Community celebrates opening of Madison Municipal Building after major historical renovation, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 9; Municipal Restored, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Dec. 4. Dane County preparing to house juveniles closer to home, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, Dec. 9.
Madison shifts site for public market, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 1. Alder David Ahrens, Judge Doyle Square critic, won't seek reelection, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Nov. 29. Just one driver ticketed in first year of Madison's anti-idling ordinance, Logan Wroge, WSJ, Nov.
Describe a time when you felt like a part of your identity (your race, your gender, your job) was being profiled or stereotyped. What was the experience and how did it make you feel? That was the question for residents and police who attended a listening circle on the North Side of Madison on Wednesday night. As the night wore on it became clear that everyone has a story about how they’ve been made to feel profiled. Stereotyped.
The Mellowhood Foundation’s Summer Initiative is a paid summer program in the southwest Madison Meadowood neighborhood that teaches a large age-range of children about independence and real-world responsibilities. The initiative draws on the knowledge students already have from school, while also teaching them skills such as independence and self-determination. Mellowhood student Amaria has learned valuable lessons through the program, such as “working hard, getting good grades, and failing from time to time.”
The initiative focuses on team-building through activities such as gardening and group prayer. Students work together to develop menu plans using the food they grow and are served lunch and dinner. There is also an emphasis on helping students improve in core academic subjects like math, science, and English.
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. Hannah Nowakowski, Sierra Club Foundation-John Muir Chapter
Hannah Nowakowski has been an invaluable member to the Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter. As a student intern for the organization, Hannah showed a strong commitment to the organization’s goals of protecting natural areas and promoting responsible use of the earth’s resources. Through her work as an intern, Hannah has helped champion efforts to move Wisconsin away from energy production that depends on dangerous oil pipelines.
They call themselves Las Hormigas Bordadoras, or the Embroidering Ants, for their town, San Francisco Tanivet in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which their ancestors called “the town of the ants.”
They work with materials beloved in the U.S. — quilting and embroidery — but their “story cloths,” layered with patterned fabric and stitched words, tell stories that many Americans never hear: stories of the dangers and heartbreak of migration. And for the last week, two of these five artists have been in Madison sharing their work. A Warm Reception
At a reception in October at Central Library, visitors pored over the framed cloth scenes, which have been on display since August, and hundreds of quilted squares covering the tables. Many portrayed just one or two small human figures separated by a vast desert, border wall or the impassable distance between migrants and their homes. Border crossing and the necessity of migration are heavy topics for the Hormigas.
The City of Madison's Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee has completed phase one of potential special area plan elements of the strategic assessment for the reuse of the former Oscar Mayer headquarters and food production facility. The initial phase consisted of regional positioning analysis, public participation on the key issues, future vision and redevelopment objectives of the location, and examination of the existing conditions in the area of the Oscar Mayer plant. The Oscar Mayer plant was forced to end production in 2017, and the plant employed more than 4,000 workers in Madison at its peak. The vision developed by Madison officials leverages the corridor’s “unmatched infrastructure capacity and location between the airport and downtown to rise as a regional economic hub. Physically and economically woven into the diverse surrounding neighborhoods, the transit-oriented, employment centered, mixed-use district is now the inclusive gathering hub of the northside.”
The redevelopment objectives from of the area are to maintain housing affordability and minimize displacement, to leverage the corridor’s existing infrastructure and building stock, and to ensure economic recovery boosts diversity in ownership and local businesses.
Artists from a Madison-based veteran art collaborative have planned a month-long exhibition of contemporary veteran art set to take place throughout November. The exhibition, called “In Good Company: An Exposition of Contemporary Veteran Art,” was organized by Yvette Pino and Ash Kyrie with the Veteran Print Project. According to Pino, founder of the Veteran Print Project, the exhibition will use several modes of art to visualize the many, varying experiences of veterans in the United States. Pino said the project, which features work from dozens of artists, veteran and non-veteran alike, aims to “bridge the gap” between civilians and veterans. “This project is a way to use visual art to prompt conversation, about not only the military experience, but about shared human experience,” Pino said.
The November 6 general election is fast-approaching, and it’s a big one. County, state and federal offices are up on the ballot, including the governor’s office, state legislature, and Congressional representatives and U.S. senators. But, some states, including Wisconsin, are accused of suppressing voter turnout through repressive voter ID laws, which could impact election results. Wisconsin’s voter ID law, passed in 2011 after Republicans took control of the state legislature and the governor’s office, is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country. The law requires citizens to show a photo ID and provide proof of residence before exercising their right to vote.
The Madison Weavers Guild is sponsoring the 33rd semiannual Spring Fine Art & Craft Sale at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Local weaving craftspeople will exhibit their colorful wares on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and at the event you can shop for affordable artwork created by more than 40 Wisconsin artisans. At the Spring Fine Art & Craft Sale you can find fiber, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, drawings, sculptures, garden art, wearables and more. The Spring Fine Art & Craft Sale allows people to become acquainted with the work of local artists, who will be showcasing their artwork. The Madison Weavers guild was established over 60 years ago, and has over the years provided help to people that are interested to learn about the art of weaving and discuss weaving’s challenges and joys.