Mayor Soglin's Blog

Tag: Community Building

May 25, 2016 11:05 AM

Recently Sara and I were invited to visit one of Madison's sister cities, Obihiro Japan, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our sister city relationship. Our trip was packed full of activity. We had the opportunity to meet with several Obihiro officials, among them were Mayor Norihisa … [read more]

May 10, 2016 3:27 PM

You may have seen a recent Public Service Announcement that was created in partnership with the Black Leadership Council of Greater Madison and the City of Madison called Stop the Violence.  The announcement brings together community members to discuss the consequences that come from … [read more]

April 15, 2016 12:28 PM

ShredFest 2016 is here in time for your spring cleaning! If you have documents at home containing personal or confidential information that you need to get rid of, be sure to come out to Access Information Management on Friday, April 22nd between 10 am and 3 pm or Saturday, April 23rd between 9 … [read more]

April 5, 2016 3:43 PM

Madison’s first ever Maker Faire is coming to the Monona Terrace on Saturday, May 14th, 2016! If you are not familiar, the Maker Faire brings together “makers” of all kinds, including tech enthusiasts, scientists, crafters, or inventors, for an exciting showcase! The event begins at 10 am and … [read more]

March 8, 2016 11:14 AM

Recently I joined 100 Black Men of Madison President, Dr. Floyd Rose; Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Cheatham; United Way of Dane County President and CEO, Renee Moe; Police Chief Mike Koval; County Executive Joe Parisi; Journey Mental Health Executive Director, … [read more]

February 3, 2016 3:18 PM

Every year the Madison Public Library spends the month of February celebrating Black History Month with a series of events and this year is no exception. The Black History Month Kickoff with Fabu, the first event of the series, will be held at the Goodman South Madison Library on Friday, … [read more]

January 7, 2016 4:40 PM

If you are looking for some family-friendly fun on Saturday, January 9th be sure to head over to the North Central Regional Council of Carpenters' "Kids Build" weekend workshop! The free two-hour workshop from 10 am to noon invites children, ages 5-12, to make wood projects at the carpenter … [read more]

December 23, 2015 4:05 PM

Every year the City of Madison looks forward to participating in the ‘Host a Family’ program for the holidays. Interested city agencies are assigned a family by Dane County Human Services. The agency then receives the family’s wish list, collects donations within their department, and shops for … [read more]

November 23, 2015 4:36 PM

The 26th Annual Centro Hispano Celebration, Our Community Matters this past weekend, was a wonderful event with hundreds of people gathered to honor the organization and individual honorees. Karen Coller Menendez has been an incredible leader and Centro, she, and her staff have made a huge … [read more]

October 9, 2015 10:59 AM

Don’t forget to head over to the Monroe Street Festival this Saturday, October 10th! This year the long-running Monroe Street Festival will highlight a new initiative focused on green urbanism, including street design and overall infrastructure. The initiative, called “The Greening of Monroe … [read more]

October 8, 2015 4:11 PM

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable on October 24th at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center! Registration begins at 8:00 am with a program from 9 am to 12 pm. The Neighborhood Roundtable will begin with some networking and large group Q & A … [read more]

October 6, 2015 3:54 PM

Attention book lovers, the Wisconsin Book Festival is approaching!  The four-day festival will take place between October 22-25, in and around the Madison Public Library's Central Library in downtown Madison.   The festival will feature more than 60 events with plenty of … [read more]

September 14, 2015 1:25 PM

September 2nd on Madison’s Southwest side, a neighborhood police officer when responding to an altercation, was physically attacked by one of the individuals involved and verbally harassed by several bystanders. Incidents like this one that escalate into violence endanger not only those … [read more]

September 4, 2015 9:49 AM

Last weekend was the 7th Annual Black and Latino Unity Picnic held at Penn Park. It was great that so many Madisonians enjoyed the entertainment that included  dancing, spoken word poetry, a DJ, and, of course, good food!  More importantly, there were valuable opportunities to discuss … [read more]

September 3, 2015 11:48 AM

I hope many of you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the recent events at the Top of State by Madison’s Central BID, the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation, and Isthmus.  These events have provided a welcoming environment downtown for young and old to enjoy and I am grateful … [read more]

August 28, 2015 12:01 PM

If you’re looking to get some time outside this Sunday, August 30th, be sure to join in on Walk & Roll, formerly known as Ride the Drive, neighborhood edition! Walk & Roll is a neighborhood event that allows bicyclists, walkers, and skaters, alike to “walk and roll” down open streets and … [read more]

August 14, 2015 10:12 AM

If you have been around the Sherman Neighborhood lately you may have noticed some new yard art! The new additions are a product of the City of Madison Neighborhood Grant Program and have come to be called the Sherman Art Project. The art was created by neighborhood residents with the assistance … [read more]

August 5, 2015 4:33 PM

The City of Madison Department of Civil Rights (DCR),through their AASPIRE intern Kate Michalski, brought the majority of Madison Alders together recently to demonstrate the idea that we must all work together to fight discrimination.  The alders painted their hands and were then asked to … [read more]

July 27, 2015 3:38 PM

Those of you who ride Madison Metro may have noticed a new feature to the Ride Guide: public service ads encouraging all Madison residents to do their part to keep the earth clean. It all started when members of Brownie Troop 2464 emailed me to express their concerns about littering at bus … [read more]

July 20, 2015 2:12 PM

You may have noticed a new look to the grassy area along the Southwest bike path in the Regent Neighborhood and Hillington Green area. Neighborhood residents Jeannette and David LeZaks had the idea to do something different with a formerly manicured public green space along the Southwest Bike … [read more]

July 10, 2015 3:42 PM

  Take a look at the photo of Thursday evening's Concerts on the Rooftop event at Monona Terrace.  What a beautiful night for a gathering with friends and music! For more information on events featured on this incredible facility, check out their website. [read more]

June 26, 2015 11:34 AM

Recently, I joined Alder Phair, Superintendent Cheatham, neighborhood leaders, many volunteers and engaged neighbors at the brand new Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center and the newly expanded Meadowridge Library and Meadowood Neighborhood Center for their open houses! Photo … [read more]

June 25, 2015 11:40 AM

You may have noticed something new along Verona Road in the Allied and Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood. Local artist Elizabeth Doyle has created a new public art project in the form of mosaics! This project is entirely unique as it features representations of neighborhood residents. Elizabeth … [read more]

June 24, 2015 1:47 PM

Even though there was some dodging of raindrops, there was a great turnout for the Juneteenth festivities at Olin Turville Park this year!  As many of you know, Juneteenth is a day dedicated to reflection on, and appreciation for, the African American experience. The celebration, … [read more]

June 22, 2015 11:28 AM

Make Music Madison a great way to spend the Summer Solstice!  You could hear bands in a front yard, in many Madison Parks, in front of businesses, at Monona Terrace, at the Edgewater, on the shores of Lake Wingra, on street corners and in many other locations throughout the City! The … [read more]

June 19, 2015 3:41 PM

There was beautiful weather this week for MadCity Bazaar at Philosophers’ Grove at the top of State! For those of you who aren’t familiar, MadCity Bazaar, described as Madison’s Urban Pop-Up Flea Market, features impressive items from local makers, collectors, and producers. This week’s market … [read more]

June 19, 2015 1:57 PM

Make Music Madison It is a one-day, citywide, free day of music and it is a great way to celebrate our community, to spend time with family and friends, to support local musicians and this year, a great way to celebrate Father's Day! You can learn more about the day by checking out their … [read more]

June 18, 2015 12:01 PM

I encourage all Madison area residents to join in the upcoming Juneteenth Celebration this weekend.  Although the original Juneteenth was celebrated in Texas 150 years ago, the Madison tradition began here in the early 1990's. Annie Weatherby-Flowers, a dedicated City of Madison employee has … [read more]

June 10, 2015 11:30 AM

Recently I was joined by MMSD Superintendent Cheatham, Judge Koval, Chief Koval, District Attorney Ozanne, Sheriff Mahoney, Alder Bidar-Sielaff, Dr. Ruben Anthony, Dr. Jerlando Jackson, Dr. John Odom, and Mr. Everett Mitchell on behalf of UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to release the My … [read more]

June 9, 2015 11:41 AM

Let's Eat Out! is in full swing all across Madison. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday some of Madison's favorite carts can be spotted in multiple neighborhoods each evening throughout the City. From Sandburg Elementary or Wheeler Road to Meadowood … [read more]

June 3, 2015 3:34 PM

As some of you may know, the City of Madison has been working with the Central Business Improvement District and Downtown Madison Inc. to provide activities and programs at Philosophers' Grove and 30 on the Square that all Madison residents can enjoy. It is a great partnership and the hope is to … [read more]

May 28, 2015 1:15 PM

One important way our city can make a difference is through collaboration with other organizations and Friday Nights at the Y is one great example. Beginning on Friday, May 29th, both Lussier Family East & West YMCA branches will be open from 8-11:30 PM on Friday nights for teens age 13-18 … [read more]

May 1, 2015 4:13 PM

Let’s Eat Out!  2015 begins on Monday, May 4th.  If you are not familiar, Let’s Eat Out! is a group of food carts with a mission of promoting and advocating for the success of local mobile food entrepreneurs, bringing neighborhoods together, and expanding access to local food. You … [read more]

April 27, 2015 3:10 PM

Lake View Elementary School had their annual gathering at Warner Park to celebrate Earth Day! Over the past twenty years, Lake View has planted two dozen trees with the City of Madison as part of their Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Global Youth Service Day celebrations. This year, a few lucky Lake … [read more]

April 23, 2015 3:15 PM

Recently, Greg Jones, President of Dane County NAACP, Pastor Harold Rayford, President of the African American Council of Churches, and Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County came together to make a  public service announcement (PSA).  The brief … [read more]

April 15, 2015 1:21 PM

This weekend was the 21st Annual 100 Black Men of Madison African American History Challenge Bowl! Congratulations to Jefferson Middle School, who took home first place this year! They will now go on to compete at the National 100 Black Men of America Conference against other chapters. I … [read more]

March 12, 2015 4:22 PM

The City of Madison has a renewed focus on issues of race and equity as a result of the tragic events of last Friday night.  As we continue that focus, I think it is also important to keep working in areas where neighbors are helping neighbors.  One of those events is occurring Saturday … [read more]

February 17, 2015 11:08 AM

I am excited to embark on the 4th year of the CATCH Healthy Habits Program in 2015.  As you may remember reading in my blog post back in March, CATCH Healthy Habits is a program that aims to encourage healthy eating and active living to reduce obesity. What's so great about CATCH is that it … [read more]

February 11, 2015 1:29 PM

It was wonderful to see so many people at the grand opening of the new Meadowood Community Center this week.  I was pleased to join Lucy Chaffin with Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), Alder Matt Phair, Center Director Joe Schlesing, plenty of involved City staff and about a … [read more]

February 4, 2015 10:51 AM

You may have seen Janetta Pegues, the new Goodman South Madison Library Supervisor on Channel 15 news recently discussing all that the Madison Public Library is doing to celebrate Black History Month.  At the South Madison location, Janetta has created a black history display including library … [read more]

January 27, 2015 4:09 PM

Thank you to all of you who encouraged others to participate or participated directly in the My Brother’s Keeper Youth Survey. As you may recall from blog posts in November ( ) ( ) the My … [read more]

January 21, 2015 3:02 PM

On Monday, I joined hundreds from throughout Dane County in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday at the Overture Center for Arts for the 30th Annual Madison and Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Ceremony. At the ceremony, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and I … [read more]

January 16, 2015 2:11 PM

I headed over to Pinney Library this week for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten 1st Year Party. I joined Alder Ahrens, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, News Anchor Michelle Li, representatives from Madison Police and … [read more]

December 19, 2014 3:49 PM

I recently joined Chief Koval, Alder Phair, and several other Madison Police Department representatives for Club Today Not Tomorrow’s Peacemakers program community forum at the Meadowood Community Center. The Peacemakers program, which was launched in February, 2014, is focused on creating and … [read more]

December 18, 2014 9:00 AM

Attention Madisonians: Madison is in the running to be named the Best Travel-Worthy State Capital as part of USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice. Madison is facing off against nineteen other cities, including Carson City, Nevada, Juneau, Alaska, and Boise, Idaho.  The last time I checked, … [read more]

December 5, 2014 4:43 PM

Congratulations to the Cardinal Bar on their 40th Anniversary! I celebrated last Friday as a celebrity DJ alongside Rockin’ John and Billy Feitlinger for WORT’s “Salute to the Cardinal Bar 40th Anniversary Party”!  I enjoyed playing some of my favorites from the 60’s including Sam & Dave and … [read more]

November 26, 2014 10:15 AM

Centro Hispano hosted their 25th Annual Celebration at the Monona Terrace recently. The banquet event featured live music, dancing, a silent auction, and the announcement of the 2014 Roberto G. Sánchez Award and the Ilda Conteris Thomas Award. The Roberto G. Sánchez Award honors an individual, … [read more]

November 25, 2014 11:59 AM

I was pleased with the progress we made at the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Summit, held recently at the United Way of Dane County. As you may know, the My Brother’s Keeper project is a challenge issued to municipalities by President Barack Obama focused on opening opportunities and … [read more]

November 20, 2014 9:30 AM

Many of you may be familiar with Lake Point Drive, which is commonly known to neighbors by its former title of Simpson Street, named after a long term resident of Madison’s Southside, Homer V. Simpson. Recently, Alder John Strasser and I joined the neighbors to officially recognize the Simpson … [read more]

November 6, 2014 10:40 AM

A recent White House report identified significant challenges that boys and young men of color continue to face. Among several other findings, the White House report states that Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are between six and nine times more likely than white children to live … [read more]

October 14, 2014 4:47 PM

On Saturday I was delighted to attend Centro Hispano of Dane County’s event, “IN-forming Madison: Building Civic Consciousness in our Community”.  I joined Executive Director Karen Menéndez Coller, Alder Bidar-Sielaff, Alder Cnare, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, and staff from the Department … [read more]

September 17, 2014 10:22 AM

On Monday, September 15th, announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of, Alder Skidmore, Alder Demarb, and Alder Subeck to accept the award. The folks at Livability, along with the research … [read more]

September 17, 2014 9:58 AM

There's never a shortage of things to do in Madison! This past weekend there were so many impressive community events. On Friday night I spoke at the OutReach 40th Anniversary Banquet. OutReach was one of the nation's first LGBT Community Centers when it was founded in 1973. I was proud to … [read more]

September 15, 2014 1:37 PM

This Saturday, September 20th, Madison is participating in BandSwap for the second year. Along with Madison, this year’s BandSwap includes participants from Athens, GA, Charleston, SC, Chico, CA, Denver, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Lafayette, LA, Nashville, TN, and Portland, OR. BandSwap events … [read more]

September 12, 2014 2:01 PM

Madison’s second pavement painting project was recently kicked off in the Knutson Circle cul-de-sac on Knutson Drive on the Northside of Madison. Community members came together to paint a sunflower, a common sight in the gardens around the neighborhood, with two cranes, the symbol of the … [read more]

August 28, 2014 3:15 PM

I am not surprised to see Madison ranked #5 on the list of America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals. Madison offers many opportunities for recent graduates just starting out on what I’m sure will be successful careers. Only 4 more spots to number 1! Check out the list at … [read more]

August 27, 2014 4:24 PM

I hope some of you were able to attend the Wexford Ridge Neighborhood’s annual Wexford Ridge Connection event recently. The event included a picnic, games, a raffle, a, DJ, a guest appearance from the Mounted Patrol and K9 unit, and best of all, a dunk tank.  Madison Police Chief Mike … [read more]

August 26, 2014 4:13 PM

What a great weekend in Madison! On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend three amazing community events. I started my day at the US Cellular Neighborhood Pavement Painting Project in the Allied Drive neighborhood.  Here I joined US Cellular Staff, City of Madison Staff, Alder Cheeks, the Boys … [read more]

August 21, 2014 3:22 PM

This year the Madison Parks Goodman Pool paired up with their long time partners The Shelley Glover Sports Education Foundation (SGSEF) and the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation to fund another amazing program for Madison youth. Over 200 of The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County summer … [read more]

August 11, 2014 4:42 PM

We invite you to join other residents for a one-day celebration about making and supporting community leaders and sustaining healthy, walkable neighborhoods, for all of Madison. The citywide neighborhood conference, Strong Leaders, Healthy Places, will be a day packed full of stories, talks, … [read more]

August 8, 2014 3:53 PM

We could not have asked for more perfect weather or a better bunch of kids, families and community members for the grand opening of the City of Madison’s newest splash park at Reindahl Park! I would like to give a special thank you to: The Madison Parks Foundation, Alder Clausius, the … [read more]

July 29, 2014 9:08 AM

A recently released study from has named Madison the 15th Best City for Recreation! WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities in the categories of financial, park's quality, weather conditions, and entertainment and recreational facilities.  When you consider our weather … [read more]

July 18, 2014 4:36 PM

I am excited to say that the project to fund a mural on the Warner Park Beach shelter is a success!  While the goal was to raise $850 via Kickstarter by August 9th, as of today, $975 has been pledged towards the project. This success story will provide northside youth with the opportunity to … [read more]

July 11, 2014 4:45 PM

The project to fund a mural on the Warner Park Beach Shelter went live on Kickstarter yesterday! The mural will be designed and painted by Kennedy Heights summer camp youth with guidance from two talented artists and designers, Alexis London and Daniella Echeverria. The mural will consist of … [read more]

September 20, 2013 6:48 AM

On Saturday, September 21st, Madison will open its new Central Library, a symbol of our city's commitment to learning, creating, and thinking. This is not your mother's or father's library and it is not even your childhood library. This is your library of the future. The Central Library … [read more]

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