Madison places a lot of emphasis on buying local, and this is very evident in both restaurants' and the public's enthusiasm for buying locally sourced food and regional microbrews. People and restaurants are more than willing to pay extra money to have food or beer that is of a higher quality, made locally, and that supports a fair wage.
I would love to see that same enthusiasm among restaurants, hotels, and the public for purchasing local artwork, furniture, and ceramics. Just as it is unacceptable now for a restaurant to serve only, say, Miller Lite and Bud Light on tap, I would love to see that same public pressure against furniture from Scandinavia and walls adorned with mirrors.
“For the commission pieces, people who are going to be spending $10,000 on a piece of art want to make sure you know how to work with subcontractors and can get it done on time and on budget,” Westfall said.
Westfall has gotten commissions through Dane Arts Buy Local, including one from the software company WIDEN to make a rendering of the Milwaukee skyline in glass, metal and willow branches.
Mark Fraire, Director of Cultural Affairs for Dane Arts, emphasized the value of supporting the art and culture industry in Dane County. In 2015, the industry generated $249.9 million in economic activity for the region, Fraire said.
Thursday is the annual Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market event at the U.S. Bank building downtown. Thirty-two artists were selected as vendors and there will be a panel discussion with five local leaders from the music industry talking about the importance of the relationship that is the event's theme: "The Art of Business and the Business of Art."
Enjoy an evening of artistic merriment at the 2017 Dane Arts/Buy Local Night Market. The annual event curated by Dane Arts provides painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers a venue to directly connect with patrons and show off their talent to the city at large. This year’s event features dozens of local artists, including Jenie Gao, Christy Grace, Helen Klebesadel and Barbara Westfall. Come ready to shop, mingle and embrace Madison’s thriving arts scene. Oct. 12. US Bank, Downtown Madison.
The panel discussion “The Art of Business and the Business of Art” will focus on the growing local music industry. Panelists for the event will include Larry Frank from Frank Productions, Cathy Dethmers-O’Brien formerly from Hi-Noon Saloon, Grammy winning drummer Joey Banks, recording artist Zhalarina Saunders from the JVN Project, and Beth Kille from the MAMAs and the Beth Kille band.
Dane Arts will be offering classes every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in September for artists looking to increase their business skills. The classes coincide with training offered to artist selected to participate in the Dane Arts By Local Night Market on October 13th.
“Art on a mission” might be a cliché, but Mark Fraire makes it fresh and relevant...Several new initiatives involve reaching out to the community. One program connects patrons and businesses with local artists, building on the “buy local” movement.
It’s like a craft fair, an arts fair on the square only we took it to a night time location with music and dance and a DJ, food and drink and visual artists. And we invited all businesses we could contact to come to this directly for the purpose of buying art from local artists. We have ‘Buy Local Farming’ and ‘Buy Local Products.’ I say ‘Buy Local Art.’
With arts providing at least $145 million to Dane County annually, partnership aims to cultivate budding potential of local creators.