Social Justice Center "PEACE" Mural

$1,060 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 23 months
Sharon Kilfoy  MADISON, WI
Please help a new mural come to life on Willy St!

A new mural honoring the life of Tony Robinson and others with connections to the Willy St neighborhood who have died through violence was approved Monday May 11 by the Landmarks Commission for the rear of the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St. 

The mural will be a celebration of life on Willy Street. It will depict no violence, no guns, no 'RIP.' It will show people in happy moments - skateboarding, sitting on the front porch, playing the guitar - activities anyone in the neighborhood would do.  The mural is being administered by the Williamson Street Art Center.

The lead artist for the mural will be Madison artist Kelty Carew, who has worked on collaborative murals and public memorials professionally for more than 10 years. Shadayra Kilfoy-Flores will lead mosaic work. 

Funds raised will be used for honorariums for the artists, for food and supplies for neighborhood and Wil-Mar youth who will work on the mural and for related expenses. The mural will be completed over the summer, with public painting days to be announced.

Anyone interested in participating in the mural should contact Sharon Kilfoy. Family members who are interested in having their loved one included in the muralare encouraged to contact Kilfoy.
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Update 4
Posted by Sharon Kilfoy
19 months ago
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Hi everyone,
Over the summer, the Social Justice Center "PEACE" mural morphed into 6 art installations - the mural, a mosaic, granite engravings, a labyrinth painted on the parking lot pavement, "PEACE" tiles made by children at the Madison Children's Museum and photo portraits of friends and family members of those who were lost to violence.
The work was laborious at first, as the artists worked with family members who had lost loved ones. As of now, 8 individuals with ties to the Willy St neighborhood are being depicted. All families have participated in the design of the mural and many have helped work on the mural, the mosaic and the tiles.
Not all components of the work is complete, but we feel that enough is finished to have a celebration of the art installations. Next Saturday, October 3, we will have a gathering in the rear of the Social Justice Center from 2pm to 5 pm. Hope to see you there!
P.S. I will send photos soon - in the meantime, here is a story from this evening's Wisconsin State Journal - http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/around-town-mural-helps-family-members-find-beauty-through-pain/article_bfd834a2-0391-5b23-a245-c0d159643d58.html

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Update 3
Posted by Sharon Kilfoy
22 months ago
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Today we had the first "community conversation" with friends and family of people with connections to the Willy St neighborhood who have died through violence. It was a very moving experience. I have never felt prouder to be an artist.
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Update 2
Posted by Sharon Kilfoy
23 months ago
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Almost there!!! Please spread the word and help us reach the goal.
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Update 1
Posted by Sharon Kilfoy
23 months ago
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It looks like we will be getting some backing from other sources, so we are seeking less funds from GoFundMe. Even so, your support is important so that this project goes forward. Thanks so all who have contributed so far!
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$1,060 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 23 months
Created May 12, 2015
TP
$30
Tom Powell
19 months ago
MM
$30
Meg Miller
19 months ago
BD
$280
Brian Dunleavy
19 months ago

This project is very meaningful to our family. Thank you to everyone involved.

BC
$50
Betty Custer
23 months ago
AD
$20
Abby Davidson
23 months ago
KH
$50
Kira Hicks
23 months ago
CR
$100
Caitlin Reichelderfer
23 months ago
$10
Anonymous
23 months ago
$10
Anonymous
23 months ago
CR
$100
Christine and Glen Reichelderfer
23 months ago
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