Artists transform Madison with murals

DAMA and smART programs add vibrant color to...
Artists transform Madison with murals
Vibrant statement: The new mural at Zion City Community Outreach Center. Artists Alicia Rheal and Emida Roller took part in creating the project.

Across Madison, the sides of buildings are becoming spots where art connects with community and sustainability, creating powerful visions of a bright future.

Dane Arts Mural Arts, a program of Dane County Cultural Affairs that brings together artists, youth and community members to collaborate on murals and spark positive change in their neighborhoods, turned its attention this summer to Zion City Community Outreach Center on Madison’s south side. Under the direction of DAMA director Sharon Kilfoy, artists transformed the back of the building into a scene of bold rays bursting from a globe and the words “We Belong To Each Other” declaring a message of connectedness and hope. This is one of a half-dozen murals DAMA has created across the Madison area.

Over in the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood on the city’s east side, Sustain Dane’s smART [sustainability + madison + art] initiative added a vibrant scene to the Salvation Army’s brick exterior. smART partnered with DAMA, with Kilfoy leading a group of artists and community members in rendering a scene of a man riding a bike on a yellow path that winds through blooming trees in a vibrant neighborhood.