Category Archives: History

Baby Mountain Concert held in Madison…

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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!

‘Dakota 38′ Community Dinner in Madison…

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

DSU Trojan Underground, 1-3pm

Work of Jerry Fogg

Work of Jerry Fogg

Join Dakota State University, President Borofsky, and the Madison community as we welcome the Dakota 38+2 riders and guests for a community dinner and program on the campus of Dakota State University.

Yankton Sioux Lakota artist and DSU alumni Jerry Fogg will be on hand to share his work and insights in regards to the Dakota 38, and their impact within his own work.

A special thanks to Dakota State University, DSU Diversity Services, Madison Public Library, Friends of the Madison Public Library, and the Madison Area Arts Council for their support of this community event.

This free public event will be hosted in the Dakota State University Underground, which is located in the lower level of the Trojan Center on the east side of campus directly to the west of Washington Avenue. Join us as a community as we welcome our guests to Madison.

Film Screening for ‘Dakota 38′ tomorrow in Madison…

Join us as we screen the documentary film ‘Dakota 38′ this December in the Mundt Foundation on the campus of Dakota State University.

Special guests Perry Little, Dakota 38 Eagle Staff Carrier, and John Beheler, the Executive Director of Dakota Indian Foundation, will be on hand to answer questions and provide their insights on the history of the ride itself and the history of the Dakota 38.

A donation of food will also be gathered at this time for the Dakota 38 riders needs. We are requesting donations of energy bars, granola, ‘Tanka’ products, beef jerky, Gatorade-type drinks, hot-coca mix, and other healthy options.

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and is considered appropriate for mature audiences.

This event is made possible with the support of the Madison Public Library, Friends of the Madison Public Library, Dakota State University, DSU Diversity Services, The Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons, The Mundt Foundation, and the Madison Area Arts Council.

Jerry Fogg Piece Acquired…

We were glad to help sponsor artist Jerry Fogg’s recent showing at First Bank & Trust Gallery at Dakota State University. Part of that agreement included our purchase of an original piece from Jerry, which will be placed on loan to the Madison Public Library in the coming weeks ahead, yet another way we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
“New Moon In Dakota Territory”

Fogg Loan

In the territory called Dakota settled the Oyate humans who formed the three clans of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota of the plains. Living peacefully in their own time, they celebrated by the darkness of the new moon and its cycle’s non-appearance in the heavens.

This 1886 Dakota Territory map shows the area which was vastly settled by whites, forcing the new moon celebrations to become just a dark period of time for these Oyate humans.

With time and science came the understanding of the moon’s recurring cycles. Now we look to the stars for new cultural practices.

Our Chautauqua Series Returns this September with Patrick Hicks

Chautauqua Series with Patrick Hicks

Tuesday, September 17th

7pm, The BrickHouse Community Arts Center


We’ll kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebration with the return of our storied Chautauqua Series with accomplished writer and researcher Patrick Hicks and his South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau presentation “At Auschwitz and the Other Camps: Doing Research & Writing About a Nazi Concentration Camp”

Patrick Hicks is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer and This London, both from Ireland’s acclaimed press, Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals and magazines in America, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Tar River Poetry, New Ohio Review, Natural Bridge, Salon, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. He has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, been a notable mention in Best American Stories, and he is the recipient of a number of grants, including ones from the Bush Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work with PBS’s Over South Dakota was nominated for an Emmy in 2012.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford and a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, he is now the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College. For many years Patrick lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but he has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his four-year-old son, who was adopted from Korea. His first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is about the Holocaust, will be published by Steerforth/Random House in 2014. His next collection of poetry, Adoptable, is forthcoming with Salmon. For more about his work, visit

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Councill and is sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and is held at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, located in downtown Madison at 106 SE 2nd Street.

‘Journey Women’ Art Showing Comes Home to Madison…

‘Selections from Journey Women’ 

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.

Journey Women I Group

Journey Women I Group

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.

Thomas Hentges returns to The BrickHouse

‘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.

A note we’d rather not share…

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.

Chris Francis,

President of the finest arts organization around, the Madison Area Arts Council, and I’ll still say that no matter what.

Work of Nancyjane Huehl to come to Madison…

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.

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White Night 2012 happened yet again…

Jim Groth was the first to take the stage at the Welk…

We’ve been sharing pics and clips of White Night 2012 this past week through Facebook, so if you haven’t seen those, take a moment to check it out!

Burlap Wolf King took the Welk stage as well, and notice those free cupcakes and cookies, cause some non-profit arts based organization had their 48th birthday…

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!

Thanks to our dedicated supporters, our guest artists love to play to a warm house….


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