Dane County Cultural Affairs- Dane Arts is situated in the heart of county government. It has the pleasure of serving within the County Executive office. Its mission includes honoring and supporting the arts, history, and culture of Dane County. It is our goal to raise the visibility of the arts across disciplines to show the economic, cultural, and community impact the arts achieve as well as raise the academic achievements generated by the young people who participate in our creative arts programming.

Dane County Cultural Affairs- Dane Arts guarantees community access and opportunities to successful engagement.


The 2015 Shining Lights Poster is now available.


The 2016 "Shining Lights"calendar will soon be availalbe and they are gorgeous. 

The 2016 Poster theme is:

Everything You Never Expected...in Dane County

Visit our Call for Art Page for more information and an application.

The Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 16, 2015- 4pm.


Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market 2015 (DABL) had over 60 artists apply and 25 were selected- all artists will be notified this week.  We had a distinguised jury: Pete Lundberg, owner Janus Galleries, Tom Loeser, Professor of Art, UW-Madison, Margaret LeMay, Owner Marzen Gallery, Brent Gerlach, 100state/100arts Director and Meghan Blake-Horst, Owner, Madcity  Baazar.

We will have a stellar group of panelists at DABL discussing the art of business and the buisiness of art with County Executive Joe Parisi, Dr. Frank Bryne, CEO-Emeritus St Mary's Hosptial,  Matthew Gonnering, CEO - Widen Enterprises and former Lt Governor and Chair of the Wisconsin Arts Board, Barbara Lawton plus one other yet to be named guest.


Dane Arts Cycle 2 grant funding is underway with the Commission meeting Wednesday, October 7, 4:30pm to determing funding.

Dane Arts recieved 50 proposals for this round of funding.

Panelists will meet in mid-Septermber to discuss the proposals- dates to be yet announced.


Visit our new Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) project site- we've launched a new mural program and you can read our work at www.daneartsmuralarts.org

Thank you to the Madison Community Foundation for its generous seed support for DAMA.


Interested in keeping up with Dane Arts?

Find out what's going on at Dane Arts, learn about Dane Arts funded projects, get information on workshops, grant opportunities, and calls for art. There are lots of ways to connect:

  • Find us on Facebook
  • Visit our blog http://danearts.blogspot.com/
  • Subscribe to our newsletter (Sign-up at the bottom left of this page.)
  • Follow Dane Arts on Twitter @danearts
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Support Dane Arts' grants!

The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission awards several types of grants to local artists and arts & cultural organizations. Funding is provided through both public and private donations and every dollar can help art, culture, and history continue to thrive in Dane County. Giving is easy, just click on the "donate" button at the bottom right of this page and make your secure donation today!

power2give.org P2G is a great online cultural marketplace. P2G invites you to give directly to local arts and cultural projects. Your project support at this site will directly impact the outcome of a project. And your support will lead to additional opportunities with the artists and organizations you support.

P2G is critical to the livelihood of what makes Dane County a great county: generous community giving. You can help bring life to a creative project! Learn more.





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