Editorial: Supporting youth arts

Read and see Neil Heinen’s editorial highlighting the Madison Community Foundation and Evjue Foudation’s support. 

New youth arts center expected to open in Madison next year

See the story and read the article on Channel 3000. 

Imagination and the Arts

Read this blog post by Madison Community Foundation’s Tom Linfield. 

Space to Grow

Read this article from the Isthmus about how the Madison Youth Arts Center hopes to increase access

"Let's Give Them a Place"

Behind a loyal regional donor’s big gift for the arts. An article from Inside Philanthrophy

Editorial: A Home for Young Artists

See WISC-TV’s Editorial Director, Neil Heinen discuss Pleasant Rowland’s incredible gift. 

New Youth Arts Center Gets $20M Gift From Pleasant Rowland

Read the Madison365 article about our projet and the amazing legacy gift. 

"American Girl" Creator Commits $20M to Youth Arts Center

Read about the project in Philanthropy Digest

Madison Youth Arts Center gets $20M gift from Pleasant Rowland

Read Gayle Worland’s article about the project and gift

Press Release

Legacy gift propels new Youth Arts Center

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Welcome to this exciting space that will nurture young people’s curiosity, bring together youth from diverse backgrounds, and create community through artistic expression. We’re excited to continue sharing information about this project as it progresses and we look forward to inviting the entire community to be involved. Check back often for updates and ways you can support this monumental project.  


Our mission: 

Ensure opportunities for young people to express themselves, discover the arts, and create
connections. Serve as home for the Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Youth Choirs.
Our vision:
By 2025, the Madison Youth Arts Center will be recognized and valued as a vibrant community space. Youth from all backgrounds will explore, create, and connect through an array of impactful arts programming that evolves with the mission of those who call the center home. 
Our values: 
•Discovery – We celebrate activities that nurture young people’s curiosity, bring together
youth from diverse backgrounds ands create community through the exchange of ideas.
• Inclusion – We welcome all young people to experience the arts and we strive to foster a
sense of belonging among all involved. 
• Collaboration – We pursue connections that create shared experiences, cultivate insight, and inspire growth. 



Located at the corner of East Mifflin and North Ingersoll, across the street from Lapham Elementary, the building includes 15 studio/rehearsal spaces ranging in size from 550 to 2000 square feet, a flexible performance space that will seat about 120, a theater with about 300 fixed seats, a scene and production shop, costume shop and storage, and office space. 



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There are no current job openings related to this project. When job openings occur, they will be posted here. 


For more information, please contact us.