Storm drain paintings aim to educate

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Storm drain paintings aim to educate

Members of DAMA helped Waunakee students finish painting the storm drain on May 17. They first made an outline of the design in chalk and paint, before students came out to finish the painting, which included messages on the sides of the structure.

In an effort to get people to stop throwing trash and pollutants into storm drains, where rain can carry such harmful materials out to area lakes, rivers and streams, a new program in Dane County has students painting murals on them to draw attention to the issue.

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Westside students to paint storm drain mural May 22

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Westside students to paint storm drain mural May 22

“Public art is an amazingly effective learning/teaching tool — students involved in the design will become natural advocates and informed stewards, and their vibrant artwork will draw attention and inspire action around this important effort to protect local waters,” a statement from DAMA to the city reads. “DAMA will be working with a total of 10 schools this spring to design and paint murals on storm drain inlets across the county.”

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Mt. Horeb students create art & awareness with mental wellness mural

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Mt. Horeb students create art & awareness with mental wellness mural

They believed creating art could create awareness of mental health at their school...and in the community beyond. Fellow senior Lexi Ricci said, "It kind of sparked me, and Kristen, and Taylor Roys to think about what we can do to bring light to this...to bring awareness, and also to help others while we're doing it. There are so many people who are suffering in silence with mental health disorders."

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Major building projects lie ahead in 2018

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Major building projects lie ahead in 2018

Dane Arts Mural Arts guided the village through the Main Street mural project last summer, and in 2018 will explore the possibility of murals around storm drains to remind residents to be mindful of stormwater runoff effects.

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A ‘love note’ to Waunakee

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A ‘love note’ to Waunakee

After the Dane Arts Mural Arts artists created the design, they brought it in pieces to Waunakee High School, where art students painted it on a fabric called polytab. The sections were then applied to the west facing façade of the Waunakee Furniture building, and a protective coating was then applied.

Beth Roberts, Waunakee High School art teacher, added that about 45 student arts participated in the painting.

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Monona mural to be dedicated in Saturday ceremony

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Monona mural to be dedicated in Saturday ceremony

A 120-foot long mural measuring 8 feet tall and covering two walls of a city building will be dedicated Saturday. Ceremonies will begin at noon at Monona Well No. 3 at 6500 Raywood Road (across from South Towne Mall).

The mural celebrates the water and Native American heritage of the community.

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Dane Arts murals brighten up the city

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Dane Arts murals brighten up the city

“The fact that we’ve done as many murals as we have in such a short amount of time,” Kilfoy said, “we’ve been so focused on community building, partnership building, working with at-risk youth that we haven’t done as much infrastructure building as we need to.

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Main St. mural in the making

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Main St. mural in the making

Alicia Rheal is the lead artist on the project, and said she designed the mural from photographs of Waunakee at the time.

“It’s better than I could have ever thought,” Taylor said, adding later, “It’s beautiful. The faces are amazing.”

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Students gear up for all-city mural

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Students gear up for all-city mural

Overseeing the project will be Sharon Kilfoy, DAMA director, and DAMA lead artists Alicia Rheal and Emida Roller. The three have independently worked on several murals over the years, with joint projects in Madison, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and other communities.

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Verona Area School District EA students help create bird murals

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Verona Area School District EA students help create bird murals

Among the students painting the morning of Friday, Nov. 11, two were finishing up a collaborative project of a large bird, another was putting the final touches on her raven and Lea VanHook was discovering her talent for painting, which she said she didn’t know she had before.

“I’ve learned more about myself through this,” VanHook said. “I’ve been down here like every single hour of the day.”

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Dane Arts Mural Arts Map

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Dane Arts Mural Arts Map

While we are helping DAMA document and photograph murals in Dane County, we think it would be very valuable to put them on the map so that people know where the murals are.

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Featuring local art in local businesses around the Madison Area

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Featuring local art in local businesses around the Madison Area

In 2013, SAIL West students began a mural project with the guidance of local artists Sharon Kilfoy.  Sharon’s relationship with many of the students had already been forged at Centro Hispano, where SAIL West transition class had been volunteering time painting murals.  The idea for SAIL West students to create a mural to be displayed at West High was born of this relationship, and gave students an opportunity to showcase their talents and give back to their school. This mural was dedicated in May of 2014.

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