Undergraduate Exchange Program

Current Projects

Young Feminists Club

Amelia Stastney & Danielle Sklarew

Community Partners: Black Hawk Middle School, Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR)

Amelia Stastney is a first-year undergraduate student from Mequon, Wisconsin, studying International Studies while also completing the Pre-Med track. Danielle Sklarew is a first-year student from Bethesda, Maryland double majoring in History and Communications. The pair were assigned randomly to be roommates for their freshman year and soon learned that they both shared a love for working with children as they have both spent many years working as counselors at overnight summer camps. Inspired by their desire to spread feminism and female empowerment to children, Amelia and Danielle’s HEX-U project is titled, “Young Feminists Club,” and will be a weekly after-school program implemented in the fall of 2018. Weekly themes cover topics such as, “Women in Sports,” “Women in Science,” and “Women in Literature." Ameila and Danielle have partnered with Blackhawk Middle School to implement their program in the MSCR after-school program. Amelia and Danielle hope to help the children involved celebrate women and all that women have achieved and will continue to achieve.


Photo by Masha Vodyanyk

Addressing Incarceration & Its Effects on Community Health Through the Arts

Mackenzie Berry

Community Partner: Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity (MOSES)

Mackenzie Berry is a first-year student from Louisville, Kentucky in the 10th Cohort of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Program. She is studying English - Creative Writing with a Certificate in Afro-American Studies. She is a part of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Touring Ensemble, co-facilitates weekly writing workshops at the Goodman Community Center with the JVN Project, and remains involved in the nonprofit organization Young Poets of Louisville. Mackenzie's HEX-U project will use the arts to address the health effects incarceration has on the communities it impacts. The project will offer arts programming according to community needs and wants, as determined by community members in  critical collaboration with Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity (MOSES). 


Project Plié Wisconsin

McKenna Collins

Community Partners: Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Head Start Schools

McKenna is a third-year undergraduate student studying Communications and Political Science with plans to attend Law School upon graduation. As a former professional dancer, McKenna was invited to dance in summer intensive programs with Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ballet Chicago and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Now, after hanging up her pointe shoes, she strives to share her passion for dance through creative movement classes around the Madison area. Her program, entitled "Project Plié Wisconsin," aims to unite people, young and old, in a common love of dance while promoting art throughout the community. She currently partners with Head Start Schools, The Boys and Girls Club and The Center For The Aging. See her project in action here. When she's not dancing, you'll find her reading a good biography, traveling or windsurfing on Lake Mendota. 


Bread, Salt, Wine & Art

Stuart Deets

Community Partners: Madison West High School, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County

Stuart Deets is a junior studying History, Art History & English Literature. As an Eagle Scout, he loves teaching young kids about everything from nature to cooking safety, and has taught at the Tesomas Scout Camp for the past 5 summers. Through his work as a Chazen Ambassador, he has created innovative programming for students, such as dances and beach parties, to draw students into the museum. After graduation, he plans to go to graduate school to study Contemporary Art History. Stuart plans to bring his experience with education into his HEX-U Project, “Bread, Salt, Wine & Art,” which will take art created by a classroom of art students, and put it in homes built by Habitat for Humanity.


Art en Route

Yusi Liu & Alexandra Polach

Community Partners: Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison Community Discourse, Madison Metro Transit

Yusi Liu is a third-year undergraduate student from Beijing, China, studying Classics and Art History. Yusi is the Director at Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee (WUD Art). She loves art, and does some photography and curation. In her spare time, Yusi loves traveling, hiking, and tea tasting. Alex Polach is a senior art history student from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her studies are focused on Chinese art history and Mandarin. Alex is the Associate Director of Development at WUD Art. Despite a busy schedule, she can always find time for cooking and enjoying a walk on the frozen lake. Their project, titled “Art en Route,” will call for both literary and visual artists to create uniquely commissioned works of art that will be featured on the exterior bus wraps of various Madison Metro Transit busses. The artists will work in pairs and will collaboratively come up with a final work.