Creative 2022

Features:

Have you noticed Black artists are finally receiving the attention they deserve?
Robert A. Reed wants the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to be more accessible to the entire community.
Dirty. Funky. Useless. Those were the initial thoughts Austen Brantley possessed when he first touched blob of clay.
Michael Ford, AIA, known worldwide as The Hip-Hop Architect, has been named one of three “Young Architects of the Year” by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Calling all artists!

Put your artwork on a UMOJA cover! Works selected will fit the monthly editorial topic and reflect the county’s unique stories, history, and people.

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Creative 2022 – The Art Whisperers

Cover: Illustration:The Journey Artist:Michael Ward



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Calling for Societal Change Through the Arts and. How a New Black ART Renaissance is HERE

Have you noticed Black artists are finally receiving the attention they deserve?



As Madison Symphony Orchestra Celebrates its 97th Season, History is Made

Robert A. Reed wants the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to be more accessible to the entire community.



Self-Taught Black Sculptor Austen Brantley Is Taking the World By Storm: My ‘work has a resemblance of emotional scars’

Dirty. Funky. Useless. Those were the initial thoughts Austen Brantley possessed when he first touched blob of clay.



Michael Ford named Wisconsin Young Architect of the Year

Michael Ford, AIA, known worldwide as The Hip-Hop Architect, has been named one of three “Young Architects of the Year” by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.



Michael Ward’s inquiries into the Absurd

For the self-taught artist Michael Ward, creating vivid and colorful pen and pencil drawings means reflecting about his inner life.



Honorable Reverend Everett D. Mitchell Shares Lesson in Persistence and Faith

Before being elected to the bench, Judge Mitchell served as Director of Community Relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Resonates on American Players Theatre Stage

An immensely moving portrayal of a Black family on Chicago's south side struggling to realize the dream of a better life and demand dignity,



Wellness Equates to Abundance. Claim It.

On any given day, you can find Keena Atkinson teaching yoga, leading a WERQ class, making and selling waist beads, recording and editing podcasts, managing her multi-family housing property, or a combination of those things.



Black Wisconsin Writes 

Whether contemplating the Black experience through poetry, novels, articles or books, Madison plays host to some amazing writers.



4 Ways To Unleash Your Inner Artist

Everyone has an inner artist, but not everyone has been lucky enough to develop their skills.



8th Annual Urban League Unity Picnic Held at Southwest Employment Center

Camaraderie overflowed at this year’s Urban League Unity Picnic.



Introducing Orquesta SalSoul Del Mad: 

Ever been reluctantly dragged off the couch for a night out with friends and end up having the remarkably great time?



‘We will be talking about it for years to come:’ 

A sense of lively energy and community washed over the Overture Center as hundreds of guests clad in white attended the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County White Party event on Saturday, July 16.



The Disappearing Mocktail 

Not only are these drinks great for the days you need a drink and your kids are begging for a sip, but they make great cocktails for parties, celebrations, and birthdays where kids will be.



Chicago Style Hamburger

Inspired by the city in Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun, this recipe does not disappoint.



UMOJA SHORTS — Creative 2022

First African American Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Tony Burrell retires after 32-year career Spectrum News 1 After more than three decades on the job, July 8 marks the final day [...]