Madison Community Foundation Year of Giving presents grant #3: Capitol Century
Madison Children’s Museum, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Community Foundation team up to celebrate the artistic wonders of the Capitol Square
Today, Madison Community Foundation along with Madison Children’s Museum, Overture Center for the Arts and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced new programs to celebrate the Capitol’s 100th anniversary. This is the third major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th anniversary Year of Giving.
Capitol Century, supported by a grant from Madison Community Foundation, will include funding for the July 26th performance of Concerts on the Square, as well as innovative and provocative programming at Madison Children’s Museum and Overture Center for the Arts from July 2017 through May 2018.
“We are incredibly grateful to Madison Community Foundation for their support of the arts in Madison and their generous funding to help make our July 26th performance of Concerts on the Square possible,” said Andrew Sewell, Maestro for Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. “We are thrilled to help celebrate the Wisconsin State Capitol Centennial and the Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary by bringing the community together at the Capitol Square.”
“We couldn’t think of a better event to announce our third grant than Concerts on the Square,” said Madison Community Foundation president Bob Sorge. “The Capitol Square is hub to many wonderful art and music venues in Dane county. We look forward to viewing all the creative projects from Madison Children’s Museum and Overture Center for the Arts as they unfold throughout the next few months.”
“Madison Children’s Museum is pleased to create a series of exhibits, programs, events and opportunities for children, families and adults to celebrate Madison Community Foundation’s 75th anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol, and the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2017,” said Deborah Gilpin, President & CEO. “The museum has cooked up a robust set up activities, all revolving around architecture, design, creativity and invention, to take place from July 2017 through May 2018.”
“Artists are creating new work that responds to the history, architecture or cultural symbolism of the Capitol building and surrounding grounds,” said Ted DeDee, Overture’s president and CEO. “We’re so grateful to Madison Community Foundation for helping us bring this exhibit to life and look forward to sharing more information with the community as the exhibit takes shape in the coming months.”
How Madison Children’s Museum Will Use the MCF Grant
Madison Children’s Museum will create four pop-up exhibits, one the creation of a giant-scale version of the Wisconsin State Capitol, another a room-sized cardboard and paper plate capitol, the third, an exhibit of artists-made, pint-sized Capitols, to be displayed in the museum’s first floor Sidewalk Surprise gallery, and the last, a lit-up Capitol “fort” on the museum’s rooftop. These exhibits will open between October 2017 and May 2018, with each project including an artist residency workshop for museum visitors.
How Overture Center Will Use the MCF Grant
Overture Center for the Arts will use the funding for a special exhibit, The Capitol at 100: Madison Artists Celebrate the Centennial, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin Capitol Building through artworks by Madison artists curated by Martha Glowacki. The exhibit will run from November 4, 2017—January 14, 2018 in the Playhouse Gallery. Done in a variety of media, artworks will range from richly detailed examinations of the building’s architecture and ornament to personal interpretations of the political history of the Capitol. The exhibition will also include an historical overview of some of the artists commissioned to create paintings, mosaics, and sculpture for the Capitol Building. For more information on the exhibit, go to overture.org/Capitol100
About Madison Community Foundation
Established in 1942, Madison Community Foundation is now comprised of more than 1,750 charitable funds with approximately $218 million in assets. In the last 25 years, together with donors, MCF has given some $200 million to nonprofits in Dane County and around the world.
About Madison Children’s Museum
Madison Children’s Museum is a museum for children in Madison, Wisconsin, that contains exhibits on the arts, sciences, history, culture, health, and civic engagement.
About Overture Center for the Arts
Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.
About Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Sewell, is a professional Madison-based orchestra dedicated to advancing Wisconsin communities through the transformative power of music. Now in its 34th season, Concerts on the Square is a series free admission concerts presented on six consecutive Wednesday evenings from June to August and regularly draws crowds of 40,000 to the Wisconsin State Capitol lawn, making it one of the most widely attended summer event series in Madison.
Additional contact information for grant #3 in Madison Community Foundation’s Year of Giving:
- Madison Children’s Museum Grant: Deb Gilpin, Executive Director, Madison Children’s Museum, 608-256-6445 ext. 553, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Concerts on the Square Grant: Mark Cantrell, CEO, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, 608-257-0638, email@example.com
- Overture Center Grant: Sarah Knab, Communications Manager, Overture Center, 608-258-4438, (Cell) 920-860-0579, firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Madison Community Foundation Contact: Tom Linfield, Vice President, Community Impact, Madison Community Foundation, 608-232-1763, email@example.com
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