Center for the Arts

Sing, dance, draw, perform! The Madison Square Center for the Arts celebrates arts education and cultural programming in the heart of downtown Madison.

Get in touch with your creative side by taking lessons, attending classes or enjoying performances. Check out the calendar to find events ranging from weekly music, art or dance lessons to art shows or performances of operas, ballets or plays and musicals.

Sixteen classrooms, a gymnatorium with a proscenium stage, kitchen facilities and art and music studios provide the space for classes in art, dance, music, drama and martial arts for all ages. A two-week long Summer Arts Camp each July lets students in grades 1-8 join in art, drama, dance, music and set design, culminating in a big performance for the community.

The center at 2103 Main Street also houses the cultural arts offices of the City of Madison, headed by Pam Waldrep. A landmark in the city, the building was constructed in 1890 as the community’s school and served generations of schools for a century. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The arts center grounds anchored by Madison’s well-known Red Caboose are home to community events like Swing into Summer each May and the Scarecrow Festival in October. The grounds are also the home of the Downtown Madison Farmers Market  each week during growing season starting in May.

For information about programming or classes, call Madison Square Center for the Arts at (601) 853-0291.