Festival Headline Concert and Community Outreach.

Madison Music Collective, in partnership with the Wisconsin Union Theater, will present Carmen Lundy as the headline performer.


North/Eastside Senior Coalition, $1,125, for 2013 Summer Concert Series at Warner Park offering

live music for the whole family Monday evenings June 10, 17, 24 and July 8, 15, 22, 6-7:30pm, with a local band playing either jazz, country, swing, big band, rock, bluegrass or Mexican music each week.


Capitol City Band Association, $1,700, for Support 2 Outreach Concerts where the band willgive tribute to our troops (then and now) on July 4 at Rennebohm Park, and play a patriotic concert in the style of the U.S. Marine Band including the Colorguard and Military Flag Presentors from VFW Post 7591 in cooperation with the Madison Veterans Council.


Madison Bach Musicians, Inc., $2,320, for the Baroque Holiday Concert. This  vocal ensemble and period instrument chamber orchestra  will perform a concert on Dec. 14 in Madison's First Congregational Church featuring Baroque masterworks appropriate to winter and the holilday season.


City of Madison, $2,100, for Tunes at Monona Terraceoffering opportunities for the public to enjoy the spirit of Dane County in a world class accessible venue at no charge.  This series celebrates the heyday of dance and musical shows, drawing thousands of dance enthusiasts of all ages.



Madison Shakespeare Company, $3,000, for Shakespeare in the Park: Antony and Cleopatra.  Local volunteer actors, designers and technicians will bring to life this thrilling historical drama set in the Ancient Mediterrenean. $10  tickets and a convenient location at Breese Stevens Field will make this show accessible to a wide audience.


Music Theatre of Madison, $2,016, for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  MTM will present the Wisconsin premiere of the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which holds a contemporary lens to the story of America's most outrageous leader and the founder of the Democratic party.


Playwrights Ink, $700, for RETRO/INTRO: Playwrights Ink 21st-Anniversary Showcase


Children's Theater of Madison, $2,800, for Aladdin.  CTM will present Disney's Aladdin-Dual Language Edition in May 2013.  A unique adaption of this family-oriented musical employs a combination of both Spanish and English languages, completely understandable by both bilingual and single language speakers.


Oregon Straw Hat Players, $1,465, for production of the MusicalOliver!  August 3 through 10 at the Oregon Performing Arts Center,


Mercury Players, Inc., $650, for The Arsonists, a play written by Caleb Stone, and directed by Sadie Yi, a fictional story exploring  the ethical and relationship struggles of two couples as their rural Wisconsin community grapples with unwelcome media attention.


Theatre in All the Wrong Places, $650, for Costuming for Lady Windermere's Fan.

Madison Savoyards Ltd., $2,500, for Iolanthe - The 51st annual summer production.  Written at the peak of Gilbert & Sullivan’s creative powers, Iolanthe combines Gilbert's humor at its sharpest and Sullivan's music at its most beautiful. Iolanthe pokes fun at Victorian politics that contemporary audiences will appreciate.


Forward Theater, $2,975, for Sons of the Prophet.  Forward Theater Company will present the Wisconsin premiere of Sons of the Prophet by award-winning playwright Stephen Karam. The play will be presented at Overture Center for three weeks in November of 2013.


ROAR Enterprises, Inc., $2,100, for ROARrrr: Children’s Musical Play & KIDS DAY OF UNITYROAR Enterprises and Edgewood College are hosting a KIDS DAY OF UNITY featuring the children's play: ROARrrr.  This collaboration involves outreach to urban and rural schools to discuss the play’s themes of diversity, tolerance, and unity; culminating in free performances.


Visual Arts

Street Pulse - Refuge Films, $2,975, for Dostoyevsky Behind Barsa short documentary telling  the story of Wisconsin graduate students who teach literature classes to inmates at Oakhill Correctional Institution. 


Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, $1,870, for Jill Olm, Beth Racette, and Leslie Vansen exhibition

Systems for Abstractionshowing  the artwork of three Wisconsin artists who use abstraction as a way to organize and present their views of the world.  


Chazen Museum of Art, $2,800, for Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.  The Chazen will be one of only Seven U.S. Museums hosting this unique exhibition from the Smithsonian Institue Traveling Exhibition Sevices,  featuring a collection of 50 paintings, drawings and collages by one of the most original arists of the 20th Century.


Rachel Bruya, $1,160, for The Little Gallery Project.  Seeking to expose unsuspecting pedestrians to contemporary art, each little gallery will serve as a stage by bringing a gallery to the people instead of urging people to gather at a gallery. The Little Galleries project will exhibit local, professional level artists on an approximately monthly rotation.


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, $2,625, for I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III

MMoca is proud to present the first solo museum exhibition of work by Leslie Smith III, a Madison-based painter.



Capital Grants

Mount Horeb Landmarks Foundation, Inc., $2,000, for restoration of Historic District #1 Schoolhouse


Capitol City Band Association, $993, for upgrades, replacement and purchase electronic equipment


Madison Marimba Quartet, $674, for purchase of a portable amplifier and 4 wireless microphones

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