Community Programs at Monona Terrace

Terrace Talks



Terrace Talks is a new series which provides thought-provoking presentation and discussion relating to forward thinkers in design, education, business and technology who break new boundaries. Dynamic speakers, many former TED Talk presenters, share relevant, current topics relating to our everyday lives. The series is geared towards the general public, professionals and learning enthusiasts alike.  Terrace Talks is entertaining, inspiring and educational for the entire community.

Terrace Talks has concluded for the season. 







The Wright Design Series

The Wright Design Series



All lectures are at 7pm in the Lecture Hall.

The design series is sponsored by Southwest Chapter AIA Wisconsin, Monona Terrace, and Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin.

The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics including architecture.

March 5
Architect Spotlight: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA of Studio Joseph

As the founding partner of the eponymous firm Studio Joseph, Wendy Evans Joseph searches for a timeless quality in her architecture that is unpretentious, pragmatic, and with an artistic eye to abstraction. Joseph’s talk will begin with the renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and include various built and un-built projects ranging from a small picnic pavilion in Dallas to a renovation of campus buildings at Columbia University.

April 22
“Beyond the Walls of Public Television’s Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture”
Stephen Chung, Host
Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture is a new series airing on public television that profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America.  Chung worked seven years to bring this show to television, with the ambition of increasing awareness of better designed, less costly, more sustainable and beautiful buildings.
May 14
“Marshall Erdman and ‘Wrightification’ in Madison”
Anna Andrzejewski
Professor, UW Madison Department of Art History
By the mid-twentieth century, architects and builders drew upon Frank Lloyd Wright's aesthetics to the degree that a widespread trend emerged, which Andrzejewski calls “Wrightification.” This presentation focuses on one Wrightifier, Marshall Erdman, and the ways in which he adopted and transformed elements from Wright's architecture in the postwar period. The speaker offers a fresh alternative to prevailing thought about postwar modernism and its supposed homogeneity.  

Here's what some past participants had to say:
We salute your broader scope and found the presentations all excellent!”
- Greg B., Madison

“Loved the whole experience! Wonderful people!” -
Betsy H., Monona




PechaKucha Night 


What is PechaKucha? The concept is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece. It’s an event that is never the same twice, so leave your expectations at the door. Monona Terrace is proud to serve as the official Madison site for PechaKucha International. Cash bar on site. 

Thursday, February 19, 7:00pm, Madison Ballroom
"Not My Day Job x Pechakucha"
Presented by High Tech Happy Hour 

There is an entire world outside of the typical 9-5 job that can foster creativity and innovation. Join us to hear interesting stories from people doing new and exciting things in the city and in their own lives as they showcase their talents beyond the office.
Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm, Exhibition Hall - A
"150 Years of Ideas from The Nation magazine"
Presented by The Nation Magazine
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Nation, the oldest weekly magazine in the country. From groundbreaking investigative journalism, to cutting cultural commentary, to unmatched political analysis, The Nation has been at the forefront of American politics and culture since its inception by anti-slavery abolitionists just months after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Join us for an evening of reflection about what makes our country great--and the many hurdles we have yet to overcome with the magazine that Harry Belafonte says "has brought to the table of human need a menu of truth." 
Sponsored  by Monona Terrace
& High Tech Happy Hour
Devised and shared by
KleinDytham Architecture


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