A group of students sit on stage and answer questions with a microphone during a pst-performance talk-back.

Partner Programs

The Division of the Arts is proud to partner with interdisciplinary  and innovative arts programs hosted by other campus units:

The Arts Business Initiative of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration empowers artists to fuel and inspire the culture of our community, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond. It provides support and training. It teaches the strategic skills today’s artists need to take leadership in the creative economy.

The First Wave Urban Arts Scholarship Program is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word, and hip-hop culture. This full-tuition, four-year scholarship program enables students to develop their craft as part of a high-level artistic community. Students work with faculty, staff, and renowned spoken word and hip-hop artists. They pursue their academic and career goals by studying fields that merge their artistic interests with professional development. First Wave scholars engage the community in creative service-learning projects that combine multicultural arts and activism. They showcase their talents around the campus, city, nation, and globe as part of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble.

Holding History mentors the next generation of public scholars, thinkers, and writers.. Holding History teaches audiences about the history of media. It furthers research by working with Special Collections and provides educational opportunities. It serves the broader public by extending access to community resources.