One of Madison’s newest pieces of public art is a mural on the back of Trinity Lutheran Church, on the near east side. The piece is called “Journey To A New Beginning,” and it draws on a number of thematic and visual elements—the ideas of migration, religious concepts like the Holy Trinity, and the Norwegian-American roots of the Trinity church itself. Madison-based artist Jenie Gao coordinated the project as part of the Dane Arts Mural Arts program. Gao and another DAMA staffer who’s working on other public-art projects around town, ecologist and educator Sonya Sankaran, sat down recently with Tone Madison contributor Phoebe Schlough to talk about the process of creating the mural, the way that art can change the way we experience places we pass through every day, and the importance of public arts funding.
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