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Wisconsin Arts Board, economic engine

If you thought the arts were struggling before, just wait. Once Gov. Scott Walker's budget is adopted, Madison arts organizations could see state aid cut by as much as $542,000. The actual impact could run to well more than $1 million. >More
 Arts Beat: New Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit to open

Badger creativity from Les Paul to Betty Boop will be celebrated at the Wisconsin Historical Museum this fall. "Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected," a major new exhibition, will debut Sept. 17. >More
 Viva light at Neon Lab

Everybody loves neon signs, right? Those colorful symbols of allure that beckon us to bars and restaurants. Turns out people love neon the way they love typewriters and film cameras and vinyl LPs. Neon is fading as a technology -- and as a craft. Tom Zickuhr wants to make sure that in this corner of the world, at least, that doesn't happen. >More
 Savion Glover, Terence Blanchard highlight Wisconsin Union Theater's 2011-12 season

In its final season before a two-year renovation disperses its performances to other locations, the Wisconsin Union Theater's 2011-12 schedule is piquant enough to excite a salivary response. >More
 A survey identifies Madison's urgent cultural needs

Artists and other cultural workers in Madison tend to be less white, feel alone, and be self-employed. 40% of them earn less than a living wage. Understandably, some of them are even a little bitter, with 19% reporting that community response to their work is "unsatisfactory." >More
 Overture Center announces 2011-12 season

In announcing its 2011-12 season Wednesday evening, Overture Center for the Arts inspires an abundance of first impressions and second thoughts. >More
 Madison arts stories that blew up big

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 This is what creativity looks like: Portrait of a Protest by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Inspired by the ubiquitous chorus and beat of "This is what democracy looks like!" at the Wisconsin Capitol protests over the last six-plus weeks, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki set up an impromptu studio on the sidewalk along the Square and shot portraits of demonstrators passing by; he subsequently compiled this lens-assisted look at democracy "in the form of faces, signs, buttons, and hard hats" into a four-minute video slideshow. >More
 David Maraniss' book They Marched Into Sunlight inspires UW Dance program

"In Madison, once again, we live in interesting times." Thus begins David Maraniss' keynote, "Into Sunlight: The Connections of War and Peace from Vietnam to Afghanistan, from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, from a Book to a Dance." Scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Wisconsin Union Theater, the Pulitzer laureate's address provides context for this weekend's Sunlight Project & Symposium. >More
 Overture groups plan a more active role in the arts center's management

Richard Mackie remembers that when Overture Center for the Arts was being built in 2004, representatives from the various arts groups that planned to use the building would meet regularly. There was a flair to the meetings, as you'd expect with lovers of the fine arts. "We'd have wine and cheese," says Mackie, executive director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. "The Symphony was there, the Opera, the Children's Theater. We were just talking about the opportunities of the new facilities. We wanted to speak in a unified voice about our aspirations in the new hall." >More
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