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NEA Grant & Stacked help Madisonians “Meet their Makers”

As part of its Our Town grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the City of Madison $25,000 to support “Bubbler” programming, Madison Public Library’s maker programming based out of The Bubbler room in Central Library. To double the impact of this grant, the foundation has committed to match this gift, dollar for dollar, raising $25,000 in private funds over the next year.

These funds will help the library offset staffing, promotional, and supply costs for the various “makers” who will take up residence in the brand new 75-person program space, now dubbed “The Bubbler Room.” Designed to host how-to programs - even after library hours - from screen printing to home-brewing, the maker-space is equipped with running water, video screen technology, and a magnetic marker board that covers an entire wall.

While bubbler workshops have already proven successful in branch libraries, the Bubbler programming model officially launches with the opening of Central Library.

“Through Bubbler programming, we’re encouraging creation through the sharing of ideas and resources,” says program coordinator Trent Miller. “Having a physical space like this that invites people in will really allow us to engage the community in a way we haven’t before.”

The public will get their first opportunity to “meet their makers” at Stacked, a fundraiser inspired by the Bookless event held when Central Library closed in early 2012. Stacked will feature art, live music, DJs, food, and drink. Stacked will feature art, live music, DJs, food, and drink. Get your tickets online now at

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