We almost forgot to update you on our last Baby Mountain concert event, in which we raised $162 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Quite a show indeed, we told you, and told you again for good measure, this wasn’t a show to be missed, honestly, such an incredible night for sure!
Category Archives: History
Thursday, May 23rd, 7-9pm
The BrickHouse Community Arts Center
In 2009, the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls hosted ‘Journey Women’, an exhibition which featured twelve art dolls that were the collaborative creation of twelve female artists, many of which shared roots in the Madison community.
Their journey continued with ‘Journey Women II: Shrine • Altar • Box’. For that exhibition, thirteen female artists came together, each one creating a shrine, altar, or box that was rotated among them over the course of more than one year. Each artist established her shrine’s intent and as the pieces were passed from artist to artist each responded and developed it with her own set of insights. A journal accompanied each work to record the progression of the piece as well as the thoughts of the artists. Currently, these artists are working on ‘Journey Women III’, which will debut in 2014.
The Madison Area Arts Council is thrilled to welcome home these ‘Journey Women’ including Ginny Freitag, Lisa Shoemaker, Jill Frederick, Eve Fisher, Donna Hazelwood, Winnie Giles, Connie Herring, and Angela Behrends to The BrickHouse Community Arts Center this May. We’ll be showing select pieces from both showings, and the artists will be on hand to discuss their thoughts and process behind these works.
This showing is for one-night only, refreshments will be served, and is free and open to the public. The BrickHouse Community Arts Center is located at 106 SE 2nd Street in downtown Madison.
‘Burlap Wolf King’ welcomed for a hometown record release party.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.
Join us as we welcome Madison native singer songwriter Thomas Hentges, aka ‘Burlap Wolf King’ back to The BrickHouse this February for the hometown release of his newest 5 track effort, ‘EP’.
In a twist, the Madison Area Arts Council is donating $2 for each album sold that night to the Madison High School Music Department, and we’re asking all of our guests to donate as well, as we raise funds together for a great benefit – to promote the next great class of Madison musicians.
The event is free and open to the public, donations accepted, and refreshments are always provided. The BrickHouse is located in Downtown Madison, at 106 SE 2nd Street.
Friends of the arts in Madison,
I wanted to take a moment to discuss some recent news about our ongoing efforts here in Madison and how that relates to what we do everyday for our community as an organization.
We’ve prided ourselves on providing awesome programming, and yes, we’ve done that for nearly 50 years, and yes, we can proudly claim our legacy at the state’s original arts council, need not mention the multiple visits of the Guthrie Theatre, or an early Prairie Home Companion broadcast in 1980, and today, with our Double Header and music festivals, and the restoration of our home, The BrickHouse Community Arts Center.
We’ve sure loved every moment, and yes, it hasn’t been easy to make these programs happen in a community of our size, and yes literally all this happened through the hundreds of volunteers, artists, musicians, and even a few directors, all of whom have made the arts part of our communities rich fabric. And we continually thank everyone for literally investing their time and passion into this big cultural experiment called an arts council, we’ve accomplished some great things over all these years, and hopefully, we’re still friends after all that.
But, we’ve been operating under the optimistic impression, that if we continued to build and provide great programing, and free and open to the public programming at that, our community would respond in kind, partnerships would be developed, which it often has in years past, but now, sadly we’ve entered a point to where things haven’t gone the way we needed to maintain a viable and financially stable organization, and still preserve our mission to the fullest, and that is something we’re not eager to admit, and yes, this isn’t our best moment, and yes, there’s a list of choice words waiting to be uttered, but we’ll say this, it sucks, we all could agree to that.
So what just happened?
Well, the latest concerns we face as an organization amount to the lack of proper insurance coverage we’ve been operating under for the past several years, under the false assumption that our kind of variety-based programming was indeed insurable and recognized under our current liability policy. As it now stands, we were mistaken, and now we face a dynamic rise of our insurance premiums, and hence, we’re unable to maintain our programs and our facility within our current budget restraints, and realistically, we must question the worth of investing our very limited resources to provide for a growing insurance premium, one which still doesn’t allow for the type of programs we desire. And as they say, that’s our business problem, and we have to deal with it.
So, we’re going to take a break to deal with it, after this Saturday’s damn right fantastic program at The BrickHouse, we will unfortunately begin formal discussions on restructuring the mission and role of our organization, which will result in a pause in our daily operations for the immediate future, and yes, unfortunately, we may be forced to address the possibility of simply calling it quits. We didn’t say this was gonna be an easy thing to digest.
Yet, we believe in our community, and we believe in the programming we’ve offered, and we thank everyone who has helped us make all of this possible for the many years, 48 years at that, thank you for that! And yes, we hope all this works out, but if you loved the arts and what we’ve done, come on out this Saturday, we’re gonna throw one hell of a good party.
President of the finest arts organization around, the Madison Area Arts Council, and I’ll still say that no matter what.
We’re getting more than excited about our next Double Header with Carolina Story and artists Chad Nelson and Nancyjane Huehl.
So, we thought it would be fun to tease you with a few images from Nancyjane, so be sure to mark those calendars for Thursday, August 30th, 7-9pm at The BrickHouse.
Thanks again to Historic Prairie Village, The South Dakota Arts Council, our bands including Jim Groth, Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King, and everyone from Wumpus, Angela and Emmeline, and our dedicated supporters, we loved it all, thanks for making it happen!