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‘Let’s Talk About It’ captures art created during racial justice protests

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A new book hopes to capture and preserve the images and emotions during the protests in Madison that followed the killing of George Floyd.

“Let’s Talk About It” is a pictorial book of the city-commissioned murals that continue to line Madison’s State Street. The book was the idea of American Family Insurance.

The 100-plus murals, some spanning up to a quarter-block, were created primarily by area artists of color and commissioned by the City of Madison Arts Commission. The artists used the plywood covering the windows of downtown businesses as their canvasses.

“These are powerful and historic pieces of art for our city, region and country,” said Karin Wolf, program administrator at the Madison Arts Commission, and lead on the mural project for the city. “They tell a story we all desperately need to take in and remember. This book helps accomplish that by giving the artists greater visibility and preserving their art. This was a great concern since preservation of the murals themselves is not guaranteed.”

The book contains all the State Street murals, with permission from the artists, as well as the artists’ commentary verbatim.

“Everyone involved felt deeply that authentically and accurately preserving history required being comprehensive,” Nyra Jordan, social impact investment director at the institute and project director for the book said. “We know the art and words in the book will elicit different opinions and emotions but excluding or editing them would be counter to the purpose of the book.”

Copies of “Let’s Talk About It” have already been provided to the artists. Other interested parties and organizations who want it can click here for more information about how to get the book free of charge.

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