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MSAC In the Media


Make Music Madison 2022

Check out this piece from Channel 3000 featuring 2 MSAC Music Instructors: Harmonica Instructor DeWayne Keyes and Guitar Instructor Chris Allen.


2022 Women to Watch:
Carey Zawlocki The Compassionate Creative

Ten years ago, BRAVA Magazine honored its first class of Women to Watch, and every year since, we have celebrated exemplary women who have chosen to lead with purpose. In total, we’ve honored 207 Women to Watch! All of these women have excelled in their fields, ranging from the arts to nonprofits to business, and founded programs and companies that benefit our community.

This year's group includes MSAC Director, Carey Zawlocki.



Little Books Big Project

A Dane County arts group prints artwork and writing from underrepresented communities.

Rachel Werner oversees a Dane County-based community arts endeavor with a big mission and a small name. The Little Book Project WI publishes work from artists and writers from underrepresented communities who don’t have master of fine arts degrees or the expendable income to enter their work in contests.


The theme of edition 4, published in November and sponsored by the Monroe Street Arts Center, is “Community.” This edition features work submitted by young writers and artists age 19 and under. 


Community scholarship combats high cost of music education for underserved students.

Program funds instruments, lessons, and other expenses, which can prove costly barriers.


“There’s lots of research out there that supports the fact that music education enhances the whole child rather than specific academics, but it also raises their standardized test scores and other aspects of the education and academic achievement outside of music,” Zawlocki said.


“With no snow, winter art camp draws on imagination”

“I like doing the art here because I’m a real artist,” said MSAC second grader, Collin. Thank you to Pam Cotant and the Wisconsin State Journal for this beautiful story. We can’t wait to keep making art with you in the new year. Click the button for the full story.


Painting with Easels Art Camp

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Monroe Street Arts Center to put off a grand opening for its new location. But perhaps the greatest celebration of the space is actually using it.”



Gratitude Art Kit funds donated to Food for Thought

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Paint, stickers, glue sticks, and glitter are helping families find a creative outlet during the COVID-19 pandemic, while helping those who are struggling with hunger in Southwestern Wisconsin.


The Monroe Street Arts Center in Madison created Gratitude Kits ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday with 25-percent of the proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s Food for Thought program.


“We know that creativity is a just a really great way for people to come together as a family and for them to experience something that is therapeutic in a way, and allows them to focus on things they are really grateful for right now,” says Carey Zawlocki, Director of Monroe Street Arts Center.


Monroe Street Arts Center ‘breaks ground’ on new space in February

“For the Monroe Street Arts Center, a short move up the street will offer a world of new opportunities in 2020.”


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