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MAAC makes art happen in 2010

Emmeline Elliott

The Madison Area Arts Council covered a lot of ground in 2010 with the number of artists, authors and musicians participating in area events. Let’s take a look back at MAAC’s year in review.

Each month MAAC volunteers strive to bring educational and entertaining programs to the community that are free and open to the public. These events are part of the Chautauqua Series program and are aimed at promoting and advocating arts and culture in the Lake County area.

In an effort to continue to produce quality programming for the community, MAAC recently launched its 2011 supporters campaign, Simply Vibrant! Materials to make a contribution can be found in this issue of the Madison Daily Leader.

MAAC started 2010 with a special musical performance by Lauren Pelon. In her presentation “The Living Roots of Music,” Pelon’s instruments and music spanned centuries and came from across the globe. A one-woman show, Pelon impressed the audience by playing more than two dozen different instruments throughout the program.

Music was the focus for many of MAAC’s Chautauqua Series events. The Wentworth youth handbell choir of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, directed by Julie Gehrels, gave a Saturday afternoon performance at the Madison Public Library.

In July and October, MAAC held outdoor street concerts in front of The BrickHouse Community Arts Center. Musical acts that took the stage at the summertime White Night Festival included the Prairie Repertory Theatre, The Airplane Hanger Band, Kickin’ Analog, The Coltcockers and The Michael Hope Band. To start the festival, a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held for MAAC’s new facility. Later, painting and screen-printing demonstrations were given by John Green of Madison and Harlequin Studios of Sioux Falls, respectively.

MAAC celebrated its first year in its new building by throwing The BrickHouse Bash! this fall. The Sewer Rats and Jack Rollins performed outside while the Dirty Laundry art show was exhibited in the gallery.

Before John Green participated in the White Night Festival, the renowned Madison artist generously gave his time earlier in the year for an evening painting demonstration at Dakota State University. Audience members watched Green’s painting techniques as he worked on a riverside scene. Carol White was the lucky attendee who won Green’s original painting that night.

Madison native and author Jon Lauck gave a talk on his book Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory, 1879-1889. His discussion focused on the shaping of Dakota Territory and the beginning of the state of South Dakota.

MAAC brought in several presentations that were made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans read a number of poems about the Midwest’s people, landscape and weather as part of his program, “Midwestern Themes in Art and Literature.” Stained glass scholar Dr. Barbara Johnson gave a lecture on this art form in South Dakota and spoke on specific stained glass windows in Madison. Robert Kolbe discussed the history of photography in the state from 1840 to 1930 and displayed artifacts from his personal collection, including a photo of John Wilkes Booth. A presentation by Jason McEntee looked at the perception of soldiers in American war films, especially those of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

A new program for MAAC this year is the open studio evening called 3rd Place Nights. On the third Wednesday of every month, the public is welcome to use The BrickHouse as an artistic work space.

Some new faces have joined the arts council this year. Rounding out the executive board are Chris Francis as president, Cassie Edwards as vice president, Emmeline Elliott as secretary and Mary Francis as treasurer.

There’s a lot going on in your local arts community. Check out what’s coming up for next year or learn how to volunteer by visiting

Read your local paper, or at least the ads…

Yes, we believe in advertising, especially when it provides for outstanding community programming for all of us.

This Wednesday in the pages of the Madison Daily Leader, alongside another great arts column from Emmeline Elliott, you’ll find our campaign materials in full color, for your in-home review. We ask that you take a moment and remember those great moments we’ve shared from this past year, and those from our nearly 50 years of programming too. We ask that you not only recall those moments, but we ask that you help us make sure that they continue to happen in the coming years through a generous and tax-deductible contribution.

Our efforts are solely funded by our community, which is you and your neighbor too, and our annual campaign ensures that our mission of providing assessable culturally rich and diverse programming continues. From our Chautauqua Series, to our White Night festival, from the BrickHouse Bash, to our home, The BrickHouse, we continue to lead the way forward for the arts here in the Madison area.

Please, take a moment, take a week, take however long you need, but please do consider supporting our efforts in the coming year.

Outside the Madison area, then feel free to right-click and print this image too, and send back to us. Or email us at, and we’ll send you our campaign materials too.

Next, we pay the bills..

Good friends, fellow neighbors, and believers of the arts, now is the time to act!

Our fundraising drive for ‘Simply Vibrant!’ kicked-off a few months back, and many of you may have received our campaign materials last week in the mail. Our materials are also available at all of our programming events, and in the coming weeks, we’ll even have a color ad in the pages of the Madison Daily Leader. If you’d like to have these materials mailed directly to your home, email us at, and we’ll send them on their way.

We’ve actually introduced a new way of giving this past year, our ‘Champion of the Arts’, which is essentially for gifts of any level, no matter the size, all are seen as equal, and help us to bring great free programming to our community. You can also become a principal or contributing sponsor of our programming too, from our renowned Chautauqua Series, to our forthcoming White Night festival, and even our home, The BrickHouse Community Arts Center.

Now, let’s take a moment, review, breathe, and mail your contribution back to us, your friendly local arts council. Thanks!

White Night is upon us!

We’re less than a week away from one of this summer’s biggest free & open arts & cultural festivals, our first-ever White Night, and we’re looking forward to an amazing gathering of incredible talents.

We’ve got Harlequin Studios, Prairie Repertory Theatre, The Coltcockers, John Green, The Michael Hope Band, Kickin’ Analog, The Airplane Hanger Band, the folks from Graphic Content, our Chamber of Madison ribbon cutting, our Simply Vibrant! kick-off, along with all sorts of local & regional artists and dreamers from all walks of life, for one amazing night!

Would you like to join us, well, it’s never been easier to do just that. First, come to White Night this Thursday, here at The BrickHouse in Madison, from 5-11 pm, and be ready to create, share, converse, embrace, and otherwise enjoy the night! White Night is an amazing opportunity to connect, and be part of your greater community, all while making great art happen.

White Night, at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, 106 SE 2nd St, Madison, South Dakota. Join us, share with us, and be part of the first White Night festival in the states! July 1st, 5 – 11 pm.

Turn on those lights, White Night is here!

Our first-ever White Night festival is set for July 1st, from 5-10 pm, at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, here in downtown Madison. White Night is an amazing opportunity for all of us to come together, unite, share, converse, laugh, and enjoy the night.

Here’s a quick glimpse of what you can expect to experience during White Night: 

  • Madison Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting for The BrickHouse is scheduled for 5 pm, as a way to kick the festival off. 
  • We’re also launching our forthcoming 2011 supporters campaign, ‘Simply Vibrant!’, during the festival.
  • Our festival stage features Prairie Repertory Theatre, The Airplane Hanger Band, Kickin’ Analog, The Coltcockers, and The Michael Hope Band.
  • Our special guests include Harlequin Studios of Sioux Falls, regional artist John C. Green, and many more wonderful creative-types, working, sharing, and making great things happen.
  • We’ll have a number of great family-friendly opportunities to create, and enjoy some quality time, throughout the festival. 
  • We’ll also have some great ‘fun foods’ available for purchase, from Aramark, during the festival.

Reminder, White Night is a free & open family-friendly festival, so be sure to join us, as we make amazing happen! (And be sure to keep those lights on too Madison!)

It’s starting to look like home…

Check out the latest addition to The BrickHouse, our great logo, now that should draw some attention!

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been working on giving our great facility some much-needed signage, as a way to better identify ourselves, and to freshen-up downtown Madison too!

A big thanks goes to, for their direct financial support, which made this project possible. Also, thanks to Doug at Outerworld, in Madison, for all of his continued efforts to make it real. Great work!

So if you’re in the neighborhood, swing by, and take a look for yourself, we encourage gawking and picture-taking too.

Our Fresh Look…

The BrickHouse Community Arts Center continues to grow and develop, as we work towards building a vibrant community, here in the Madison area!

This past week, our newest effort is the installation of our fresh graphic package at The BrickHouse. This progressive project would not have been possible without the assistance and support of Dwaine Chapel of Lake Area Improvement Corporation and the financial support of

With proactive partners, such as LAIC and, our community continues to lead the way forward, with the Madison Area Arts Council as a vocal, and now much more visual, advocate.

We would also like to thank the City of Madison, for their continued and ongoing committment of our programming efforts. As a way of acknowledging their many years of valued support, we have included the official City of Madison logo within our graphic package, Thanks!

We would also like to thank Outer World Screen Printing & Design for their assistance with the development of this graphic package.

Be sure to watch for a few more signage and graphic additions in the coming weeks, as we continue to develop our visual identity at The BrickHouse.


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