We’re partnering with Arts + Literature Laboratory to offer classes for nine weeks this summer. Check out what we’re brewing up!
Register Here: artlitlab.jumbula.com
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About this Program:
The Youth ArtWrite Collective is designed as a creative leadership development program for middle and high school students in writing, visual arts, and community art practice hosted at Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago St, Madison, WI). These afterschool groups will cultivate life skills while encouraging youth to grow together as active artists. As a free program, we will prioritize accessibility and center the voices of youth most impacted by structural inequities in our community.
Through art programming that is informed by student interests, we promote inquiry and expression, positive self regard, critical thinking, skills to navigate life transitions, and a high value on social justice. ArtWrite will support young artists through quality arts education with professionally experienced artists, a social setting among peers with common interests, and the mutual trust that they are capable. Artists will learn through weekly prompts in the inspiring environment of the Arts + Literature Laboratory while working towards culminating projects to present to the public at the end of the semester.
Participating in this program has a lot of perks for youth! Youth teams will have access to a supplies fund that they control. Youth will develop public projects that could contribute to their resumes, portfolios, or applications, and that will mark their place as active artists in our community. We’ll all meet new friends and new mentors. We’ll have fun creating art together . . . and we’ll have snacks!
Groups will meet for an hour and a half for each of the 12 “early release” Mondays listed in the program schedule below. Students will create their own social agreement concerning attendance and other participation expectations; however, students should expect to attend the program weekly in order to contribute to individual and group projects—this isn’t a drop in program. There is limited space, so signing up sooner is better than later!
Youth ArtWrite Collective will run on Spring 2018 MMSD early release Mondays from January 22 – May 14: Jan 22, 29 // Feb 12, 19 // Mar 5, 19 // April 2, 9, 16, 30 // May 7, 14
2:00p-2:15p Middle school students begin to arrive
2:15p-3:45p All middle school groups meet
3:45p-4p Middle school students are departing and high school students begin to arrive
4p-5:30p All high school groups meet
Students can apply here to participate in the program. Students and families with a demonstrated need for access to this free program will be prioritized for enrollment.
Direct questions to [email protected]
or call ArtWrite at 608-620-5373
Madison’s You Are Beautiful mural is up at Art In (1444 East Washington)! Join us in celebrating the work of queer and trans artists at our community celebration on Sunday, August 6th at 1pm in front of the mural. We’ll have lemonade, face painting, game playing, art making, friendship, and magic waiting for you! Please RSVP on our Facebook event.
(Photo by Wendi Kent)
While this celebration is FREE and open to the public, The ArtWrite Collective will happily accept donations for future youth programming at this celebration. We are deep in the planning stages with organizing partners at the Arts + Literature Laboratory for new middle and high school programming in literary arts, visual arts, and community art practice beginning in January 2018! We would like this programming to be totally free for youth and families, and we need your help to make that happen. Contact us at [email protected] for details.
This mural was possible thanks to support from Madison Arts Commission, Awesome Foundation, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association, Wisconsin NOW, programs of UW-Madison, Artist & Craftsman Supply Madison, Ian’s Pizza Madison, Art In, and individual donors. Thanks to these sponsors, artists were paid for their labor, youth artists received art supply stipends for their own creative practice, all painting + installation supply costs were covered, and everyone was fed.
This mural is by queer and trans youth, mentors, and community members… and it’s for all of us! See you there!
Saturday, March 11, 2017 / 2-5p / Bubbler Room at Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the uneven gender participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
Let’s change that! Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to arts, feminism, gender studies, and LGBTQ issues. All are welcome who care about the representation of all genders in Wikipedia’s content and among its contributors.
We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and laptops. Bring your own laptop if you have one and any ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support, learn more about this project, and eat pizza with us.
Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
Sign in at our meetup (or we’ll help you do this at the event): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Madison/ArtAndFeminism_2017
For more information visit: artandfeminism.org
The Madison A+F Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is hosted by The ArtWrite Collective and Madison Public Library. Contact [email protected] with questions or to let us know that you’d like to volunteer at this event!
ArtWrite artists Wendi Kent and Alaura Seidl are still working with LGBTQ teens to contribute to public art in Madison, WI through the You Are Beautiful mural. Read more about the project in the Isthmus:
(Photo by Steven Potter)
Sign up for our next writing workshop series HERE!
Artists Rhea Ewing, Jay Ludden, and Alaura Seidl of the ArtWrite Collective are the artists-in-residence at the Bubbler of Madison Public Library this April and May 2016!
Through our Imagining Worlds residency, we’ll dream up and visualize healthy and just futures alongside library patrons. Through giant books, talking paintings, expressive food, and other experiments, we’ll overtake the Bubbler with visions for what a thriving world might look, smell, taste, sound, and feel like. We’ll need your help building our otherwordly installations!
Find our schedule of workshops and open studio hours here or drop in to the Bubbler at Madison’s central library to contribute to ongoing projects.
^Youth and adults from Teen Pride Arts (cohosted by GSAFE and ArtWrite Collective), local gender & sexuality alliance clubs, and open studio hours at the Bubbler have been contributing to a wall of mirror self portraits. We imagine a world where everyone is seen and safe.
^Artist Jay Ludden set up an interactive display on the TV at the Bubbler room. Go walk in front of it and join our playful world!
^Folks from all over town are writing and drawing about their ideas for the perfect world. Add your ideas to the wall!
^We imagine a world where everyone is allowed to take up space. Drop in and get your self portrait up on the Bubbler window (through friendship and magic)!
^A Bubbler visitor helped us install art pieces in the hall across from the Bubbler for the youth homelessness campaign project that we’ve been working on. These small art pieces were made by teens all over town to share messages of hope and compassion for folks experiencing housing insecurity. Some folks shared their personal experiences of camping out, staying with strangers, couch surfing. Drop in to the Bubbler room to see the companion piece, a traveling mural, in progress. Keep an eye out for the campaign to officially launch!