- Topics may include: Projects versus operational budget requests, funding free projects
only for equal accessibility, engaging calendar and poster artists, implementing a
separate review process for individual artists and organizations, implementing a separate
cycle for new applications, holding separate reviews for large organizational budgets and
smaller organizations, establishing a collaborative project with Madison Arts Commission
to foster synergy between the city and county.
- Vice Chair Morgan indicated that most of the topics would require a major revision of the
grant application process, that panelists strive to create a level playing field when scoring
applications, and that they address these issues when reviewing applications.
- Chair Ritcherson suggested reviewing these ideas with panelists and organizations for
feedback prior to taking any action.
- To clarify, some organizations applying to project grants do not produce projects, but an
entire season in which Dane Arts funds may go toward partial operational expenses.
- A discussion around Dane Arts funding free performances took place including
accessibility and barriers to free performances, as well as financial feasibility for
organizations. Barriers to accessibility may extend beyond ticket price to promotion and
community engagement. Concern was expressed that the term “free” undervalues the art.
- Commissioner Klehr suggested immediately addressing the Calendar and Poster Call
- It was determined that the May Commission meeting topics will include 2023 Poster and
Calendar outreach and eligibility, and discussing separation between Individual Artists
- Commissioners are encouraged to send individual artists for Dane Arts Staff to reach
out to with the Poster and Calendar call.
E. Commission Vacancies/Prospects
- Supervisor Chawla has requested to be appointed to the Dane Arts Commission again
and confirmation should arrive soon.
- Chair Ritcherson and Executive Director Fraire will meet with a new commissioner
- Other commissioner prospects with desired expertise include marketing, technical/data,
literary and philanthropy.
- Commissioner Cavazos and Vice Chair Morgan will be stepping down from the Dane
Arts Commission in June, 2022.
2. Commission policy handbook
- When a seat is vacated before the term is completed, an incoming Commissioner for
that seat will fill the remaining term of that seat.