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Community Arts Access

Overture Center for the Arts is committed to supporting area non-profit organizations that present community performances and events that develop audiences for the arts through high quality outreach and programming. Through the Community Arts Access program, Overture provides rental and equipment subsidies as well as professional advice from Overture staff.

To receive Community Arts Access support, proposed events must address aspects of our mission and strategic plan that Overture feels are under addressed or better served through community partnerships.



These priorities are:

  • Build relationships with local ethnic communities 
  • Connect Overture to existing community cultural events 
  • Leverage the strength of UW programs while building Overture affinity in the UW community 
  • Provide programming opportunities for senior audiences
  • Provide relevant experiences for young professionals
  • Play a role in success of relevant downtown and State Street projects
  • Position and elevate community events, through presentation in quality venues, particularly those that are free and have low cost 


Programs and projects supported for the 2013/14 season include:


UW-Madison Center for First Year Experience
A Night at Overture  
FRI, AUG 30   |  Entire Building


Remember Me: Jazz Genius Mary Lou Williams in Poetry by Fabu
FRI, OCT 11, 7 PM  |  Promenade Hall


Step Africa, UW Multicultural Center


Wisconsin Book Festival
THU, OCT 17 - SUN, OCT 20  |  Various Venues


No Child
THU-SAT, JAN 9-11  |  Promenade Hall


Buffalo Soldiers, "The Legacy", KOJO Productions LLC
WED, MAY 21 & THU, MAY 22   |  The Playhouse


Opera for the Young
SAT, MAY 31 |  The Playhouse





Learn more

Get the support your event needs. Learn more about the Community Arts Access guidelines and criteria, including submission guidelines, deadlines and Overture’s application review criteria. 

Download the Community Arts Access application form here




University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for First Year Experience's Wisconsin Welcome for First Year Students
FRI, SEP 2, 2012





This program is supported in part by contributions from generous donors. Learn how you can be part of supporting Overture’s community and education programs by clicking here