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UW South Madison Partnership to host Community Celebration this afternoon

Ashad McLean (right) listens to Olympia Mathiaparanam, research specialist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, at a Lakeshore Nature Preserve education table during a UW-Madison South Madison Community Partnership event held in Villager Mall on Park Street on Sept. 12, 2019. The event provided community members from the Southside Madison neighborhood the opportunity to meet with various program representatives from UW-Madison and enjoy a meal together. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
The greater Madison community is invited to the UW South Madison Partnership (SMP) this afternoon to help celebrate its third annual Community Celebration, a family-friendly event will feature a complimentary food truck, music, games, face painting, and a visit from Bucky Badger.

The event will also showcase new murals by local artist and UW alumna Lilada Gee that are now visible throughout the space and an exhibit of photos of South Madison by photographer Hedi Rudd. Mark Espanol, current Odyssey Project student and alumnus of Odyssey Beyond Bars, will DJ the celebration live.

“The relationship between UW–Madison and our surrounding community continues to grow and deepen,” says Brenda González, UW–Madison’s director of community relations, in a statement. “We’re excited to celebrate the South Madison Partnership’s bigger, better space and to finally welcome everyone inside to see what’s happening.”

There will be brief remarks at 4:30 p.m. given by UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, followed by words from local community leaders including Madison Alder Sheri Carter, Dane County Judge Everett Mitchell, and poet Dr. Fabu Carter.

UW South Madison Partnership Space
(Photo by David Dahmer)

The UW South Madison Partnership opened in 2015 to connect UW–Madison with an area of the city whose residents historically have had less access to university programs and resources. It is currently home to several nonprofit organizations, including Madison365, and works with campus partners across eight schools and colleges, five divisions and two institutes, in addition to the Division of Extension.


UW South Madison Partnership Community Celebration will be held today, 4-7 p.m. at the SMP space at the Village on Park, 2238 S. Park St. For more information about the celebration, click here.