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Madison’s Arts Future: A Mayoral Candidate Forum
January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Candidates in Madison’s 2019 mayoral primary will discuss their proposals for supporting arts and culture in a January 16 forum at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue. The event, “Madison’s Arts Future: A Mayoral Candidate Forum on the Arts, Culture and Creativity,” runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is organized by Arts + Literature Laboratory and Tone Madison.
The arts play an essential role in Madison’s identity, in the quality of Madisonians’ lives, and in the local economy. Arts and culture nonprofits in Dane County provide $249.9 million in economic activity, according to a 2017 data analysis by Americans for the Arts. At the same time, Madison faces challenges in maintaining its role as a cultural center, providing adequate space for arts and music, and ensuring that creative people can afford to live in the city. That makes the arts an important part of the conversation when it comes to choosing Madison’s elected leaders.
“Madison’s Arts Future” is the only event during the course of the campaign that will focus exclusively on policy matters that impact the arts. Questions will touch on issues ranging from city-funded grants and initiatives to the need for more creative spaces in Madison.
Katie Hutchinson, co-host of WORT-FM’s Another Green World radio show and a Tone Madison contributor, and Brian Standing, host of WORT’s Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz talk program, will moderate the forum.
Free and open to the public. ADDITIONAL PARKING available at United Way and Kennedy Place.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Schenk Atwood Starkweather Yahara Neighborhood Association, Chazen Museum of Art, Forward Theater Co., Bare Knuckle Arts, Fermat’s Last Theater Co., Lex Poppens, and Grant Samuelsen Real Estate.