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Opening Reception:  Saturday, June 10 (5-8pm)
Free, for the community.  Everyone is welcome.

Exhibition Hours
Sunday, June 11 (11am-4pm)
Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15 (4:30-7:30pm)
Friday, June 16 (4-8pm)
Saturday, June 17 (11am-4pm)

Come prepared: Brass Works’ raw, industrial space has uneven surfaces and stairs have open metal grate treads, so sensible closed-toed shoes with no heels would be safest. Also, the roof leaks like a sieve, so bring raingear in case of rain. Umbrellas will not be allowed inside. Regretfully, many of the spaces are not handicap-accessible, and everyone will be advised to watch their step.


A free art exhibition celebrating the past and future of the Brass Works building

Forge is an art exhibition featuring the work of over a dozen Madison-area artists, who will create installations inspired by the history of the Madison Brass Works building (214 Waubesa. Madison WI), its workers, and the elements involved in the transfigurations that took place on this site.  It will speak to the continuation of this space’s important role in our community, in it’s new form.  The event will support support the expansion of the Goodman Community Center.

“So many people are curious about the building. We’re [excited] for everyone to come and see the building in its raw, industrial state before construction starts in July,” said Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director of the Goodman Community Center, “There will be lots to capture your imagination — art, history and all the possibilities our new building holds for our community.”

Ellen Carlson and Erika Monroe-Kane, are engaged with the local arts community and are experienced event organizers who are organizing and curating this exhibition, to support the Goodman Community Center.

The future.

Goodman’s plans for the Brass Works site will be the first phase of a two-phase project. The new building will be the new home of growing middle and high school programs, adding more space for hands-on learning activities and room for more youth to participate. Most administrative offices will be on the second floor, and the biggest room on the main floor will meet a steady demand for a beautiful venue for larger weddings and other events.

If all goes as scheduled, the Brass Works doors will open in September, 2018, when phase two will begin – the renovation and reconfiguration of our current facilities in the historic Ironworks building. The former administrative offices will be converted to childcare classrooms. The fitness center will move next to the gym and expand hours to 24/7 access. There will be more rooms for our vibrant older adults to add a variety of activities they have been wanting but space has limited.