The project will be part of a larger development that would bring affordable workforce housing next to Graaskamp Park.
Creating a bridge between youths aging out of foster care and permanent housing is the goal of a federal Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant. “This opportunity and process will require radical imagination and hope,” said Briarpatch executive director Gloria Reyes.
Campus Area Neighborhood Association president Elias Tsarovsky makes sure students have a voice in policing, development and local government.
Local artist Simone Lawrence painted the mural in hopes it will spark conversations about racism in Madison, as well as lead white people to reflect on how to be allies for people of color.
More diversity, and strategies to revitalize the tourism industry, were key topics during a recent Cap Times Idea Fest panel.
"Whenever I look at sports I see white owners, white coaches, white media, white season ticket holders, Black players. That’s the filter through which so much of this is sent out to the public," said ESPN's Howard Bryant.
YWCA CEO Vanessa McDowell said that too often in Madison, people of color are forced to seek out dollars and help from the predominantly white-run City of Madison rather than be empowered (financially and otherwise) by organizations that serve people of color.
Access Community Health Centers, 100 Black Men of Madison, Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Centro Hispano of Dane County and NAMI Dane County were among the 183 recipients. An allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act provided the county with funding for the grants.
Organizers hope Madison's vibrant Black community will make the largest financial contributions for the excellence center.
“What makes this attractive is that you can convert a hotel to permanent housing much more quickly than you can go through the process of developing a new apartment building from start to finish,” said Jim O’Keefe, director of community development for Madison.