Driveway Mural

Driveway Mural

Juvenile Court Shelter Home
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home

Teaching artists Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley worked with teenagers at the Dane County Juvenile Court Shelter Home and the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center this summer to bring youth ideas and voices to the blank concrete walls surrounding the Shelter Home's driveway. While all previous Making Justice murals have been inside the facilities and unseen by the public, this project was a chance for youth residents to work with professionals to design and define a public-facing space for themselves and for future youth residents.

Shelter students took the design lead and provided most of the themes and physical effort, but the students at Detention also took ownership of the project quickly - having the idea to tie in elements from their previous summer workshops with teaching artists Carlos Gacharna and Audifax into the design. Old English lettering from Carlos’ workshop reading “We Matter” appears at the top of the mural, and a design from a student at Detention done in Audifax’s abstract painting workshop was translated into the jersey worn by the young man pictured looking into the mirror, seeing his future self. While students from Detention couldn't participate in painting the wall, students at the Shelter Home were able to safely work outside with Emida and Shiloah to remove the overgrown vegetation from the hill above, then clean, prep, and paint the wall.

Learn more about how all of the pieces came together for this project in the library IMPACT STORY - Bubbler in the time of Covid: Making Justice makes it work.

Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
Muralists Shiloah & Emida lead the mural visioning workshop with detention via zoom.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
A blank slate.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
Pressure washing 101.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
Priming the wall.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
A photo of the [no photos sign]... with permission of course!
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
A work in progress.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
A work completed.
Madison Public Library's Bubbler Making Justice mural residency at Juvenile Court Shelter Home with Emida Roller and Shiloah Coley
Image from abstract workshop in its final location on the mural. Hand-made student sign establishing "Hammock Topia".