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AWA Bridging Generations Programs

AWA sponsors two programs aimed at generating interest in art at a young age.  The programs are coordinated by AWA members with financial support from AWA.  You can find more information about the programs below or contact

Bridging Generations Guidelines 

1. "Bridging Generations in a Box" provisions: AWA will provide materials as follows: If needed for exhibit display standard mats size 11” by 14” with opening size 9 1⁄2” by 7 1⁄2”, clear protective sleeve, and an achievement ribbon for each entrant up to 100. A coordinator incentive of $150 is awarded to offset reception and/or hands on workshop art material expenses. 

2. Please attach proposed expense budget. Include any materials and coordinator incentive listed above. If grant is approved, expenses will be reimbursed when receipts are presented for AWA Committee Chair and/or AWA Treasurer for review.

3. Allow 90 days for acceptance notification. Questions? Contact Rita Carpenter at

Art Clubs Consider Applying for Bridging Generations Grant >>

Bridging Generations provisions:

1. AWA will reimburse the regional coordinator for pre-approved expenses and email templates for printable certificates/ribbons. Pre-registration is required. Class size maximum is usually 10 and minimum is five. 

2. Contact program chair to apply. Include project expenses and dates for workshop, exhibit and artists' reception. If mini-grant is approved, expenses will be reimbursed. Please keep your receipts for AWA Committee Chair and/or AWA Treasurer for review.

3. Allow 90 days for acceptance notification. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Johanna at bridginggenerations@wiscartists.

Bridging Generations for Children

The year 2004 marked the 50th year for the Association of Wisconsin Artists (AWA). To celebrate, the nonprofit held the first “Bridging Generations” Exhibit in Prairie du Sac at the River Arts Center for children ages 5 through 12. It was a huge success. It was decided to annually continue the exhibit. Exhibits and workshops have been held in Middleton, Milton, Madison, Mineral Point, Verona, Platteville, Janesville, Oconomowoc, Brookfield, Whitewater and Clinton. 

Bridging Generations has three purposes: (1) art making, (2) exhibition and (3) artists’ reception.

 Art groups, organizations, or individuals who would like to sponsor a similar event can apply for AWA funding. Applications should be submitted at least 90 days in advance.  Contact Bridging Generations Coordinator Rita Carpenter at

Click here for a grant application to hold a Bridging Generations Exhibit.

"When my art was returned from the exhibit, the first thing I did was put it in my locker at school.

Then I asked my teacher if I could show it to my class. Everybody loved it and they were amazed that I painted it."

- Gus Miethke, Clinton, WI (age 10).

Photos by Madi Miethke and Jeanne Ferreira


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  • Website:
  • Timely Treasures, an event calendar (with dates noted)
  • A color catalog featuring award winning adult and teen art

Programs, events and recognition:

  • Regional WRAP management
  • Annual State Exhibit and Conference Weekend
  • Tiny Treasures Exhibit and Sale
  • STAMP (Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program for teens)
  • Bridging Generations (for ages 5 through 12)
  • Member Exhibit 
  • Awards from generous donors

Funding sources:

  • Tiny Treasures is an annual fund-raiser
  • Membership dues and Wisconsin Arts Board grants
  • Three endowments support AWA and WRAP
  • Individual and business contributions


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