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The Artists At Work grant program will fund 22 positions at local organizations

The Madison Arts Commission (MAC) is pleased to announce $450,000 in grant awards to local arts organizations through a special grant program called “Artists at Work.” MAC designed this grant opportunity to encourage non-profit organizations to generate, reinstate, and create arts industry jobs.

Anne Katz, the Executive Director of Create Wisconsin (formerly Arts Wisconsin) stated, “When the arts thrive, everybody wins. Creative workers and businesses are vital assets to Madison’s economy and workforce. Kudos to the City of Madison for investing in its creative workers and businesses, to help people move forward in the post-pandemic world and add vibrancy and creativity to the community.”

Grants of $10,000, $15,000, and $25,000 will be awarded to the following organizations and positions:

  • Arts & Literature Laboratory Inc - Public Programs Coordinator
  • Bayview Foundation Inc - Placemaking and Community Arts Specialist
  • UW Madison [UW Community Arts Collaboratory Teaching Artist] - Arts Collab Teaching Artist
  • Center for Black Excellence and Culture Inc - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dane Arts Mural Arts Inc - Executive Director
  • GEEX Inc - Social Media Intern
  • IP Ministries Inc - Arts Administration Assistant
  • Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc - Company Dancer and Outreach Teacher
  • LunART Inc - Operations Manager
  • Madison Ballet Inc - Artistic Director
  • Madison Children's Museum Inc - Summer Outreach Coordinator
  • Madison Circus Space Inc - Circus Arts Programs Coordinator
  • Madison College, School of Business and Applied Arts - Exhibition Coordinator
  • Madison Contemporary Dance Inc - Artistic Director
  • Madison Public Library Foundation Inc - Wisconsin Book Festival Communications Creative
  • Madison Youth Choirs Inc - Director of Education & Community Programs
  • Make Music Madison Inc - Musician-in-Residence
  • Overture Center Foundation Inc - Lullaby Project Lead Teaching Artist & Community Facilitator
  • Preschool of the Arts Inc - Art Specialist
  • Synergy Ventures Foundation Inc - Artist at Synergy
  • Urban Community Arts Network Ltd - Artistic Innovation Coordinator
  • Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters Inc - Exhibitions Coordinator

Artists at Work subgrants are made possible by an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

In addition to the Artists At Work program, the Madison Arts Commission also awarded $97,750 to organizations and individuals for special projects through their annual arts grants program, with funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. You can see a full list of recipients here.

The Madison Arts Commission (MAC), an 11-member citizen commission appointed by the Mayor to advise the City about matters of arts and culture. MAC’s mission is to foster arts appreciation by initiating partnerships, developing new audiences, and sponsoring diverse artistic activities by emerging and established artists and arts organizations while preserving Madison’s rich artistic tradition. To support a full creative life for all, The Madison Arts Commission commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable city.