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Grants & Opportunities

The Madison Arts Commission (MAC) provides funding and opportunities for artists and arts organizations through the following avenues:

Explore the variety of opportunities below and email with additional questions on how MAC might be able to support your arts initiative.

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Interactive Cultural Calendar Grant

The City of Madison Planning Division is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations for an Interactive Cultural Events Calendar to promote community, arts, and cultural events in the Greater Madison area. This grant aims to support an organization experienced in marketing to design, develop, publish, and conduct regular maintenance of a web-based interactive Cultural Events Calendar. Grant applicants who collaborate with similar organizations in order to develop a more robust and inclusive Cultural Events Calendar are preferred.
All Madison-based organizations that currently have a cultural calendar are welcome to apply to improve their platform. If you are interested in applying, please review the Grant Guidelines and submit you application using this form.

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Annual Grant Program

All annual grant programs (Arts Education, Legacy, and Project) use the same guidelines and application form:

Annual Grant Program Guidelines
Annual Grant Program Application


Art Education Grants

Arts Education Grants provide up to $3,000 for co-curricular and extra-curricular PK – 12 arts educational programming.

MAC, as part of its mission to make the arts accessible to all of Madison's residents, is especially committed to making arts education available to every child. Developing the arts and integrating them more fully into the lives of Madison communities is at the heart of our Art Education Grants. The goal of the grant is to support partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and community groups for co-curricular and extra-curricular arts-based activities inPreK-12 grade. This arts-based education should take place on a regularly scheduled basis, should engage diverse, under-served students, and should occur during non-school hours. MAC funds must be used for free programs, or scholarships allowing free participation.

Individual Artist Fellowships
Individual Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Madison. These awards provide up to $1,500 to artists of all disciplines to support continued artistic/ professional development, enabling artists to create new original work, complete work in progress, and pursue activities which contribute to their artistic growth. Applicants need only complete parts A through E of the application. This grant is meant to support professionally-active artists who reside in Madison and are producing original work (i.e., composers, choreographers, authors, visual artists). Preference will be given to proposals that include public access to the completed work.
Legacy Grants

Legacy Grants are a special fast-track grant category for those organizations that have received MAC annual grant funding for the same project in three out of the last six years. Funding in the legacy category is limited to $1,500 and applicants need only complete parts A & B of the application.

If your organization has received ongoing support for the same project for several years, please consider applying in the Legacy grant category. MAC recognizes that there are many projects in Madison that have proven over time to be successful and are now an integral part of our cultural landscape. We appreciate your organization’s long term commitment to providing enriching arts experiences, and understand that a modest subsidy from MAC is necessary for you to continue to provide your legacy program.

Project Grants

Project Grants provide up to $3,000 to nonprofit arts organizations for performances, exhibitions, installations, art, concert series, and events or other projects that enrich the cultural lives of Madison’s residents. There must be a significant component of the project that is free and accessible to the public. Typically, these projects are participatory, educational, and can involve professional or non-professional artists.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or individual artists, teams of artists or neighborhood groups who apply through a nonprofit fiscal receiver are eligible for Project Grants.

Project Grants will be made for projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Facilitate the involvement of Madison residents in arts and cultural activities;
  • Expand individual artists’ work;
  • Provide an opportunity for community members to participate in the creative process;
  • Are targeted to children, adults, and/or families; or provide arts and cultural programs that celebrate or enhance the identity of a specific neighborhood, ethnicity, organization or community.

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Art in Public Places (AIPP)

AIPP funds permanent public art projects that are designed to last 10 or more years and cost $15,000 or more (including MAC funds). MAC leverages community funding and attention for major public art projects that have artistic merit and will make a positive, long-term impact on Madison.

Eligible applicants include recognized Madison neighborhood associations, organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (organized in the City of Madison), or City of Madison agencies or their associated non-profit foundation or friends group. Individual artists or ad hoc groups of artists interested in applying must partner with a neighborhood association, nonprofit organization, or City agency.

AIPP Grant Summary
Sample Contract (a similar but custom contract will be developed for each AIPP project)

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BLINK Temporary Public Art Commissions

BLINK commissions support experimental, ad-hoc, temporary public works of art that sprout up throughout the community and vanish, leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. Creations in open spaces, construction sites, and public parks provide a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist's eyes.

Proposals for the BLINK program are due three times per year: Feb 1st, June 1st, and October 1st. At the MAC meeting following each deadline, commissioners review proposals and decide if they want to purchase the artwork for the City's BLINK program.

Artists should propose ideas for a temporary public art project that is modest in cost and is feasible, yet unique, bold and ambitious in impact. This is an accessible grant for short term projects. Some notable temporary opportunities may arise outside of the City of Madison where participation would benefit the Madison artist as well as the City of Madison community. In that case, MAC will periodically consider proposals outside of its geographic bounds.  "Opportunity" BLINK grants will be considered on a case by case basis, and will likely be rarely distributed.

BLINK Guidelines
BLINK Application

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Calls for Artists

Through the Percent for Art Ordinance and selective municipal exhibitions, the Madison Arts Commissions occasionally issues calls for artists or requests for qualifications. All calls will be posted below when available.

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Artists At Work Creative Workforce Development Grant

The Madison Arts Commission (MAC) awarded $450,000 to local artsNEA Logo organizations through a special grant program called “Artists at Work.” MAC designed this grant opportunity to encourage non-profit organizations to generate, reinstate, and create arts industry jobs. Artists at Work subgrants are made possible by an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Grants of $10,000, $15,000, and $25,000 were awarded to the following organizations and positions:

  • Arts & Literature Laboratory Inc - Public Programs Coordinator
  • Bayview Foundation Inc - Placemaking and Community Arts Specialist
  • UW Madison [UW Community Arts Collaboratory Teaching Artist] - Arts Collab Teaching Artist
  • Center for Black Excellence and Culture Inc - Director of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dane Arts Mural Arts Inc - Executive Director
  • GEEX Inc - Social Media Intern
  • IP Ministries Inc - Arts Administration Assistant
  • Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc - Company Dancer and Outreach Teacher
  • LunART Inc - Operations Manager
  • Madison Ballet Inc - Artistic Director
  • Madison Children's Museum Inc - Summer Outreach Coordinator
  • Madison Circus Space Inc - Circus Arts Programs Coordinator
  • Madison College, School of Business and Applied Arts - Exhibition Coordinator
  • Madison Contemporary Dance Inc - Artistic Director
  • Madison Public Library Foundation Inc - Wisconsin Book Festival Communications Creative
  • Madison Youth Choirs Inc - Director of Education & Community Programs
  • Make Music Madison Inc - Musician-in-Residence
  • Overture Center Foundation Inc - Lullaby Project Lead Teaching Artist & Community Facilitator
  • Preschool of the Arts Inc - Art Specialist
  • Synergy Ventures Foundation Inc - Artist at Synergy
  • Urban Community Arts Network Ltd - Artistic Innovation Coordinator
  • Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters Inc - Exhibitions Coordinator
Last Updated: 11/16/2022


Madison Arts Commission
Madison Municipal Building
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
P.O. Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985

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