Anna Moffit and Gloria Reyes appeared last Tuesday at an art education forum hosted by the Arts and Literature Lab (ALL) and moderated by the poet laureate of Madison, Oscar Mireles. Moffit and Reyes are both vying for Seat 1 on the Madison School Board for the spring primary election on April 3. Moffit is a current board member running for her second term. Reyes and Moffit discussed eleven questions about the district’s art education that were submitted by community members, with ALL specifically seeking out contributions from art educators, students and parents in the Madison school district. Many questions prompted Reyes and Moffit to talk about the ways in which they would support related arts in schools, from class sizes and budget questions to expanding access to other types of art and increasing support for art educators.
A Madison-based electronic monitoring company for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections was told of problems and unnecessary jailings five years ago, but the problems have continued and the number of people under GPS monitoring has doubled. Education
The Read Up Madison program thrives because of donors, and fundraising is underway now. Madison schools are promising security upgrades as part of the continuing conversation on school safety following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Crestwood Elementary class is getting recognition for its stop-motion movie project. Development
Residents are fighting the planned extension of the electrical grid through Madison and the Driftless area.
On a quiet Saturday in October, Ed Blume was working in the yard of his home, raking the leaves that had begun to fall from the trees in his neighborhood, a residential community just south of the Dane County Regional Airport. Suddenly, a piercing crescendo broke the calm of Blume’s afternoon. Blume saw pedestrians on the sidewalk clamp their hands over their ears as the noise grew louder, rising to an abrasive wail as a flight of three F-16 fighter jets tore over Blume’s house at low altitude. Having lived in this east side home for ten years, Blume is no stranger to the noise of these aircraft – and he’s not the first generation to learn to live with them. Combat aircraft have been a regular presence in the skies over the Isthmus since the 1942 activation of Truax Field, then a military training facility for aircraft technicians.
Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues. Bill Herman, FairShare Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coalition
Bill Herman volunteers at FairShare Community Supported Agriculture Coalition, to build strategic partnerships for Workplace CSA Programs. CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. FairShare CSA Coalition has made CSA more accessible by linking people who care about the food they eat to local farmers who grow top-quality food for their local communities for over 20 years. Herman serves on the board of directors, develops key relationships and speaks at farm conferences.
Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear. American journalists are familiar with the values intertwined in the line above, which is also one of the core tenets of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. However, incorporating new and unique sources into diverse stories can be challenging in modern newsrooms where journalists are strapped for time and resources. On February 9 and 10, journalists from around the world gathered at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery for the conference “Cultures in Conflict: Navigating Cultural Difference in International Human Rights Reporting” to discuss how exactly to integrate diverse stories and amplify silenced or forgotten voices into news coverage.
What helps break the boredom of riding the bus from point A to point B? A poem of course! And what better way to share your talent with others in your community than to have one of your poems displayed on the bus! From modest origins less than a decade ago, and with the involvement of Edgewood College’s Graphic Design program, Metro Transit has teamed up with Madison’s Poet Laureate to sponsor a “Bilingual Bus Lines Poetry Contest.”1 Anyone of any age is invited to send short poems, haiku, prose poems, or excerpts of 3-5 lines from longer poems to the Bus Lines 2018 open call for poetry. Submissions can be made in English or Spanish. The theme this year is home: “What is that special thing (event, person, place) about Madison that makes you call it ‘home?’”
The Poet Laureate wades though the submissions and picks the top poems (30 poems were selected last year).
The final opportunity to share thoughts on the 2018 draft of the Future Land Use (FLU) map in Madison is approaching. As part of the Imagine Madison public listening campaign, the City of Madison is seeking input on long-term plans that focus on issues of equity, health, sustainability, and adaptability. With this in mind, the City of Madison developed the 2018 FLU map for Madison to designate areas for development efforts. “The map is not yet final and staff and the Plan Commission continue to listen to residents who have input, ideas, concerns about the FLU map,” Ledell Zellers member of the Madison City Council said. After reviewing public comments received in early 2017, the planning committee developed an updated version of the FLU map.