University of Wisconsin–Madison
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 of all ages and disciplines to fuel and inspire the culture of our community, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond. It provides support and training and teach 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 alongside faculty, staff, and nationally renowned spoken word and hip hop artists; pursue their academic and career goals by studying fields that merge their artistic interests with professional development; engage the community in creative service-learning projects that combine multicultural arts and activism; and showcase their talents around the campus, city, country and globe as part of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble.

Holding History is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to mentoring the next generation of public scholars, thinkers, and writers. Exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea in action, Holding History teaches students and community members about the history of media, furthers research through work with Special Collections and student curation of rare books, performs outreach by providing unique educational opportunities, and serves the broader public by extending access to community resources.