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Madison, WI

Madison Mural Alley

 
 Photo taken by Jennifer Bastian at the Madison Mural Alley Opening Celebration behind Hawthorne Library.

Photo taken by Jennifer Bastian at the Madison Mural Alley Opening Celebration behind Hawthorne Library.

Madison Mural Alley was created by five artists & artist teams in collaboration with local Madison teens. The project originated from the Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood Planning process where City of Madison Planners asked Madison East Shopping Center owners, Greg Rice and John Brigham, if they‘d be open to hosting a community art and placemaking exercise to welcome community input for options. Their agreement, resulted in a design charrette with members of the neighborhood at Hawthorne Library in August of 2016. The project was organized by The Bubbler at Madison Public Library with funding from the Madison Arts Commission.

Special thanks to the site property owners EMI Enterprise Management, Gingrich Construction for the scaffolding, and countless volunteers, and community members who helped to make this a reality!

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5 artists, 5 TEEN groups, 5 murals, 1 location

Mural #1: Better Together
Flavia Zimbardi / Caetano Calomino / Henrique Nardi
Dane County Juvenile Detention Center

This mural was designed and painted by the Brazilian (Brooklyn based) artist team of Zimbardi & Calomino along with Brazilian (Madison based) artist, Henrique Nardi. The phrase Better Together comes from the idea that while there are many things that work to divide people in our society (from political view points to fences in our backyards) it is good to be reminded that we can accomplish more when we work together. Nardi worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center on type-based workshops in relation to this mural.

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Mural #2: Squeeze The life outta Lemons
Amos Paul Kennedy (Kennedy Prints)
Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood Teens & Other MADISON Teens

This mural was designed by Detroit based artist Amos Paul Kennedy and painted by a huge number of volunteers and Bubbler staff along with artist Andy Villanueva, taking a lead role on the painting. The text all comes from multiple Teen Bubbler workshops ranging from song writing to letterpress with the main layer of text being written by James Horton Jr. (SooDoNiM), Jalen McCullough (Protégé the Pro), Corey Dean (Soup the Fifth) and Tyler Brunsell (Worthy).

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Mural #3: Canto a Madison
CULTURA CORAZON, Richie Morales
Dane county Juvenile Court Shelter Home

This mural was designed and painted by Guatemala/Madison based artist Richie Morales. Richie worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home to interpret the joy of summer in Madison. Morales says “I integrated their symbols of birds, flowers and houses with my own of the black musician. In my experience so much of what is celebrated as U.S. mainstream culture, music and art has a black origin much of the time left unsung, so this is our “Canto a Madison”

Mural #4: East Side of madison
Pete Hodapp
Capitol High School

This mural was designed and painted by Viroqua based artist Pete Hodapp. Pete worked with teens at Capitol High during multiple workshops to research and depict the history of Madison’s East Side. Depictions include Ray-O-Vac workers, U.S. Sugar/Garver Feed, Effigy Mounds, Ella’s Deli’s Carousel, and the main image of Freddie Mae Hill who was the first African-American resident of Madison to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Mural #5: Run the world
Lesley Anne Numbers
Goodman Community Center Girls Inc.

This mural was designed and painted by Madison based artist Lesley Numbers. Lesley worked with teens from Goodman Community Center Girls Inc. to design a mural that was inspired by sources as varied as A Wrinkle in Time, March for Our Lives, and Beyoncé. Many mural-planning sessions revolved around current topics the teens felt passionate about as well as conversations around the theme of what it means to take care of yourself, your environment and of one another.

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