Ways to Engage

MadArt seeks to create community involvement in the arts by providing opportunities for meaningful experiences between artists and public audiences. Through our open studio model, artist-led tours, curricular workshopping, and participatory exhibitions, we provide a platform for public audiences to directly engage with our artists, creating a deeper understanding of the concepts and creative processes that underlie large-scale installations. Educators, organizations, and groups that are interested in arranging a visit or an experience tailored to align with specific objectives are encouraged to get in touch. Read more about possible opportunities below.

Artist-Led Group Tours

Want to meet the artist? Want to learn more about what drives their creative practice, how they came to be an artist, or why they use a particular medium? We host groups of all sizes and welcome the opportunity to share more about our exhibitions with you through artist-led tours. Located outside of Seattle? Geographical limitations are no longer a thing! Quarantine allowed us to hone our technological skills, and we would be happy to give you and your group a virtual walkthrough.

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Photo by James Harnois
A group receives a private tour of Ginny Ruffner's augmented reality exhibition

Curricular Workshops

Are you an educator interested in a visit that aligns with your specific curricular objectives? Get in touch. Whether you’re teaching a section on installation art or expanding your dance students’ understanding of the creative process, we are here to facilitate a tailored experience that meets your educational needs and engages your students.

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Cornish College dance students perform with "Lure"

Participatory Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are big and sometimes we need the help of volunteers like you to bring them to life. Consider John Grade’s Middle Fork: this sculpture was constructed over the course of a year, through the collective effort of hundreds of volunteers who worked alongside Grade, learning his techniques and sculptural approach. They can now say a piece of their handiwork went on to be displayed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and currently in the lobby of the Seattle Art Museum. We think that’s pretty cool.  

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Photo by James Harnois
A volunteer helps assemble "Middle Fork" by John Grade