MCD connects community through art and experience. Each year we study a theme and connect community through the hands on workshops, creative placemaking events, interviews, and exhibition that we offer.
Art and discourse are at the center of what we do. It is how we connect. It is how we reflect and honor the reflections of those around us.
One of the components of our community study on happiness is the interviews. We are interviewing 200 people across Madison to build a ‘portrait’ of what happiness is in our town. The response has been incredible. 45 interviews have been completed in a span of five weeks! Click here to see the stories and ‘portrait’ as it is developing.
In October, we also hosted two workshops. A hands on art workshop and our ‘Happy Hour’ discussion group. We had a great attendance and support at both events. It is amazing to watch the mission working as strangers connect, share, and are open with one another.
If you were unable to make it to the workshops, we have the questions that we asked and explored at them here.
Saturday, November 12 9am-12pm
There has been such an incredible response to the interviews that we are creating a new event each month to include more people.
The following times will be offered at Cafe Zoma to interview people on happiness. It will take about 10 minutes, but we are scheduling them for 20 minutes just in case they go over.
Please reply to this email if you would like to take one of the times below.
Madison Community Discourse and Polka Press present :::
Gratitude writing workshop
Thank you cards to print and purchase
Sunday, November 20 1-4pm at Polka Press
2132 Fordem Avenue
Join us for an afternoon of thank you card making and writing. We will provide prompts for expressing gratitude, inks and papers for printing cards, plus envelopes and postage so that we can mail your cards at the end of the day. There will also be a variety of thank you cards printed by Polka Press members available for purchase.
$5 / three cards to print or purchase (all supplies included)
Please bring one non-perishable food item to donate to the Goodman Community Center Food Pantry
Happy Hour is a philosophy group that discusses different aspects of happiness in our lives and in the community. We are inviting people, regardless of education or philosophy background, to engage in a monthly community discussion on varying aspects and thoughts of happiness.
This is a group where people can connect with new people, share their ideas and thoughts, and these larger social issues on the topic of happiness. We believe that through this social discussion group, we can explore new perspectives and understand our community, and our world, better.
This month we talk about gratitude and its relation to happiness.
Wednesday, November 16 6-8pm
Harmony Bar and Grill
We are honored to participate in the BRAVA Women’s Expo.
November 19 and 20 10am-4pm
Alliant Energy Center
BRAVA’s signature event is back for its 17th year and we’re having even more sophisticated fun than ever! Find your passion, get inspired, shop for great finds, try a new activity, connect with dynamic women – and savor and sample your way through the weekend!
We will be offering a number of hands on activities that call participants to reflect on their own happiness and those around them.
It has only been one month, but we are honored with the incredible response we have already seen. We are seeing that it is helping people already, connecting people, and strengthening community through a stronger sense of belonging.
People are connecting through experience, people are connecting through art. People are connecting in Madison.
We are thankful for the partners we have worked with so far and are really excited to share the news of the new partners and sponsors that we have for the year soon.
So many good things are coming. Things will get bigger and better with each month, and this is just the start.
Hive Social Club One-One Thousand Cafe Zoma Lazy Janes Crescendo Espresso Bar and Music Cafe Harmony Bar and Grill Old Sugar Distillery Barriques Matrix Coworking 100State Pinney Library BRAVA Women’s Expo
We are always grateful for our fiscal sponsorship from Arts Wisconsin.