Thursday, September 11, 2014

Building better neighborhoods with art

This press release just arrived in my inbox. I'm super stoked to see projects like this taking off in Madison, and especially being utilized by traditionally under-served neighborhoods and communities. Check it, and help out if you can:

Sustain Dane Paints a Sustainable Future with Darbo-Worthington Neighbors

September 9, Madison, WI – Community Paint Days for smART [sustainability + Madison + art] in Darbo-Worthington.

Fall 2014:
Friday September 12th 4-7PM
Friday September 26th 4-7PM 

Weekly paint days on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6PM; Starting 9/16
Salvation Army, 3030 Darbo Dr (Meeting at front of Salvation Army or in Annex)

Neighbors of Darbo-Worthington present Sustain Dane’s smART [sustainability + madison + art]: in partnership with the Madison Mural Program. smART is a major community-based art initiative designed to engage Madison neighborhoods in envisioning a sustainable, just, and healthy future for their own communities.

On July 29th, Sustain Dane, along with neighborhood organizations, brought residents of Madison's Darbo-Worthington neighborhood together around a simple question: what does a healthy, happy neighborhood look like?

We couldn't have anticipated the response. Dozens of community members of all ages, ethnicities, genders and socio-economic backgrounds came out to work together to envision a sustainable neighborhood.

Led by lead artist Sharon Kilfoy of the Madison Mural Program, the neighborhood design team has created a visual representation of the neighborhood's ideas from July 29th.

This week - we're starting to paint this design on panels for a larger-than-life mural. Let's paint our vision of a sustainable future. We invite you to join us and grab a paint brush, cover this important event, or call us to learn more.

Contact: Lauren Beriont, Sustain Dane 608.819.0689
Communtiy Liasons for this important project include but are not limited to: The Salvation Army, Mentoring Positives, WOW (Women of Worthington), The Worthington Park Neighborhood Association and Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Program. Thank you to Dane Arts, The Madison Arts Commission, and the WI Arts Board for supporting this project in 2014.

About Sustain Dane:  Sustain Dane believes that the Greater Madison Region can become national model for sustainability and sustainability innovation. Sustain Dane works towards this vision by fostering and supporting a rich and diverse community of sustainability champions across many sectors of society. To learn more about our current programs and initiatives, please visit Sustain Dane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Meep! natch.

I love this artist so much, but seriously, Madison, anyone else wanna step up their game? I feel like Meep is the only one doing anything with any kind of regularity these days.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ziggy Gets Art

Ziggy the cat is a Willy Street institution, a sort of feline ambassador of the neighborhood. Because of course that 'hood has a resident friendly kitty--especially one that gets his own street art, courtesy of the ever-prolific Meep. Photo from the Ziggy the Cat Facebook page. You can get a t-shirt with his face on it now, too.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Community Mural Love

A much-needed splash of color just got added to the (formerly) big white wall on the side of the Plan B nightclub on Williamson St.

Let the Willy Street Blog tell you all about it. The work was done by Baltimore-based artist Michael Owen, and brought about by lots of community effort:
The Baltimore Love Mural is the second mural to go up on a wall in the neighborhood in as many years as part of the Marquette Neighborhood Association’s (MNA) Murals on Private Property initiative. Michael Owen, who stayed with MNA Arts & Culture Committee Co-Chair Sharon Kilfoy while in town, said he knew he was in the right place when he saw Panmela Castro’s “The Siamese Twins” on Willy Street Co-op East.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Proper gentledogs

Meep again. Paste-up at the corner of Ingersol and Willy. And the inevitable dong graffiti on the gentleman dog, too.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The prettiest monster in the deep ocean

Another piece by one of our most prolific Madison street artists (or collective, I've heard conflicting rumors), Meep! On the side of Mother Fools, natch. Such a pretty, pretty deep sea creature!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The face of the Yahara River bridge

This fella currently stares up at cyclists and pedestrians on the bridge over the Yahara River by O'Keefe.