Yorel Lashley teaching pruning the arts integration symposium

Arts Integration Symposium

Drum power stage

Drum Power

FauHaus workshop


Performing Ourselves

Performing Ourselves

Whoopensocker performance


UW Community Arts Collaboratory

Empowering Youth as Art Makers

We provide art-making opportunities for youth to cultivate wellness and advocate for social change. Our vision is that Wisconsin youth will see themselves as learners through art-making.

This work is built upon two core beliefs:

  1. The arts have the power to engage youth in learning as agents of creativity, intellect, and self-efficacy.
  2. Engaged students, empowered teachers, and art making can improve well-being and change communities.

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June 2020

Whoop It Up At Home! (Online)

June 2 @ 7:00 pm CDT - 8:30 pm CDT
Young Whoopensocker writers happily watch the teaching artists perform skit written by students.

Join us for the Whoopensocker Celebration of Authors Show highlighting the creativity of third and fourth graders from elementary schools across Madison!

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Performing Ourselves Watch Party 2018 Showcase: Better Together (Online)

June 16 @ 7:00 pm CDT - 8:30 pm CDT
Performing Ourselves Watch Party 2018 Showcase: Better Together

Performing Ourselves, a dance outreach program for youth, is proud to host a watch party of Better Together, our 2018 Showcase! Featuring 100 youth from nine different school and community center groups—you won’t want to miss…

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Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Madison
Madison Arts Education Roundtable
Wisconsin Partners in Arts Education
Madison’s Youth Arts Center

Elementary Schools

Henry David Thoreau
Glenn Stephens
Aldo Leopold
Orchard Ridge
Madison Community Montessori School

Community Centers

Middleton Youth Center
Packers Community Learning Center
Northport Community Learning Center
Lussier Community Education Center
Allied Drive Learning Center
Elver Park Neighborhood Center
Goodman Community Center
East Madison Community Center
Vera Court Neighborhood Center

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The UW Community Arts Collaboratory is dedicated to bringing the arts to under resourced and low-income communities. Connect with us if you would like us to bring one of our programs to your community.