In 1996, the Bayview International Center for Education and the Arts initiated a weekly visual arts class. Our multidisciplinary Artsbridge program evolved from this modest beginning. Artsbridge provides cultural enrichment with active educational components for youth living in rural areas as well as regular arts-based programming for adults with disabilities residing in the Triangle Neighborhood. All activities are free of charge for participants who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities.
This neighborhood beautification project is comprised of permanent mosaic art installations created by residents, colorful sidewalks and a wheelchair path. A competitive grant process generated ideas and design elements from the entire community; A.MAZE.ING.SPACE received city funds needed for construction.
Professional dancers, actors and musicians provide interactive performance workshops on a consultant basis. Visiting artists’ residencies vary from one day to several weeks and integrate with visual arts. Individual expressions alternate with large group projects. In other words, we learn about ourselves and the world through art.
Bayview youth make cards, handmade gifts and holiday decorations for their neighbors with disabilities and mount joint art exhibits at the Bayview Community Center in order to showcase both their won and their neighbors talents; adults make “fieldtrips” accompanied by an attendant or neighborhood resource staff member to see their art and to enjoy a “coffee hour.” Young people are providing something special. They receive appreciation, they are rewarded and they feel good about their role in the community.
Bayview Seniors Lunch and Bingo
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Sponsored by the South Madison Coalition for the Elderly
rotating adaptive physical exercise and arts and crafts activities
Every Tuesday night
$5 per person
Free for Bayview residents