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Big partnership for Center for Black Excellence and Culture

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's Center for Black Excellence and Culture is teaming up with a world-renowned planning firm.

The center, which will open on Madison's south side in 2023, is partnering with Lord Cultural Resources for Business Planning.

Lord led the planning of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Washington. The firm will assist in development and planning for the newly announced gathering space.

Lord will first conduct extensive research to plan development of The Center, including interviews with local experts and community members. Lord will also examine feedback from more than a dozen listening sessions The Center has hosted with Black members of the local health care, arts, faith and business communities and more.

The Center is poised to fill a decades-long lack of a shared cultural space in Dane County, while fostering a sense of community, celebrating Black culture and history and providing a venue for community members to connect and grow.

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