Patterns of Bayview
Designs by Boon Mee, Yim Laj, and Yee Lang, student artists on the Patterns of Passage project, members of Bayview's Community Arts Crew

Patterns of Bayview

Bayview Foundation is an affordable housing neighborhood in the heart of Madison. Their residents represent 12 different nationalities, constituting one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in this city. Over…

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Our Stories Share the Same Roots: A Community Mural Project
With fellow artist Gabriela Riveros and some of our students from Escuela Verde who worked on the mural.

Our Stories Share the Same Roots: A Community Mural Project

It's been a really good summer, in many ways. Full of laughter and play. Weekend trips. Camping. Outdoor excursions and inside jokes. Crackling fires. Summer pies. At the same time,…

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What God Looks Like

My mother once told me the story of a cartoon she saw in a newspaper some years ago, which explained God. In the cartoon, God is a faceless, featureless oval on a table. People come…

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Rules are made to be…
Flat Pictures of High Places - ink and watercolor drawing by Jenie Gao

Rules are made to be…

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I'm a lover of paradox, for those who didn't know, especially the man-made ones. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you need a parking permit to keep your car on the street at night.…

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Art and Leadership: the power and purpose of creativity
"The Substance of Your Beauty," ink and watercolor drawing by Jenie Gao

Art and Leadership: the power and purpose of creativity

I recently wrote an article called “The Myth of the Starving Artist—and what it can teach us about job security.” In it, I discuss how society’s attitude towards art parallels…

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The myth of the starving artist–and what it can teach us about job security
"The Light Within Us We Do Not Use," 20 x 30 in drawing, by Jenie Gao

The myth of the starving artist–and what it can teach us about job security

"What do you do?" This is the number one small talk question we ask people, on par with discussing the weather. It's a question we either don't care about at…

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