City of Madison will distribute funds to local artists and non-profits

Artists and non-profit organizations in the Madison area can now apply for Madison Arts Commission (MAC) grants valued up to $3,000. The grants are intended to help local individuals and organizations fund educational programs, fine art exhibitions, performances and events that positively contribute to Madison’s arts and culture. Each person or group is limited to one grant application per year, and the deadline to apply is Thursday, March 15. In 2016-2017, 57 grants were awarded to a  variety of enrichment programs. MAC offers Project Grants, Arts Education Grants, Legacy Grants and Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. Each grant has  specific criteria  to be considered; however, artistic merit, as well as a focus on equity and access, are regarded in all categories, according to Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator.

Local public arts program engages community and inspires at-risk youth

A high-school student stood near the door of a classroom in Hoyt School, observing quietly as his classmates painted. He appeared nervous to join in. Artist Sonya Sankaran calmly handed him a paint brush and reassured him that mistakes could always be fixed. Soon, the student was painting flowers alongside his classmates. The student is one of many around Dane County who have contributed to public murals with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA).