University of Wisconsin–Madison
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In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the Arts Institute supports and promotes a comprehensive variety of arts programs and disciplines, whether it is our own specific programs or our partners’ events. Early in 2014, the Institute was constituted as an independent division, and became a stand-alone division in July 2015. By working with numerous faculty and staff in a wide range of departments and arts-related fields, the Arts Institute is in the position to create/generate conditions for bold thinking and creative problem solving. Together with our partners, we can further develop and support a vibrant arts community.

As a division of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Arts Institute is a gateway to the arts at the university. As arts practitioners, theorists, historians and educators in the cultural and creative world, we advance the arts as an invaluable resource that underpins the vital nature of the university and its wider community. We do this by promoting all forms of artistic expression, experience and interpretation via a diversity of intertwined paths through which we engage and understand our world.

The mission of the Arts Institute is to advance the excellence of arts research, teaching, and service on the UW–Madison campus through increased visibility, coordination, and integration.

NOTE: We are pleased to announce that the Arts Institute’s name will change to Division of the Arts on July 1, 2018. Our new name better reflects our status as a division within the Office of the Provost, and our role connecting, advancing, and advocating for the arts on campus.