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Bubbler Artists in the Neighborhood

May 23, 2023
Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023

Madison Public Library is excited to bring back the popular Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood program, launched last year. The program places a Bubbler community artist in each of our nine libraries to host weekly open studio hours and programs from June-August geared toward kids and families. The goal is to create deeper relationships with kids and families through multiple interactions throughout the summer, as opposed to one-off events. Bubbler artists will also be attending community events in each neighborhood to provide support and fun activities. 

We Read Summer Kick-Off With Bubbler Artists in the Neighborhood 2023

We Read Kick-Off Events:

We're excited to kick-off our We Read summer celebration of reading and community with the Bubbler's Our Town Everywhere project. Bubbler Artists in the the Neighborhood will lead a kick-off art-making session at each library location where kids and families can meet the artist and make their own self-portrait. Dates for the Kick-Off events are below: 

Here are more ways you can interact with Bubbler in the Neighborhood Artists this summer:

Alicia Ashman Library: Claudia Linnea

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Claudia LinneaThe Bubbler artist at Alicia Ashman is Claudia Linnea! Claudia is an art enthusiast and painter in the making. She works in museum education at the Chazen, supports artists at ArtWorking, and cloud watches on her days off. Get your creative juices flowing at our weekly program called Creative Juicebox! Bring your sense of wonder to the table and we will provide material and can-do attitudes. There will be lots of opportunities to make, write, play and try something new. Come with big ideas or an open and curious mind and find out what flavor of creativity sounds best to you! ALL ages welcome, children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Messy clothes encouraged.

Creative Juicebox takes place Tuesdays, 2-4PM from June 20 - August 15. 

Goodman South Madison Library: Ella Deitz

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Ella DeitzGoodman South Madison's Bubbler artist is Ella Deitz! Ella is a writer, performer, and organizer from Madison, Wisconsin. She is a First Wave Scholar at UW-Madison where she will be graduating in May 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies. Join Ella for weekly workshops focused on poetry and spoken word! During these workshops, we will read poems, study different forms, write poems, and learn how to use our voices to tell stories and imagine new worlds. This time will include time to listen to and read poems, share poems with the group, and of course, time to write together.

Open Studio Hours take place Wednesdays, 2:30-4PM from June 12 - August 21 (No program on June 19). 

Hawthorne Library: Christina Theobald

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Christina TheobaldHawthorne Library's Bubbler artist is Christina Theobald! Christina is passionate about making art accessible and fun. Utilizing a variety of mediums and techniques, Christina hopes to show participants of all ages how a creative practice can help build relationships and relieve stress. Every week, kids and families will work primarily with paint, printmaking, photography, and collage. Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop! Those under the age of 6 will require additional assistance from a parent or caregiver.

Open Studio Hours take place on Wednesdays, 5-6:30PM from June 14 - August 23. 

Lakeview Library: Elias Mittelstadt

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Elias MittelstadtLakeview Library's Bubbler artist is Elias Mittelstadt! Elias is a designer and artist inspired by technology, nature, history, and cartography. Elias utilizes 3D printing, digital design, and found objects to create their art. Each week during Open Studio Hours will offer a different fun, hands-on project for kids of all ages.

Open Studio Hours take place Tuesdays, 2-4PM from June 20-August 15. (No program on July 4 or July 25)

Meadowridge Library: Lexie Olson

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Lexie OlsonMeadowridge Library's Bubbler artist is Lexie Olson! Lexie is an artist and storyteller based in Madison, WI. Her practice centers around the intersection of visual and written language. This summer, Lexie will be focusing on comic making and merging art and spoken word together as they take over the already popular Express Yourself program at Meadowridge Library.

Open Studio Hours take place Mondays, 6-7PM from June 5 - August 14. (No program June 19)

Monroe Street Library: Lelia Byron

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Lelia ByronMonroe Street Library's Bubbler artist is Lelia Byron. Lelia is an interdisciplinary artist who makes paintings, sculptures, murals, installations, and public art projects. Drop-in at the Monroe Street Library throughout the summer for different art activities and workshops led by Lelia. 

Open Studio Hours take place twice per month on Saturdays, 10AM-12PM from June 17 - August 19. CHECK THE CALENDAR for specific dates.

Pinney Library: Annie Aaker

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Annie AakerPinney Library's Bubbler artist is Annie Aaker! Annie has been an artist since she was a kid with a sketchbook full of ballerina drawings and Calvin & Hobbes comics. Stop by to make art a variety of fun, hands-on projects with Annie this summer.

Open Studio Hours take place Tuesdays, 10AM-12PM from June 20 - August 15.

Sequoya Library: Rita Salm

Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood 2023 Rita SalmSequoya Library's Bubbler artist is Rita Salm! Rita is a non-binary and queer illustrator and artist who enjoys using approachable materials like colored pencil and hand-rendered typography in their art. Bring your works in progress or start something new during open studio time with Rita this summer!

Open Studio Hours take place Thursdays, 10-11:30AM from June 15 - August 17.

Learn more about each artist on the Bubbler website.

We Read is made possible thanks to support from Ascendium Education Group, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Madison Public Library Foundation, Dick Goldberg & Lisa Munro, and David Wood & Jane Doughty.