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The Bubbler

Madison Public Library’s creative hub

Madison child observing local art piece

By the community, for the community.

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One of my favorite things about Madison is the abundance of creatives. Independent coffee shops like Lakeside Street, Michelangelo’s, and Mother Fools are almost always displaying the works of local artists that never cease to impress.

The Bubbler is a program under the Madison Public Library umbrella that allows Madisonians to keep their thumbs on the pulse of the 608 art scene.

💡 How it works

This art hub aims to connect artists with the community via workshops, community events, and exhibitions. 100+ artists are contracted by Madison Public Library to facilitate and lead creative projects at all nine of the library’s branches.

Two utility boxes wrapped in art by community members.

Find these on Troy Drive near Lakeview Library.

Photo by Jessica Mardi Photography via Madison Bubbler

📍 Bubbler’s impact

  • Utility Box Project | Bubbler artist Kim Charles Kay led creative workshops to spruce up some otherwise drab utility boxes in the city. Keep your eyes peeled for these colorful community creations.
  • Mural Alley | Local teens joined forces with Bubbler in order to create five murals for walls that were once a blank canvas at the Madison East Shopping Center.
  • Beanie Masks | Ashley Lusietto facilitated this project where locals were encouraged to use everyday materials to create fun masks. The library distributed 100 DIY kits to local families via youth-focused community partners.
mural alley signage

Tucked between E. Washington Avenue and Hermina Street, you’ll find Mural Alley.

👋 Get involved

If your group or organization is looking for a place to learn about and utilize digital media resources, the Media Lab is the place for you. Reach out to find out more and request a workshop.

Do you prefer to get creative from the comfort of your home? Check out the Bubbler’s collection of hands-on projects and guides.

Calling all educators. Maker Kits are pre-prepped project tubs tailored to specific age groups, time allowances, and skill sets. Learn about how to access these along with more learning resources here.

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