The Power of Art

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The Power of Art

A hardscrabble neighborhood is envisioning a better future, embodied in a beautiful mural unveiled last Friday.

Titled “Awakening,” the painted mural on the side of the Salvation Army building in the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood on Madison’s east side was painted by local children and neighborhood members.

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Dane County launches countywide mural project to provide opportunities for at-risk youth

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Dane County launches countywide mural project to provide opportunities for at-risk youth

Dane County officials and community members have recently begun work on the Dane Arts Mural Arts project, a collaborative effort aimed to train young artists and beautify neighborhoods in the Madison area.

"Arts are transformative to communities, they can create a sense of belonging for youth by beautifying communities and creating ownership of neighborhoods," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a June 5 statement following DAMA's first public workshop. "This is a wonderful opportunity to engage youth while bringing together community members."

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Dane County launches countywide mural making program for at-risk youth

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Dane County launches countywide mural making program for at-risk youth

The purpose of the Dane Arts Mural Arts program, an offshoot of Dane County Cultural Affairs (Dane Arts), is to use mural making to engage at-risk youth. The program aims to train 20-30 students and five to six artists in mural making per year, with a goal of completing three or four projects annually. In addition to learning mural making techniques, students will receive job-readiness training and support in portfolio development.

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Dane County Mural Program

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Dane County Mural Program

Sharon Kilfoy, owner of the Willy Street Art Center, joins Tony Castaneda in the studio to talk about a county-wide mural program to be developed in partnership with Dane Arts.

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New Mural Project Comes To Dane County

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New Mural Project Comes To Dane County

The Mural Arts project, created by the organization Dane Arts, will hire community residents to help paint murals on the numerous public buildings across Dane County. Along the way, organizers hope it will bring people together to talk about what a healthy community should look and feel like.

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New Mural Project Comes to Dane County

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New Mural Project Comes to Dane County

A new mural project in Dane County will strive to bring communities together by transforming blank walls into colorful pieces of art.

The Mural Arts project, created by the organization Dane Arts, will hire community residents to help paint murals on the numerous public buildings across Dane County. Along the way, organizers hope it will bring people together to talk about what a healthy community should look and feel like.

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Public art program planned for South Madison

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Public art program planned for South Madison

South side residents will have the chance to collaboratively paint two murals this spring and summer as part of a neighborhood project hosted by Dane Arts Mural Arts in partnership with Sustain Dane's program smART (Sustainability + Madison + Art).

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Bright Ideas 2015: Lynn Lee

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Bright Ideas 2015: Lynn Lee

My bright idea for 2015 would be that Madison neighborhoods and elected officials throw their full support behind the Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) program. It is an initiative to create and place public art on buildings and walls throughout Dane County. DAMA artists will work with and in both urban and rural communities in an effort to build community engagement and transform the visual landscape in which we live and work. We would all benefit from its success.

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