We are so proud of the ground up approach to the arts movement with many artists and creative community members taking leadership roles, filling board positions, and volunteer commitments. How we started. . . beginning with the 2012 Feed the Arts, an organized community conversation brought 55 people, mostly artists together for a retreat. Feed the Arts began the discussion and asked several key questions about the need for arts in our community. There was a clear conclusion to Feed the Arts-to develop an arts council. Feed the Arts started the conversation and the Blue Sky team continued the discussion–the Blue Sky team met weekly for months to dream–this team, made up of 11 artists from all art forms, along with a facilitator and a leader–started the Madison Area Arts Alliance. Attendance at Indiana Arts Commission’s “Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts” at Hanover College, fueled the fire and here we are!
Since late 2013, Madison Area Arts Alliance, a grass-roots 501 ( c) 3 non-profit organization, facilitated by Bill Barnes of the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County and led by artist, Bob Saueressig and a collection of 10 additional artists, have worked hard to build a new arts advocacy organization. Madison Area Arts Alliance (MAAA) has participated in the Indiana Arts Commission’s Community Consultancy Planning Program and partnered with the City of Madison and visitmadison, Inc. to secure Madison’s designation as an official Indiana Cultural District
A special Thank you to the Community Foundation of Madison, Jefferson County Indiana for the on-going support for the Madison Area Arts Alliance. The guidance and support of the staff and the office space is simply amazing! The ‘safe’ room has been a great place to incubate this organization. Thank you!
The Alliance is growing!–We have many artists, art supporter, business, and industry financially supporting our efforts. Madison Area Arts Alliance is building a strong voice to nurture, inform and promote the importance of our creative community as an economic generator. MAAA works to bridge business with the arts–forging new partnerships and encouraging new discussions about our amazing creative community–won’t you join us!
Building, inspiring, and nurturing a sustainable arts movement in the Madison, Indiana area!
To interact with all artists, civic and art organizations–acting as an advocate for arts of all art forms in the Madison area.
The Madison Area Arts Alliance is working to inspire, and nurture a sustainable arts movement. MAAA will collaborate with artists and creative organizations to:
- Promote the Madison area as an arts and creative destination.
- Be an advocate for the area arts and creative communities.
- Share resource opportunities with Everyone!
- Peer-to-peer networking.
- Provide entrepreneurial and/or business assistance.
- Coordinate a calendar of arts events and assist with advertising for these events.
- Maintain a website and utilize social media for the promotion and marketing of the arts in he Madison area.
- Develop educational programs for artists and the public.
- Inspire a collaborative atmosphere between all creative individuals and organizations in the Madison Area.
Madison Area Arts Alliance-founded November 19, 2013