About Us

Respect. Engage. Include.


The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, with its programs also known as Dane Arts, is composed of 11 individuals (10 citizens + 1 County Board Supervisor) appointed by the County Executive. It directs a small agency within Dane County government (located in the Madison region of south-central Wisconsin) focused upon supporting arts, culture and local history.

The Commission and Dane Arts are well-known for sustaining a successful grant program, a public mural project, a buy local night market event, art posters and art calendars showcasing Dane County's cultural and historical life, supporting the dynamic local creative sector, and nurturing community collaborations. Dane Arts is leading the effort to show the economic impact and community power of the arts in education, community engagement, cultural inclusion and achieveing and supporting art of the highest calibre.

Established in 1976, the Commission celebrates an impressive legacy of community service spanning well over 4 decades.



MLK Day Performance at UW Madison Gordon Commons

MLK Day Performance at UW Madison Gordon Commons