Overture’s Local Legends lead by example in their support of the arts and community engagement. Local Legends give $100,000 to support operations and programs at Overture Center for the Arts and every spring this giving serves as a challenge to the Madison community to match their generosity. Overture’s annual Spring Match Campaign makes the arts available to all in Madison and beyond.
See below to learn more about 2018/19 Local Legends, or learn more about our past local legends.
2018/19 LOCAL LEGENDS
The 2018/19 Local Legends are Norman and Barbara Mittelstaedt Berven, Vance and Jody Tang, and Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison. They challenge the Madison community to match their collective gift of $300,000 to support Overture’s operations and programs.
Norman Berven and Barbara Mittelstaedt Berven
The Bervens supported many of Overture’s community programs with their Local Legends gift, including the Galleries, Rising Stars, and Overture’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
“Art in all its forms is transformative… it shapes the way we see the world and it’s so enriching and we would just want that experience for everyone.”
Dan Brown of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison have been dedicated supporters of Frostiball and International Festival for many years. In 2019 they chose to elevate their support to become Local Legends.
“What the Overture and what the performing arts bring to a community is something that we want to be a part of.”
Vance and Jody Tang
The Tangs are two-time Local Legends, first supporting Overture at that level in 2018 and then again in 2019. Their 2019 gift supports the restoration of the Capitol Theater’s 90+ year old Grand Barton Organ, to ensure that it can play for another 90 years.
“We support the arts because it creates a thriving community of creative people and ideas.”