Artist Faisal Abdu'Allah poses for a portrait during the opening of the "MASK OFF" exhibit inside the Dane County Department of Human Services Neighborhood intervention Program.


For the fifth year, Cap Times reporters asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. We will publish the 2018 edition of Bright Ideas throughout the next week.

I want somebody to sponsor a building that has a gallery space for young people under the age of 18 who can have exhibitions, like a young person’s museum.

That building would have a walk-in gallery and three studios attached to that: one for an international artist, one for a national artist and one for a local artist. That local artist is a young person from the community from the age of 13 to 18 who would be an artist in residence.

The international artist would be somebody with standing, who is established, who will be able to mentor the national artist and the national artist will mentor the local. Those three artists would run the program.

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The artists could be dancers, poets or architects. We could program in a way that we’re able to bring people in who are writers, storytellers, fashion designers, people that work with body knowledge and memory.

There would be a community work space, a “wet space/dirty space.” Each time young people come in there’s always something on offer. It’s a creative hub.

We might even have an endowment to invite one amazing guest speaker a year. We need to get young people into the mindframe that there are many opportunities available to them.

Since 2008, Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times. She loves eating at the bar, going to the theater, fine wine and good stories. She lives on the east side with her husband, two cats and too many cookbooks.