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All are welcome to pop behind Hawthorne Library to see Madison's first collection of large-scale outdoor murals created by multiple artists and teen groups - Madison Mural Alley
Murals are located behind Madison East Shopping Center and Hawthorne Library at 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704.
Similar to other "mural alley" locations around the world, the space was selected not for its central location, but more as a hidden surprise destination for the community.
Madison Mural Alley was created by 5 artists and artist teams in collaboration with local Madison teens. The project originated from the Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood Planning process, where City of Madison planners asked Madison East Shopping Center owners, Greg Rice and John Brigham, if they'd be open to hosting a community art and placemaking exercise to welcome community input for options. Their agreement, resulted in a design charrette with members of the neighborhood at Hawthorne Library in August 2016.
The project was organized by The Bubbler at Madison Public Library with funding from the Madison Arts Commission.
Special thanks to the site property owners EMI Enterprise Management, Gingrich Construction for the scaffolding, and countless volunteers and community members who helped make this a reality.
Just as countless inspiring works fill the shelves of our libraries, there are many stories you can share with us about Madison Public Library. So what's your library story? Tell us!
Submit your library story at: mplfoundation.org/stories/submit
In June, Madison Public Library and University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives collaborated to gather stories from attendees of the Madison Reunion. The event invited alumni from the 1960s to come and share their memories, stories, and reflections of their time on campus. Bert Rosengarten took some time to share his recollections of the cultural atmosphere in Madison from 1966 to 1970 and his part in the blues music scene.
Expand your collections at home - and support your local library! Mark your calendars for these upcoming book sales, featuring hundreds of items from books to movies and beyond.
Did you know Meadowridge Library offers cooking classes for children, adults, and families? Join other community members in the kitchen as you learn techniques and recipes from local chefs.
Registration required. Look closely at each event's details for information about how to register.
Earlier this summer, Madison Public Library and University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives collaborated to gather stories from attendees of the Madison Reunion. This event invited alumni from the 1960s to come and share their memories, stories, and reflections of their time on campus. One of those alums, Joan Lowery, took the opportunity to share her memories of “empowerment and urgency,” reflecting on today’s social atmosphere.
Madison Public Library is proud to be a safe place for immigrants and refugees.
The library can offer phone interpreter services and immigrant rights information. And we can connect folks to resources and community organizations that offer further assistance.
Learn more at madisonpubliclibrary.org/immigration
Ahoy shipbuilders! Anchors away for the first annual Bubbler Regatta! Create your own mini vessels from recycled materials, test their seaworthiness, and race against your friends down our rain gutter course you may have to supply your own wind. Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Beat the heat with a free summer movie night at the library! We've got fan favorites, lesser-known films, powerful documentaries, and movies the whole family can enjoy.