Editorial: Phoenix from ashes grant
MADISON, Wis. — Well this one is just plain creative. The tenth monthly grant the Madison Community Foundation is gifting this community to celebrate its 75th anniversary makes something out of nothing, something beautiful, out of ash trees that have to be cut down because of an emerald ash borer infection that stops infecting the wood when it’s cut down.
The grant will enable the Madison Parks Department, Madison Arts Commission and Wisconsin Urban Wood to mill the trees and make the wood available to local nonprofits, schools and artists to turn into construction or sculpture or who knows what. Some of the money will be available for individual artists. Some will go to youth internships. Some will build needed furniture for nonprofits.
This whole Year of Giving celebration has been fascinating. But think about it: combining available resources with willing donors to make a community impact. Remind you of anyone? Madison Community Foundation perhaps?
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