Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Monday, May 2, 2016
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Art Cart Starts Rolling Again in June

Art Cart Starts Rolling Again in June

MADISON, WI— Art Cart is Rolling Again! For four decades, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) and the Madison School & Community Recreation have provided free hands-on art experiences to thousands of children in Madison through the Art Cart program. This summer Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! will travel to over 50 different outdoor locations across Dane County, including two new locations in Madison, Cyprus Spray Park and Belmar Hills Park. With expert instruction and a relaxed approach, the program offers children and families a variety of opportunities for creative expression at area parks, playgrounds, and beaches.

Art Cart projects provide children with sophisticated and inspired activities in an accessible, engaging, and fun environment. A variety of materials and creative processes are offered for participants to explore. Past projects include relief printmaking, art journals, and found-object sculptures.

“We bring modern and contemporary art together with people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education at MMoCA. “Works of art on view in MMoCA’s summer exhibitions are the inspiration for many of the art activities presented at Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! The Art Cart teachers help children see the connections between their own artwork and the ideas that other artists have explored. This summer, an area of emphasis will be Nature, as inspired by artwork in the exhibition, Our Good Earth and consideration of our relationship to and responsibility toward the Earth.”

Art Cart occurs weekdays from June 16 through August 11. Art Cart is a partnership of MMoCA and Madison School & Community Recreation.

Art Cart EXTRA!  expands the Art Cart program by making visits on Saturdays throughout the summer (June 18 & 25, July 9, 16 & 23, and August 6). Art Cart EXTRA! travels to twelve Dane County communities outside Madison including Black Earth, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, Deforest, Fitchburg, Monona, McFarland, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. Art Cart EXTRA! is a program of MMoCA.

Both programs offer projects for children ages three and above. A schedule and map are available online at mmoca.org; under Programs and Events/Children’s Programs. Participation in Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! is free. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Families may participate without pre-registration; however, organized summer camps and other childcare programs in Madison must pre-register by calling 608.204.3021.

Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are generously supported by the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, American Family Insurance, The Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, and TDS. 

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