MMoCA Anniversaries Celebration

10 Years in the Iconic State Street Building and 115 Years Serving Madison!

2016 marks the 115th anniversary of MMoCA's founding in 1901 and the 10th year in its Cesar Pelli-designed facility, which was the gift of Jerome Frautschi. The weekend-long celebration will include a special MMoCA Nights reception, tours, and family activities.


To celebrate MMoCA's anniversaries, poets from across Wisconsin were invited to submit works that animate, celebrate, and deliberate on the value of the arts. Sara Sadie Busse and Wendy Vardaman, proprietors of Cowfeather Press and Madison's fourth Poets Laureate, selected the 55 poems included in Poetry Speaks from more than 120 submissions. The complete collection is available here and on a video monitor in the museum's lobby. Audio recordings of several poets reciting their works can be heard below, and as their poems appear on the video screen.