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Fifty grants supporting arts and cultural activities countywide

with public-private funds


The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission announces the award of 47 project grants totaling $95,984 for community arts, cultural, and local history programs and 3 capital grants totaling $3,270. 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, Overture Foundation, and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, will be matched by over $1.5 million from other sources. Grant recipients follow.



Children’s Theater of Madison, $3,000, supporting Young Playwrights Program giving voice to teenagers from 6 area high schools through their creation of new theater work culminating in presentation to community by professional actors.


American Players Theatre, $2,500, for Student Matinees & Workshops of APT’s plays targeting over 3,000 students countywide.


Madison Youth Choirs, $1,000, in support of Annual Spring Outreach School Tours sharing live choral performances with thousands of students throughout the county.


Sun Prairie Area School District, $1,860, supporting ComMission Possible Two, a ten-month composition and composer-in-residence project with internationally recognized composer and educator for middle school band students at Patrick Marsh Middle School.



Dance Wisconsin, $1,025, for New Works 2011, celebrating Dance Wisconsin’s 20th anniversary presenting works created by alumni guest choreographers and performed by local dancers.


Madison Ballet, $3,650, supporting Behind the Curtains, a full-length performance of holiday classic for area youth including behind-the-scenes peek and explanation by artistic director.



Kate Corby & Dancers, $1,500, for As I Felt: Telling Stories Through the Body & Movement integrating contemporary dance with community outreach, bringing together national artists and local underserved youth during a weekend performance.


Kanopy Dance Theatre, $2,500, in support of Kanopy Dance Company’s season opener with guest choreographer Winifred Haun.


 Local History

Wisconsin Historical Museum, $3,150, for Civil War Memories & Mementos presenting a new exhibition commemorating Civil War’s 150th anniversary with special events for all ages.


Robert Kann, $3,375, supporting Celebrate Dane County’s 175th Anniversary, a storytelling performing tour presenting local history stories at assisted living facilities countywide.


 Multidisciplinary Arts/Culture

Opera for the Young, $1,974, for Build an Opera offering children opportunity to create and present their very own opera production involving music, theater and design.


First Person Productions, $1,850, supporting Odyssey Oral History Project 2011 offering writing-intensive workshops harnessing the power of listening, critical analysis, discussion and writing to help underserved adult students prepare for academic success.


Monona Terrace Community Programs, $1,200, for The Wright Design Series presenting free lectures on variety of topics related to the built environment.


African Association of Madison, $2,400, supporting AfricaFest 2011 at Warner Park showcasing African culture through songs, crafts, stories, food, history and heritage.


Dane Dances!, $3,000, for Dane Dances, a community-building summer series presenting music, food and dancing welcoming one and all to Monona Terrace’s rooftop.


Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, $2,500, in support of La Fete de Marquette bringing the Francophile world to Madison with multiple musical acts, dancing, food and festivity.



Candid Concert Opera, $1,500, supporting Don Pasquale 2011 presenting pure operatic work absent elaborate costumes and sets in intimate community settings.


Madison Symphony Orchestra, $2,500, supporting Fall Youth Concerts offering elementary and middle school students across Dane County an opportunity to experience live classical music in Overture Hall with winners of Fall Youth Concerto Competition.


Madison Blues Society, $2,250, for 9th Annual Blues Picnic featuring music, food and fun for all ages at Warner Park.


Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, $3,000, for Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts culminating the WYSO season demonstrating talents of young instrumentalists honed over the past nine months.


Token Creek Festival, $2,940, supporting Token Creek Chamber Music Festival 2011 offering ambitious, varied musical programming in an intimate salon-like setting.


Madison Opera, $3,000, for Opera in the Park, a free community event showcasing acclaimed soloists, local chorus, and Madison Symphony Orchestra doing familiar opera hits, best of Broadway, and highlights from upcoming season productions.


con vivo!….music with life, $800, for Eight is Enough! presenting live performance of Schubert’s masterpieces.


Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, $2,950, supporting Bach to the Future: A 20th Season Bacchanale featuring Bach’s music paired with modern works by musicians from around the country, varied repertoire, and a sense of fun.


Madison Early Music Festival, $1,900, for Madison early Music Festival 2011 presenting string trio Chatham Baroque with guest artists in a varied Latin American musical program.


Wisconsin Union Theatre, $1,530, supporting 2011 Isthmus Jazz Festival, a free community event at Memorial Union Terrace of jazz performed by regional acts and local high school All-Stars.


Mazomanie Music Conservancy, $1,700, for Mazomanie’s Lake Marion Summer Concert Series, a new weekly community event featuring guest bands and local talent.


Capitol City Band Association, $2,500, supporting Concert in Celebration of Dane 175 premiering a new work composed by Jim Latimer in consultation with Elliot Funmaker of HoChunk Nation, at Dane County Farmer’s Market.


Mazomanie Regional Heritage Foundation, $2,100, for Gandy Dancer Festival 2011, 5th annual event offering a day-long music festival in celebration of local history and culture.


Jazz at Five, $1,000, in support of Jazz at Five summer series of free outdoor jazz performances in downtown Madison.


North-Eastside Senior Coalition, $1,170, for 2011 Summer Concert Series at Warner Park offering musical entertainment including jazz, country, swing, R&B, rock bluegrass and salsa by local bands.


Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, $2,500, supporting Arrival from Sweden performing ABBA at a July Concert on the Square.



Music Theatre of Madison, $1,900, for Wisconsin premiere of The Glorious Ones, story of a troupe of 16th century commedia dell’arte performers.


Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society’s Friends of the Zoo, $1,000, presenting Madison Savoyards, performing rarely-seen short comic opera The Zoo at the zoo.


Sun Prairie Civic Theatre, $900, presenting classic musical Hello Dolly.


Wisconsin Wrights, $1,500, for 2011 Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project offering local playwrights opportunity to develop, workshop, and present public readings of new works.


Verona Area Community Theater, $2,000, supporting special flying effects in production of The Wizard of Oz.


Oregon Straw Hat Players, $1,500, presenting Big River—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Forward Theater, $3,000, in support of Moonlight and Magnolias, mad-cap comedy about creation of one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters of all time.


Four Seasons Theatre, $2,040, for full-scale production of rock musical Rent.


Madison Theatre Guild, $1,090, for production of Edward Albee drama, Three Tall Women.


 Visual Arts

Madison Children’s Museum, $1,500, supporting Sidewalk Surprise: Rotating Installations by Local Artists showcased in window display viewable inside and out.


Chazen Museum of Art, $3,000, for Sean Scully: The Inaugural Temporary Exhibition in the new facility showing 15 large watercolors never before displayed in Wisconsin.



Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, $2,500, for The Chicago Imagists: Paintings, Sculptures and Works on Paper exhibition of 120+ works by multiple artists representing political and social dynamics of late 1960s.


UW Cinematheque, $1,000, for Movietime! Cinematheque for the Whole Family, a first-ever series of 5 programs featuring classic cinema for the whole family.


James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, $1,580, supporting Bomber: A Chance Unwinding, featuring Madison artist Lewis Koch’s photography, found images, maps and text in reflection and metaphor.


Lisa Frank, $1,650, for The Pattern That Connects exhibition of large-scale photographs depicting complex patterns while referencing traditional wallpaper design.



Middleton Community Orchestra, $2,120, for purchase of English Horn.

 Capitol City Band Association, $800, for purchase of step stools and cable covers.

 Wisconsin Film School, $350, for purchase of video projector.



This year, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission will award approximately $300,000 in public-private funds to nonprofit groups, schools, individuals, and municipalities for arts, cultural, and local history projects and programs. Three grant cycles each year have application deadlines of February 1, June 1, and October 1.

The Commission recently introduced a web-based, online grants management system including grant applications accessed, prepared, submitted, and reviewed electronically. The system is highly customer friendly and offers cost savings, efficiencies, and evaluation tools not formerly available.

For more information, see or contact Karen Crossley, Cultural Affairs Commission Director, Room 421 City-County Building, Madison, 608-266-5915.



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