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  • 1975: Chancellor Edwin Young establishes the Arts Consortium (AC) to coordinate arts activities and units on campus
  • 1995: First Awards in the Creative Arts presented to faculty and graduate students from UW Foundation arts-related bequests; AC hosts first artist-in-residence Meredith Monk
  • 1998: Chancellor David Ward establishes the Arts Institute (AI) as a center with a half-time director
  • 1999: AI organizes the first Wisconsin Film Festival; the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is established through the Cluster Hire Initiative
  • 2010-2011: AI coordinates Illuminate: Year of the Arts
  • 2012: The Studio: Creative Arts Community is established in Sellery Hall
  • 2013: AI becomes a campus division with a full-time director
  • 2015: AI takes over management of the Madison Early Music Festival
  • 2016: Course subject listing “Integrated Arts” is created to serve AI programs
  • 2018: AI is renamed Division of the Arts (DotA)
  • 2020: DotA offers all programs in fully virtual formats for the first time due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021: Wisconsin Film Festival and Madison Early Music Festival move to new administrative homes; DotA refocuses its mission and intensifies commitment to IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility)