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Dane Arts

Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission

Engage. Connect. Inspire.

Every great society leaves a meaningful cultural legacy. The people of Dane County, Wisconsin have remarkable gifts to share with the world. Arts, culture, and local history express our common humanity. The Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission within Dane County Government supports these beliefs through its Dane Arts projects and programs.

Green background with white and black text: 2023 Calendar and Poster Call for Art, submissions due Friday, July 1, 2022 by 4 pm

 

Dane Arts is now accepting submissions for the twenty-third edition of our annual arts calendar and poster, highlighting the wonderful and talented artists of Dane County.

Learn more about our annual poster and  calendar!

Submissions are due by 4 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022. 

Dane Arts 2022 Cycle 1: $95,400 in Grants Awarded to Local Arts Organizations

Fifty-nine project grant requests totaling $95,400 were recently awarded in cycle 1 for “Dane Arts” project grants in 2022. Click HERE for the full press release and list of awards.

Applications were divided among three review panels: Theater, Dance & Visual Arts, Music, and Multidisciplinary, Arts in Education & Local History.

Click on the links below to view video recordings of each review panel. Expand the description below the video and click the timestamp next to the organization you wish to view.

The “Dane Arts” grants are funded by county dollars in conjunction with private donations from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. 

The next project grant deadline is August 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. LEARN MORE

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Behind Creative: A Dane Arts Series

Dane Arts with Coney Island Studios started a series we hope you will enjoy.  It's called, BEHIND CREATIVE. The series will spotlight local artists and technicians building community and the arts...BEHIND CREATIVE.

Behind Creative (pictured): DJ Pain 1 - WATCH NOW
Behind Creative: Sasha Debevec-McKenneyWATCH NOW
Behind Creative: Monica CliffWATCH NOW
Behind Creative: Rob DzWATCH NOW

We'd love to hear what you think.

 

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Learn More: Dane Arts Mural Arts  

 

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Dane Arts 2022 Calendar

After a one-year hiatus, Dane Arts Calendars are BACK!

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Dane Arts 2022 Poster

Learn more about the 2022 Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission Poster.

DANG! 2020 Grant Recipients

Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission– aka Dane Arts– produced two videos this year. The first video recognizes, supports, and honors the many different Individual working artists impacted by COVID-19. Over 250 artists were each supported with $500 through a grant called DANG!– the Dane Arts Need Grant.

Now, we are sharing our second short video, "The Dane Arts 2020 Grant Recipients." This video highlights all the amazing Dane County arts organizations funded through our 2020 grant cycles. Their art is a true testament to the innovative and creative thinking from many talented artists and managers here in Dane County.

We are all to be thankful we have such a diverse arena of artists, arts programs, and projects. As with the DANG! recipients awarded this summer, these arts organizations have also given us all so much joy– especially at a time when we continue to be locked down due to COVID-19.

https://vimeo.com/491277120

Community Resource

Dane Arts staff, along with Commission members, offer technical assistance, support, and advocacy countywide. Community service includes: initiating artistic projects, serving as an arts & culture resource hub, and inspiring meaningful connections between artists, presenters, and the community.

Impact

  • Honoring and celebrating the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission's community service spanning over four decades.
  • Brilliant artwork created by over 100 local individual artists showcased in annual art posters and calendars, of which, hundreds of thousands are distributed near and far.
  • Over 60 community murals and 35 storm drain designs created by Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA), a community arts effort which was started in 2014 out of this office and is now its own non- profit in partnership with Dane Arts.
  • Since 2015, Dane Arts Buy Local Art Market (DABL) has been exhibiting and selling the work of local visual artists in a festive atmosphere with over $150,000 in art sold to date.
  • Dane Arts Dance Arts (DADA) supporting and working with local movement artists and choreographers to create more opportunities to share creative work throughout Dane County. 
  • Over 100 local citizens provided service as Commission members and Grant Advisory Panel Members.
  • Arts, Culture & Local History Grants (2007-2021): over 1800 awards totaling over $9.2 million (public & private sources) leveraging nearly $57.2 million from other community sources.

Support Our Community

Use the Dane Arts Buy Local logo and learn more about our mission.

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