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75th Anniversary Grant #3: Capitol Century

Madison Children's Museum receives a 75th anniversary grant for programs that celebrate the state Capitol.

2017 marked the 100th anniversary of one of Madison's most unique and loved assets—the Wisconsin State Capitol.

MCF recognized the occasion with three grants totaling $69,140 to support projects celebrating the Capitol's history and legacy in a variety of ways.

  • The first grant sponsored Concerts on the Square’s July 26 concert, “Summer Thriller.”
  • The second grant funded a variety of programming at Madison Children’s Museum, including a LEGO re-creation of the Capitol building, a gingerbread Capitol, a textiles art exhibit of Capitol-inspired crafts, and more.
  • The third grant supported an art exhibition at Overture Center featuring new work inspired by the Capitol. One of the works, "Being Forward," inspired two women artists to launch a fundraising campaign to build an endowment at Madison Community Foundation to support emerging and established women artists.

    Read the Wisconsin State Journal article on the project:"Fund created to move women artists forward."

Learn more about each of the Capitol Century grants:


Concerts on the Square: "Summer Thriller"

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra received a 75th anniversary grant for its fifth Concert on the Square in 2017.

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has produced more than 200 concerts at the state Capitol since 1983. A treasured community event and summertime favorite, Concerts on the Square is supported by area civic and business organizations that understand and value the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant communities. Madison Community Foundation was thrilled to sponsor the fifth Concert on the Square of 2017: “Summer Thriller.”

Madison Children's Museum: Birthday & Building Bonanza

Madison Children's Museum's grant funded 5 pop-up exhibits, including a gingerbread Capitol created by local hackerspace Sector67.

Madison Children’s Museum created a series of exhibits, programs, events and opportunities for children, families and adults to celebrate MCF’s 75th anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the state Capitol, and the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright—all in 2017. Museum activities focused on architecture, design, creativity and invention with five pop-up exhibits: a LEGO version of the Wisconsin State Capitol, which will travel to local community centers, a giant cardboard and paper plate Capitol, an exhibit of small Capitols by 14 local artists, a lit-up Capitol “fort” on the museum’s rooftop, and a lighted gingerbread Capitol. 

Overture Center for the Arts : "The Capitol at 100, Madison Artists Celebrate the Centennial"

"Wisconsin Moving Forward” by John Miller was featured at Overture Center’s Playhouse Gallery as part of the exhibit “The Capitol at 100.” 

This exciting exhibition, at Playhouse Gallery November 4 through January 14, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Fifteen artists created new work that responds to the history, architecture, or cultural symbolism of the Capitol building and surrounding grounds. Done in a variety of media, the artworks ranged from richly detailed examinations of the building’s architecture and ornament to personal interpretations of the political and cultural history of the Capitol.


"Several artists struggled to separate their feelings about the building from the activities currently going on inside it. Recent political history became the focus of their work, while others looked back to Wisconsin’s progressive era. For most, the building’s architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts were a primary source of inspiration.”

– Martha Glowacki, Exhibit Curator, Overture Galleries

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