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Makeshift Festival (free)

  • Olbrich Park 3451 Atwood Avenue Madison, WI, 53714 United States (map)

Summer in Madison brings outdoor music, food, and beer events aplenty, but the inaugural Makeshift Festival aims to add something different to the mix. Organizers have recruited 14 artists to create temporary, site-specific installations for the day, and it's looking like a strong roster. Madisonian Jeremy Wineberg contributed one of the highlights of June's Forge event at the Madison Brass Works, an installation that consisted of a mesmerizing, liquid projection on a pile of sand. Erica Hess, also from Madison, has worked in media ranging from sinuous, wiry sculpture to collections of fabric. Jennifer Bastian is the Madison Bubbler program's current artist-in-residence. Other promising artists involved include the Milwaukee team behind the Warming Hive project and the textile-centered, New Mexico-based Dakota Mace. Food and drink are part of the equation here, with offerings from restaurants from Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, Duluth, Milwaukee, and Dubuque. There's no music at Makeshift, but that's not a problem—as nice as all the outdoor music is during a Madison summer, it's refreshing for an event to take another approach to transforming public space. Organizers say they plan to change Makeshift's location each year. —Scott Gordon

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