Madison Public Library endowment funds supported a variety of art programs in 2023 that sparked creativity in library users and fulfilled the foundation’s vision of expanding its commitment to literacy in all forms.

At Lakeview and Hawthorne libraries, endowment funds supported Art for Little Ones programming, a program led by local artist Amy Mietzel that incorporated hands-on art activities inspired by storytime books for children ages 2 to 5.

At Goodman South Madison Library, endowment funds also supported the Weekly Art Club program for families to explore creative, new art forms and projects facilitated by guest Bubbler artists and the youth service librarian. Alicia Ashman Library also dedicated endowment funds toward its Bubbler in the Neighborhood art program — creative learning projects led by a professional arts educator and artist all summer long.

To display works for its art program with artist Alhaitham Jassar, Meadowridge Library used part of its endowment funds to purchase art hangers. Finally, Monroe Street Library bought a button-making machine and supplies, other arts and crafts supplies, and an extra folding table to support programming for its popular Saturday Art Programs.

Designed to meet financial needs for a more prosperous future, endowment funds help support Madison Public Libraries as they strive to meet the needs of its changing and growing community. Consider contributing to an existing endowment fund and learning more by visiting our Endowment Funds page.