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Ink and watercolor image of Madison's lakes with the isthmus defined by a sillhouette of a trombone player, and a city skyline in bright watercolors across the bottom. Artist, Ali Brooks
Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2016 by Ali Brooks

Each year Make Music Madison features a local visual artist who creates the look for that year’s poster, ads, and for the cover of our program printed as an Isthmus insert. This year we are proud to welcome Ali Brooks.

2016 Featured Visual Artist: Ali Brooks

About Ali

Ali Brooks is an artist, activist, and therapist. She gets great joy from bringing art and beauty to her surroundings, and has a lifelong legacy of doodling and decorating anything she could get her hands on, even puffy painting a colorful mural on her car during high school. She considers her artwork to be part of a practice of honoring creation, expressing vulnerability, and re-imagining what’s possible for ourselves and our world.

Libra Rising Art gets its name from astrology and mythology, where Libra symbolizes beauty, justice, and connection. Ali is a social worker and community organizer in Madison, WI, and is deeply committed to working for individual and collective healing and transformation. Ali uses artisitc expression to digest the trauma and oppression she comes into contact with in her daily work, and metabolize these experiences into truth, beauty, and creative medicine for our hearts.

Ali’s artwork, social justice work, and therapy practice is rooted in love, a vision for collective liberation, and a yearning for a world in which all people have the power and resources to reach their fullest human potential; as the Zapatistas have said, “A world in which many worlds fit.”

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Previous Featured Visual Artists

Image features two lakes coming in from left and right, with a central red winding horn that frames a keyboard, guitar, buildings, bike paths, and greenspace, and ending in a horn bell that acts as a pedestal for the capitol dome.
Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2015 by Shelby Floyd

2015: Shelby Floyd

About Shelby

“I love to make things. I arrived at design via animation via filmmaking via journalism via sound recording via music. I learned Illustrator working with vectors in a sign shop where we cut and weeded vinyl and worked with various sign structures and oversize prints. Years before that I began using Photoshop creating collages and coloring and restoring photographs.”



Hand drawn image of the central isthmus as a map created by sweeping, overlapping sheet music notation. Blue to white faded lakes give space for text "Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone" and a badge inset near the top of the image shows the Make Music Madison logo, introduced in 2013, and developed by KW2
Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2014 by Elliot Gilfillan

2014: Elliot Gilfillan

About Elliot

Elliot has been a performer at Make Music Madison as part of the The Earthlings, who released a new EP “Beacon” on March 25, 2016. He has also volunteered for Make Music Madison included bringing his drawing skills to the table to create our 2014 poster and Isthmus insert cover.

Earthling’s Website


words Make Music Madison stacked on top of each other in blocky space with Make on black, Music on red, and Madison on blue. The blocky text is surrounded by black filled shapes representing parts of a violin, trumpet, and guitar.
Make Music Madison logo, designed by KW2

2013: Introducing Make Music Madison

In our first year in 2013, we took the opportunity to introduce our logo, developed through a partnership with KW2.

Website: KW2