“It’s our moment”: $ 38 million from the Center for Black Excellence and Culture to open in 2023 | Local government

In a cheerful big step, organizers on Thursday unveiled the dynamic design and ambitious fundraiser that they say will make the proposed $ 38 million Black Center of Excellence and Culture on the South Side a reality and a model. national.

For generations, Madison has failed to develop the types of spaces the black community needs to feel connected, empowered and grounded, advocates said.

The project, a multi-million dollar black-inspired, black-designed and black-led project in Madison, will provide a wide range of opportunities to celebrate and learn about the black community, stage performances, socialize and promote the well-being at all stages of life and more, they said.

The 65,000 square foot building on three levels will include spaces dedicated to young people, students and seniors, lounges, several studios, a coworking space, offices, two performance spaces and “Club Afrique”, a trade show. for members of the Black community to use for weddings, conferences and after work meetings.

“The Center,” as the space has become affectionately known, will stand on 6 acres at 655 W. Badger Road near the Belt and just west of the Fountain of Life Covenant Church and an adjacent building. which houses the nonprofit Nehemiah Center of Urban Leadership. . The latter structure will be demolished for the project, with its offices moving to the new facility. The organizers hope to innovate at the end of 2022 and open next year.

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