A summer arts & nature adventure

Through experiential education in music, visual arts, movement, drama, and nature studies, Kaleidoscope provides children ages 6 – 10 with new and creative ways to understand the world and express themselves.

Fusing learning and fun, this one week program educates as it inspires, with a dynamic team of professional teaching artists and environmental educators. Participants share their work with family and friends in an “open studio” presentation at the program’s conclusion.

Kaleidoscope is coordinated by TAPIT/new works, a Madison-based, non-profit, professional arts organization founded in 1985 by Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden.

Click here to download the 2019 Kaleidoscope brochure.


space is limited

Kaleidoscope meets Monday through Friday  from 9 AM to 4 PM, from June 24-28 at TAPIT/new works, 1957 Winnebago St., at Schenk’s Corners on Madison’s east side.

The cost is $325 per child for one 5-day week. Please make checks payable to TAPIT/new works and mail with the completed registration form to 1957 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704. Be certain to include your child’s name, age, birthdate, grade entering in the fall, and parent or guardian name(s) where directed. If you wish to pay by cash or credit card, please contact TAPIT/new works, 608.244.2938, or info@tapitnewworks.org.


Each morning, participants enjoy:

  • Hands-on nature studies in the neighborhood.
  • Field trips to Olbrich Gardens and the surrounding natural landscape of Schenk’s Corners.
  • Guest speakers exploring ecosystems, wildlife, and protecting the environment.

Each afternoon, participants enjoy:

  • Visual arts with Amy Cavi, artist and art educator, with a background in teaching people of all ages and abilities.
  • Movement and Drama with Donna Peckett, a Kennedy Center-trained teaching artist, award-winning choreographer, and professional performer.
  • Music with Julie Mazer, music educator, whose work fosters discovery and development of music appreciation, knowledge, and practice.


Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund

A limited number of scholarships for the Kaleidoscope Program are available through the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund. Contact TAPIT/new works at 608.244.2938 or info@tapitnewworks.org for information.


growing and changing

The Kaleidoscope Program was developed in 1991 by Barbara Goy, accomplished music educator and founder of Madison’s Preschool of the Arts. Designed to foster creative development in children, Kaleidoscope was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Extension for 13 years. Barbara retired in 2002.

Today, Kaleidoscope is administered by TAPIT/new works, a Madison-based non-profit professional arts organization, founded in 1985 by Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden. Sparking and supporting children’s creativity are the enduring goals of the Kaleidoscope program.