Having it ALL: Arts + Literature Laboratory stakes a claim for grassroots arts downtown

By the end of the year, Arts + Literature Laboratory will close temporarily to move to a three-level, window-filled, 9,910-square-foot space. The gallery and performance space will be on the first floor. Education claims much of the third, including art studios. Literary arts, with a small library, is in the middle: a sketch of the mezzanine shows a 835-square-foot writing center. The opening is planned for March 2020.

'Illuminating our stories': Gavin Lawrence becomes APT's first black core company member

When he accepted American Players Theatre's offer, Gavin Lawrence became the first black member of the core acting company. “It was an amazing opportunity to be part of one of the best theaters in the country,” Lawrence said. “It also felt like a responsibility to not just think of me. There are now a lot of young actors of color who are aspiring to do this kind of work.”

Point of view: Four Madison artists make new work, ask questions and build community

The four artists in this week’s cover story — 4D grad student Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, queer artist and educator Alaura Borealis, new photography professor Tomiko Jones and painter/entrepreneur Evan Gruzis — are all relatively new to Madison’s art scene. They offer a glimpse of what art in Madison looks like in 2018, and how it could evolve if the resources and community they find here prompts them to stay.
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