Editorial: A home for young artists
MADISON, Wis. — Pleasant Rowland has done it again. And again it’s not the size of the gift but the remarkable appropriateness of its focus and the nearly incalculable scope of its impact.
Rowland has a passion for young people, education and the arts, and she has again rolled all three into beneficiaries of her $20 million pledge to build the new Madison Youth Arts Center. The gift moves the project into the next stage of a capital campaign being facilitated by the Madison Community Foundation.
The new center, slated to open in 2020, will be among other things the permanent home of Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Youth Choirs.
A Community Foundation news release described Rowland’s pledge as a legacy gift, and it is that, though Rowland’s legacy was firmly established long ago. But the legacy of changing children’s lives, now that’s something wonderful to contemplate. And we once again say to Pleasant Rowland, thank you.
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