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Expansion of the Meadowridge Library and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center (MNC). Approved by City of Madison Common Council and the Madison Library Board. Expansion of these two facilities located in the Meadowood Shopping Center has been approved by the Madison Common Council and the Madison Library Board. Both of these sites have been limited in their capacity to serve Southwest Madison. Planning includes relocation of the Meadowridge Library to the larger space vacated the Ace Hardware and of the MNC to the space currently occupied by the Library. Additionally, space vacated by MNC between the two new locations will be shared by the Library and MNC. The Library and the MNC spaces on average will each be increased in size by about 70% and will be more specifically designed to meet their needs. Also, approval requires the community to raise $30,000 in donations to assist in funding this project. Currently, the Madison Library Foundation is conducting a funding campaign to raise at least $100,000 in donations for project funding and future support of the library. The Friends of Meadowridge Library are providing $10,000 in funds to match donations.
To find out more about this project and for donation information, please go to:
Meadowridge Library’s Art Project. Funded by a Public Arts Projects grant from the Madison Arts Commission, Artist Victor Castro will create a sculpture in collaboration with the Madison community to be installed in the new Meadowridge Library as part of the rebuild process. Castro will create and install what he calls a “community-generated sculpture” in the walkway of the new library made by used empty Tetra Pak boxes, the material used for cartons of liquid foods like broth or shelf stable milk.
“Community engagement and teamwork are crucial to each of the projects, as the people we collaborate with gather, process, and transform materials, building a sculpture piece by piece, while also making decisions about the final result,” says Castro. “Each member of the community chooses her or his own level of involvement in the projects, all are welcome”
This sculpture will create a magnetic and interactive entry point for the new library once it’s expansion is complete in 2014.
Castro is currently hosting workshops to involve the public in design and preparing materials for the new work. Community members are invited to participate in each stage of the process from design, to material collection, and installation. Watch the Bubbler Calendar for opportunities to be involved.
For more, see http://madisonbubbler.org/meadowridge-art-project/
UPDATE! Neighborhood Center on Theresa Terrace in Southwest Madison approved by Madison Common Council. On February 26, 2013, the Madison Common Council approved the the purchase of a duplex on Theresa Terrace to function as a Neighborhood Center for the Hammersley/Theresa Terrace Area. This purchase was a major victory for the Theresa Terrace/Hammersley Road Neighborhood Group, a Southwest Madison grassroots group facilitated by SWMCO. The Neighborhood Center will offer programming for all age levels to the Hammersley/Theresa Terrace area and surrounding Southwest Madison community. The center is to act a a gathering place for change in the neighborhood with a focus on after-school and weekend programming for the neighborhood youth as well as select programming for adults. Development of the Center facilities is currently in the hands of an architecture firm with a decision as to whether or not to remodel the structure currently on the site or to construct a new facility. Currently,
the Center is expected to be open by September or October of 2014.
Meadowood Front Yard Gardens (FYGs) becomes Gardens for Empowerment (G4E)
The Front Yard Gardens (FYGs) project that has been going on in Meadowood since 2009 has a new name. It is now called Gardens for Empowerment (G4E). Because FYGs has been successful in Meadowood, other neighborhoods around Dane County want Front Yard Gardens in their neighborhood too. This summer, the project is being expanded to Brentwood on the north side of Madison.
Southwest Madison Community Partners and UW-Madison Collaborators Recognized by a UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Award
On June 12, 2013, the UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Awards were presented at a reception at Olin House, the official residence of the University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor. Among those receiving awards was the partnership between neighborhood leaders representing the five neighborhoods under the SWMCO umbrella, Southwest Youth leaders from Youth Empowering Solutions (YES) and Meadowood Youth Advisory Board, Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) and UW-Madison faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, School of Human Ecology, School of Education and School of Social Work.
The Community-University Partnership Awards recognize the work of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students, along with community partners as they address pressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region. In thanking these community partners, the awards highlight exemplary partnerships that get to the heart of the Wisconsin Idea: community members and UW-Madison personnel working collaboratively to transform the campus and community for the public good. The awards are sponsored by UW-Madison’s Office of Community Relations and Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network, with support from the Office of the Chancellor and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.
Reference: University of Wisconsin-Madison News
Our background photos represent the four seasons of the year. To view the full background photo click here (Rain Garden on Barton Road).