Category Archives: ArtsK12

Phil Baker coming back to Madison…

We’re helping to bring Phil Baker to Madison this August 7th for National Night Out.


Phil Baker’s performance is provided through assistance from the Madison Police Department and the Madison Area Arts Council, with South Dakota Arts Council support, which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. (Cool how those arts grants work for us!)

Preview of our next Double Header…

180 Madison Middle students will take to The BrickHouse for “Interpretations of Matisse” and “We’re Going Buggy”

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Join us this Thursday evening, as we’ll celebrate the work of these students with a public reception from 5-8pm at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, 106 SE 2nd Street, Madison. Refreshments will be served.

Double Header w/ “Interpretations of Matisse” and “We’re Going Buggy”…

Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:00pm until 8:00pm

The Madison Middle School 6th & 7th grade art students will be sharing with us “Interpretations of Matisse” and “We’re Going Buggy” at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center this May. These works represent 165 students, which will account for an entire year of 6-week art mini-classes with instructor Ginny Freitag.

All Double Header events are free and open to the public, refreshments are always served, and are sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council.


From our friends from Americans for the Arts, something else for breakfast…

Brahms for Breakfast…

From our friends from Americans for the Arts, and they’re good for you!

Arts Projects for Kids…

We came across this website from a friend this morning, enjoy!

From things we know nothing about…

From our newest desk offering, ‘things we know nothing about’, comes news of a Fine Arts Night or something like that anyhow, again, check back with the desk about this, anyhow via Matt Groce,

Check out a night of young artists! Madison High School’s 6th annual Fine Arts night, Monday February 14th at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium–Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Show Choir, Oral Interp, Student Artwork, Light show by Zach Zingmark and ice cream after the concert! A free-will offering will benefit the fine arts at MHS.

Alright, we hear you, but not so well, so come on Bulldogs, you gotta share better than this, give us a little something, something.

If you have something to share with us, as we do like the sharing, send an email on over to

Artists in our Schools and Communities

Our organization, the Madison Area Arts Council, supported the Artists in our Schools and Communities program for several decades. Each year we gifted the funding for this program to Madison area schools, with as many as 4 or 5 guest artists a year visiting these schools. Last year, with respects to our own budget constraints, we were sadly forced to discontinue our financial support.

If you or your organization would like to help us with providing this valued program once again to our area schools, feel free to email us at

South Dakota schools and communities have the opportunity to book professional artists to teach weeklong courses to students of all ages. 

The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting grant applications for its Artists In Schools and Communities (AISC) residency program. The SDAC will provide matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations.  
Through the AISC program, students – adults and children alike – will learn about fine arts in an exciting, relevant, hands-on environment.  
Grantees choose their art medium and artist from a roster of professional teaching artists endorsed by the Arts Council. Residency genres include dance, literature, writing, music, theater, visual arts and traditional arts. Within those genres, the choices are numerous. A theater residency could include classroom workshops or a full-length production featuring local students at the end of the week. In the visual arts, choose from pottery, weaving, painting, drawing, sculpting and even a final exhibit focused on a community’s history through multi-media pop art. The traditional artists include residencies in cowboy culture, American Indian hoop dancing and rodeo clowning. 
For information about the South Dakota Arts Council roster artists and their programs, visit 
The deadline for grant applications to be postmarked is April 1, 2011; watch for updates in 2012, when the application deadline will change to March 1. The application is available at 
The mission of the Arts Council is to provide grants and services to artists, arts institutions, schools and other nonprofit organizations throughout the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.  

Congress declares Arts in Education week

Mark the date, as Congress has declared the second week in September (September 12-18), ‘Arts in Education Week’.

Our council, the Madison Area Arts Council, has been a long time advocate and supporter of arts education, not only within our local schools, but within our greater community as well.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks, as we’ll announce a special community program to highlight this week, and our continued efforts to sustain and strengthen the arts within our community.

From Americans for the Arts:
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy. Take two minutes to send a message of support for arts education to your member of Congress!
The resolution seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding. H.Con.Res. 275 also highlights the critical link between those skills and preparing our children for gaining a competitive edge in the global economy. This is an important message for policy makers to acknowledge as they prepare to reauthorize federal education policy.

H. CON. RES. 275


Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students;

Whereas according to Albert Einstein, `After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science

and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.';

Whereas arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate and express ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom;

Whereas the nonprofit arts sector contributes to the economy and plays an important role in the economic health of communities large and small with direct expenditures of wages and benefits as well as goods and services;

Whereas to succeed in today’s economy, students must masterfully use words, images, sounds, and movement to communicate;

Whereas as the Nation works to strengthen its foothold in the 21st century global economy, the arts equip students with a creative, competitive edge;

Whereas where schools and communities are delivering high-quality learning opportunities in, through, and about the arts for children, extraordinary results occur;

Whereas studies have shown that schools with large populations of students in poverty can be transformed into vibrant hubs of learning through arts education;

Whereas studies have also found that eighth graders from underresourced environments who are highly involved in the arts have better grades, less likelihood of dropping out by grade ten, have more positive attitudes about school, and are more likely to go onto college;

Whereas attracting and retaining the best teachers is vital and can be achieved by ensuring that schools embrace the arts, becoming havens for creativity and innovation;

Whereas arts education has the power to make students want to learn not just within the arts, but other areas of study;

Whereas art is integral to the lives of many United States citizens and can improve the vitality of communities and the Nation; and

Whereas the week beginning on the second Sunday of September would be an appropriate week to designate as Arts in Education Week: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–

(1) supports the designation of Arts in Education Week;

(2) calls on governors, mayors, and other elected officials from across the United States to issue proclamations to raise awareness of the value and importance of arts in education; and

(3) encourages the President to issue a proclamation encouraging the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate activities.

Passed the House of Representatives July 26, 2010.

T.J. Casey – Chautauqua Series Summary

Meet-and-greet reception held for cowboy poet T.J. Casey

Emmeline Elliott

The Madison Area Arts Council hosted a community reception for cowboy poet T.J. Casey as part of the Chautauqua Series. Casey spent a week as an artist-in-residence at the Madison Elementary School. He spent time teaching students how to write cowboy poetry, including how to use meter and rhyme in a poem. About 25 to 30 people stopped by the meet-and-greet at the Madison Public Library.

Copies of four of T.J.’s music CDs were for sale, including “Pure ‘D’ Cowboy,” which was named Country-Western CD of the Year through the National Traditional Country Music Association and the Rural Roots Music Commission in 2009. His CDs “Giving Back” and “Giving Back 2” are part of his Giving Back Foundation, which supports farmers and ranchers affected by natural disasters. T.J.’s CDs can be purchased from his website at He is also a singer/songwriter, composer, humorist and storyteller.

T.J. said he enjoyed working with Madison’s students throughout the week. All of the students wrote a poem, he said, and some of them even wrote two. Several students came to the reception to say hello, get an autograph or ask that question on so many youngsters’ minds: how long did it take T.J. to grow his mustache? He said he’s been growing his mustache for two years.

Refreshments were served at the reception and T.J. drew Angela Behrends’ name as the winner for a free Dairy Queen Blizzard.


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