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Wisconsin Arts Exchange


The Wisconsin DPI Arts & Creativity is excited to provide the “Arts Exchange” as a resource to arts educators. On this page you will find arts organizations, both state agencies and non-profits, who have programs and opportunities that extend, enhance, and enrich arts learning.

Participating arts organizations will create two minute (or less) videos that introduce their organization and the opportunities that exist for arts education and students. The videos will be shared via the monthly Wisconsin DPI Arts & Creativity Newsletter as well as archived here. Organizations will continue to be added so check back often! 

**Note - The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or ability.  Links to third-party websites do not constitute an endorsement by DPI of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of the sites.

Folklore Village

Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center dedicated to enriching lives through time-honored traditions. For over 50 years, Folklore Village has been the choice for presenting and maintaining the traditional arts. Thousands of people of all ages have come to Folklore Village to gather with friends, meet new people, to eat, dance, sing and play. Come study with a master fiddler… sing with a gospel choir… dance until midnight… learn to make a basket… feast on jambalaya… join a back porch jam session… plant prairie flowers… or picture yourself as a student in a real 1890 schoolhouse… pass it on. 
Location: CESA 3
Address: 3210 County Road BB, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Contact Name(s): Terri Van Orman and Kelli Emerson
Phone: (608) 924-4000

Latino Arts

The mission of Latino Arts is: • To strengthen and preserve the cultural heritage of the diverse Hispanic community in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. • To increase cultural awareness and diversity by offering performances, exhibits, and education in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, and literature to the greater Milwaukee community.
Location: CESA 1
Address: 1028 S 9th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Contact Name(s): Amanda Lent and Jacobo Lovo
Phone: 414-389-4731
Social Media: FB: /latinoartsinc

PBS Wisconsin Education

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Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin is a collection of educational media resources for general music programs serving grades 4-8 that explores the connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. PBS Wisconsin Education, in collaboration with Wisconsin School Music Association introduce educators and learners to Wisconsin musicians from distinct cultural groups through a musical composition and videos discussing their art, culture, and identity.
Location: CESA 2
Address: 821 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706
Contact Name(s): Jen Kobylecky, Associate Director for Education Engagement, PBS Wisconsin
Phone: (608) 265-8071

American Players Theatre

APT is a professional theater located just outside Spring Green, Wisconsin. Situated on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows, APT has two theaters, the newly renovated 1075-seat outdoor amphitheater and the 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. From June through November, APT produces nine plays in rotating repertory. With annual attendance of around 100,000, APT ranks as the country’s second largest outdoor theater devoted to the classics. APT’s educational programming inspires students to revel in words. We serve over 10,000 students annually with a variety of programs, both on the APT campus and in the classroom. Our programs support educators with tools and techniques to foster students' exploration of - and delight in - language.
Location: CESA 2
Address: 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green, WI 53588
Contact Name(s): Erin Milleville, Education Coordinator and Marketing Assistant
David Daniel, Director of Education
Sara Young, Managing Director
Phone: 608-588-0355
Social Media: Facebook: American Players Theatre
Instagram: @americanplayers

Prairie Music & Arts

Prairie Music & Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization representing the richness of the urban and rural communities of Sun Prairie and greater Dane County. Starting in 1999, PMA has since grown to offer a broad range of arts education throughout the area, prioritizing accessibility to make a difference in the lives of children and positively impact the community.
Location: CESA 2
Address: 125 West Kohler Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Contact Name(s): Kari Walton
Phone: 608-217-2942

Children's Theater of Madison (CTM)

CTM's mission is to spark imagination and build community through the creation and experience of theater. Our core values are Inclusion, Collaboration, Learning, and Joy. As a Theater for Young Audiences company, we strive to put stories on stage where audiences can see themselves represented. Our student matinees engage student learning both in and outside of the classroom. In our year-round Educational Programs, our goal is to develop a sense of pride in accomplishment, community building, and creative problem-solving skills. CTM offers Young Playwrights, an in-school residency program which culminates in a festival showcasing new plays written by youth.
Location: CESA 2
Address: 1055 East Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703
Contact Name(s): Erica Berman Thompson, Director and Education &. Community Engagement
Phone: 608-255-2080

Ex Fabula

Ex Fabula, which is Latin for “from stories”, presents storytelling workshops, StorySlams and Community Collaborations where people listen to each other, feel heard, and grow in empathy and understanding. The art of storytelling reveals our shared humanity while also acknowledging that each person’s journey is unique. We can learn a lot from listening to the life experiences of those who are different from us. Each tale of struggle, triumph, and discovery reveals who we are now, and who we hope to become.
Location: CESA 1
Address: 206 E Smith St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Contact Name(s): JJ Draper- Youth Engagement Specialist
Phone: (414) 530-3503
Social Media: Facebook: Ex Fabula Instagram: @exfabula

Wisconsin Destination Imagination, Inc.

Wisconsin Destination Imagination’s mission is to provide platforms that inspire and equip the Wisconsin community of lifelong learners to utilize distinct and diverse approaches in learning 21st Century life skills, the creative process, and vital skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). We accomplish this by facilitating the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience, an enriching after-school program where youth are exposed to hands-on creative problem solving and build teamwork skills.
Location: CESA 1
Address: N112W16298 Mequon Rd, Unit 136, Germantown, WI 53022
Contact Name(s): Anne Coulling, Growth & Promotion Chair
Phone: 262-501-8153

Pink Umbrella Theater Co.


Pink Umbrella Theater Company is dedicated to providing a platform to amplify the voices of Disabled Artists ages four through adult. As we continue to grow, we are eager to listen and respond to our community in real time and make sure needs are met to create a space that remains safe, so the best of ourselves can be brought to the classroom and stage.
Location: CESA 1
Address: PO Box 342911 Milwaukee, WI 53234
Contact Name(s): Rebekah Farr, Program Coordinator
Phone: 414-522-9081
Social Media: Inst: @pinkumbrellatheaterco, Facebook: Pink Umbrella Theater Company