Announcing the Inaugural Arts Crawl at UW–Madison from March 31-April 2, 2022

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Mark your calendars for the inaugural Arts Crawl, taking place on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus from Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 2.

Arts Crawl highlights a collection of arts events held over several days in the arts departments and co-curricular arts units at UW­–Madison. It is an opportunity to have creative arts experiences, which may take the form of demonstrations and workshops, as well as the chance to visit arts classes, lectures, talks, performances, exhibitions and rehearsals.

Division of the Arts student assistant Dawry Ruiz presented the concept for this event last fall. Ruiz is a third-year First Wave Scholar majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and a certificate in Arts and Teaching. He says, “The Arts Crawl is a collaborative experience where the arts on campus are showcased in their most collaborative and interdisciplinary form. The Crawl is an opportunity to share what the arts community at UW can offer the surrounding communities.”

Attendees are invited to curate their own experience. Sit in on a weaving course or watch films by students in Communication Arts. See a glass blowing demonstration, walk through an immersive installation at the campus art museum or attend a performance by Grammy-nominated musicians.

Arts Crawl is presented in partnership with Line Breaks Festival (April 1-2, 2022), one of the largest annual hip hop theater festivals in the Midwest. In the fifteenth anniversary year of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, the sixteenth annual Line Breaks Festival will be a homecoming for UW alumni involved in multicultural arts over the last 15 years and beyond. Line Breaks Festival events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Many Arts Crawl events are free and open to the public. Some events require advance registration or ticket purchase. To view the whole schedule, visit

­­­Arts Crawl 2022 is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and the Madison Metropolitan School District.