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Artists, business owners discuss future of downtown murals

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dozens of murals line businesses up and down State street.

As the businesses start to reopen, questions are looming about what to do with them.

After the first night of protesting in Madison led to the damage caused by vandalism and looters, the murals painted by the community were a sign of growth.

"Just coming back to the heart of humanity because at the end of the day that's the solution to all of this chaos," said artist Erika Rosales, describing the intention behind her mural.

Saturday she spoke with the owner of the business where it's displayed.

"We talked about potentially donating the mural to the Black Lives Matter movement or to a local organization that is gathering the murals," she said.

But her preference: "It would be ideal to have it part of a collective mural.

That is one plan that officials at Madison Arts are considering.

Earlier in the month, they outlined multiple possibilities to 27 News, saying they want to see a part of Madison's history be preserved.

"It would be huge because it's a whole street filled with really big boards," Kristi Genna, owner of Genna's Lounge, said of the idea.

She recently took down their mural and put part of the boards inside.

"We wont forget about this anytime soon and to have some actual evidence of it it's going to be pretty cool," Genna said.

27 News reached out to the officials in charge of taking care of the art and they were not able to return calls Saturday.

The future of the murals is a collaboration between the artists, businesses, Madison Arts and the Downtown Businesses Improvement District.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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