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Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Group Creativity Coaching

Group Creativity Coaching

Thursday, Nov 30, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Small Group Coaching:

Do you have a creative project you are working on and would like consistent and constructive feedback? Join creativity coach Angela Johnson for a small group biweekly, supportive coaching sessions. Topics will include group sharing, question prompts, suggested homework, time to work in session, and more.

Limited to 6 participants, meeting over five separate sessions. Each session is two hours and registrants should commit to attending all five. Session dates are Thursdays mornings: 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28.

Registration required, opens Oct 12.

Instructor Bio:

Angela Johnson is a professional artist, creativity coach and educator based in Wisconsin. She earned a master’s in Art Education, an MA in Art and an MFA with a focus in photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work includes themes of nature, balance, and telling stories through individual and collective memories. She often incorporates scientific elements and concepts into her work. Collaborations with other artists and scientists  energizes her creativity.

Johnson is a fixture in the Wisconsin arts scene, with 20+ years of experience maintaining public art studios, teaching workshops, facilitating programs, leading public art installations and lecturing at universities. She has worked in museums, elementary schools, senior centers, colleges and universities. She has inspired and helped people of every age — from toddlers to 95-year-olds — reaching far into the depths of their imagination to discover and channel their creativity. She also teaches workshops on mindfulness and yoga.

Johnson is passionate about helping people unleash their creativity. “There’s an artist in everyone; you may just not have discovered yours yet,” she says.

Her motto: Visualize, Create, Inspire. 

This Creativity Coaching series is made possible by a generous donation to the Madison Public Library Foundation.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mini Archiving Lab Session

Mini Archiving Lab Session

Study Room
Thursday, Nov 30, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Access old memories and preserve them for the future through digitization! Digitize and preserve analog materials, including the following: VHS tapes, DVDs (not Blu-ray), audio cassettes, printed photographs, negatives & slides, paper-based docs like newspapers, etc.

Dates: Thursdays, October 19 - December 21*
(includes 10/26, 11/ 2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/ 7, 12/14) *NO lab on 11/23 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday
Time: 2-4p
Location: Alicia Ashman Study Room

Appointments include a 20 min tutorial followed by use the equipment (up to 1.5 hours) for your personal archiving project. Must bring your own external hard drive or USB flash drive to save digital files.

To schedule an appointment, click the link below. If you are unable to attend one of the available sessions, please contact Community Engagement Librarian Farrah McDaniel at or (608) 824-1780 to schedule a time.


Study Room
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Maria Schirmer Devitt

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Maria Schirmer Devitt

Thursday, Nov 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

All are welcome to join Maria and create a space for wishing within the Bubbler Room. Each week, Maria will be in the Bubbler Room on Thursday evenings, hosting sessions to create enchanting art together. We will explore the magic that exists in the natural world, our community, and in ourselves. We will focus on combining words and images using printmaking, collage, and sculpture. We’ll delve into questions such as:

What are we wishing for (something we’ve never had or something we’ve lost or…)? 
What does it take for our wishes to come true?
Who or what grants them?
What kind of collective magic can we summon?
What offerings do we leave in return as we make our wish?
What rituals do we create around making wishes? 

All ages and abilities are welcome! Drop in, no registration required. 

When we wish, we wish for something just out of our reach of what seems possible. What would it take to bring it to make them come true?
Read more about her residency here: