Art at the Threshold is not-for-profit organization that seeks to seed, cultivate and facilitate art events that explore the polarized view of fundamental aspects of our lives that we so often hold. Wellness and illness, young and old age, man and woman, art and science, insider and outsider, rich and poor, life and death, are some of the common manifestations of this paradigm that inform and shape us as individuals and as a society. Through the artistic experience and interactions, Art at the Threshold seeks to offer opportunities for reevaluation and shifts in the way we view and live our life.

The threshold is a metaphor for a juncture where different realities can be observed, examined and experienced from a single vantage point. It provides a marked pause. It offers a moment of creative potential from which new understandings can grow, new perspectives can arise and new choices considered. The arts— visual, word, sound, movement, performance, culinary and ritual— provide a powerful lens and a rich ground for evoking the threshold experience..

Art at the Threshold provides a venue for bringing excellent performers, speakers and artists to Madison and for highlighting local ideas, talents and creations. It encourages collaborations among art related organizations as well as between them and other community organizations and businesses.

Art at the Threshold is a not for profit organization and is administered by Arts Wisconsin Support for Art at the Threshold comes from community and business sponsors, healthcare organizations, grants and gifts from local and national organizations, event revenues and individual donations..

EfratArt at the Threshold was initiated by Efrat Livny, Madison artist, body worker, and healer ( Efrat's life and work are guided by a strong trust in the regenerative powers of the soul, mind and body and the ability to find balance and harmony again and again through life's challenges, losses and miracles. She finds nourishment and inspiration in wisdom traditions and aesthetic expressions of many cultures and the great gifts of nature. She is grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that "Art at the Threshold" has been receiving since its inception in late 2010.

For more information contact Efrat Livny.


Upcoming Public Events, 2014

DandelionExploring Home and Family-Directed Funerals

Saturday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm at Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI

Suggested Donation $10

6:30-7:30 Showing of the film A Family Undertaking

This film explores the growing home funeral movement and contrasts family care with conventional funeral practices. It intimately follows several families who choose to care for, honor, remember and grieve for their loved ones at home.

7:30-8:30 Presentation/discussion with Charlene Elderkin

Charlene is the author of Where the Tree Falls the Forest Rises: Stories of Death and Renewal, and also the founder of the Threshold Care Circle of Viroqua, WI (, which educates and assists family members who wish to care for their own at the time of death.

To register and for questions:
Ken Baun, or
Efrat Livny,

This event is sponsored by Art at the Threshold