The Madison School and Community Recreation ‘Art Cart’ returns for its 46th year

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MADISON, Wis. — The Art Cart is returning to Madison for the start of their 2021 season, providing kids with craft materials to release their inner artist.

COVID didn’t put the breaks on the cart last year. Instead it adapted to take home kits, which the program will continue to use this summer.

Madison School and Community Recreations is working with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to give voice to kids through art. 

“We want to bring the art from the museum into the community and bring community art into new spaces and really make it as fun and enjoyable and accessible for everybody,” said art cart lead Maria Schirmer Devitt.

This weeks craft is titled ‘Sound Socks’ and is inspired by work from artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust.

Kids are given a pair of socks along with materials to decorate them. They are encouraged to use their voices in a new way and write their thoughts on the socks.

“We have to dream up new ways and so we really want to hear from kids,” said Schirmer Devitt. “What are the ways you need to be heard, what is it you need to share, what is it you’re dreaming about?”

The cart will offer five different crafts throughout the summer and travel to the city’s east and west side.