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Dane Arts

Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission

Click HERE to purchase the 2022 Dane Arts Calendar! 

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.

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Dane Arts 2022 Calendar

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

Visit our calendar and poster pages for more information on this year's featured artists, and where to pick up your 2022 calendar and poster!

Cover Artwork: Jeff Stern, There's Always One, oil on canvas

Summer landscape painting with a blue sky, green fields, and a yellow flower on the right side of the composition

Dane Arts 2022 Poster

Each year for over four decades, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's annual art poster has showcased a different, talented local artist. This tradition lives on in 2022. Poster donations help support the Commission's mission and programs: fostering public participation, increasing access, and forging alliances in support of local arts, culture, and history.

2022 featured artwork: Molly Krolczyk, Summer Night, Indian Lake, acrylic on wood panel, 20” x 24”

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Watch Now: Behind Creative

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.

WATCH NOW - Behind Creative: Monica Cliff

WATCH NOW - Behind Creative: Rob Dz

We'd love to hear what you think.

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Learn More: Dane Arts Mural Arts  

Dane Arts 2022 Cycle 1

Dane Arts 2022 Grant Cycle 1 application is currently open.

Application Deadline: 4 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Learn More

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

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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.

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