Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Monday, January 10, 2011
Contact Info: 

Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
608.257.0158 x 227 or 

Dora E. Zúñiga, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, Inc.
608.661.4370 or 

Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 
Announces Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

January 22 through May 8, 2011

MADISON, WI – As part of its continuing outreach efforts, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) has joined forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, Inc. (BBBS) to bring new audiences to the museum.

As part of the partnership initiative, BBBS mentors and their younger companions have been invited to the opening reception of Shinique Smith: Menagerie, a major exhibition opening on the evening of January 21. The exhibition is the artist’s first large-scale museum exhibition and will showcase her work with almost fifty installations, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper. BBBS participants will attend the opening reception as guests of the museum.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, BBBS helps children realize their potential and build their futures.

Regarding the agency’s new partnership with MMoCA, Dora Zúñiga, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, said, “Our mentors focus on introducing their mentees to a broad range of venues and activities. The arts are critical for children to reach their full potential, and MMoCA is the perfect place for our mentees to engage with art. We’re delighted to partner with MMoCA!”

According to MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, the partnership with BBBS supports the museum’s mission of providing the community with opportunities for direct experience with works of art. MMoCA’s outreach programs on behalf of area youth also include a School Tour Program, which supports bus transportation and substitute teachers for field trips to the museum; and ArtZone, an after-school art program for kids from neighborhood and community centers. “All of these programs enrich the lives of young people throughout our community,” Fleischman said.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County,

For more information about the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, visit


Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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