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Let your creative juices flow in Madison

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Try these local events, groups, and classes that offer opportunities to beginners, professionals, and everyone in between.

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Let your creative juices (and wine) flow at Wine and Design. | Photo by Wine and Design

Craft time isn’t just for kids. Madison is full of creative individuals and organizations that offer a myriad of adult-friendly craft opportunities.

We rounded up a few of our favorites that cater to locals of all skill levels.


Madison Writers’ Studio
If you’re committed to bringing that big project to life, consider signing up for one of the studio’s long-term programs. Upcoming workshops include Write a Book in a Year, and Sh*tty First Drafts.

Arts and Lit Lab | 111. S. Livingston St.
From poetry and journaling to sketchbook guidance, you’ll find a wide array of classes and workshops to help hone your craft.


Madison Handpan Group
This group of musicians gathers for jam sessions and offers introductory courses to expand Madison’s handpan community.

Madison Music Foundry | 2818 Index Rd., Fitchburg
Individual lessons for a variety of instruments are available online and in person. Sign your crew up for Band Coaching to polish your stage presence.

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Madison Music Foundry members at a public performance. | Photo by Madison Music Foundry

Open Mics

Java Cat | 4221 Lien Rd.
Check out local talent at the cafe’s new location on the last two Sundays of each month.

Mad City Story Slam
Keep tabs on the Facebook page to find upcoming themed story slam locations. The theme for this week’s slam? Falling.

Cargo Coffee | 750 E. Washington Ave.
Brave the stage or just enjoy the show every first and third Sunday, 5-7 p.m. Performance sign-up starts at 4:30 p.m.

Open Studios

Wisconsin Union | 800 Langdon St.
For $8/day, $50/month, or $415/year you’ll have access to the ceramic, 2D, and 3D art studios.

Wine and Design | 167 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Register for a two-hour open studio session where you can opt for a blank or traced-design canvas.

Simply Stitched | Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
BYOSM (bring your own sewing machine) to these free drop-in sewing club sessions.

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