As someone that grew up in the Madison-Danville area, it has been a joy to bring the Innovation Acceleration Strategy (IAS) program to my home community.
The people here have been so motivated and dedicated that we were happy to provide mini-grant funding to their projects.
Arts and Culture
Given that I’ve been working closely with the Arts and Culture team in Madison, I took no part in the judging of this round of the mini-grant proposals! But I have always had a passion for the arts and it has been a joy working with other passionate people close to home.
The team and I developed a plan to expand the Arts, while also showing that it can lead to real economic impact.
Our plan is to host three arts festivals, each focusing on different genres. The details on these are still coming together, but we want to hold a theater festival, a music festival and a film festival. Each festival will also include an element of visual arts, be it an art auction, an artisan vending area or an art show in the lobby.
We understand the importance of appealing to outside visitors, while still cultivating our own local talent. Each event will pull from our own pool of creatives. We want to show that there are amazing things to experience Boone County, while providing economic opportunities to local artists.
We were pleased to be awarded $2,000 to makes these visions a reality.
Recreation and Tourism
Little Coal River Group
The Recreation and Tourism team in Madison is one of our largest teams in the IAS program. Since the beginning, they have been a group of hardworking individuals that love the adventure Madison’s natural beauty has to offer.
The team leader, Joe Linville, is a prime example. He was only exposed to kayaking the Little Coal River in the past couple of years, and now you can’t keep him out. He even went for a ride in January this year.
Not only does he love it, he also wants to see it grow. He has already started working on founding the Little Coal River Group, a branch of the already highly successful Coal River Group.
He was also just awarded a mini-grant for $2,000 for signage along the Little Coal River, making it easier to navigate and for emergency service personnel to find kayakers in the event of an accident.
His team also plans to install an additional boat ramp, making it easier to put in and take out boats.
Scott High School Track
And that’s not all – now, the Madison Recreation and Tourism team has received a second mini-grant.
At their first meeting, the team discussed several projects. The one that kept coming up was the idea to create a cross country track behind Scott High School. The team has since recruited Scott High Cross Country coach Heather Graffius, and she has truly run with the project!
They plan to use this second $2,000 grant to map out and create the track. They hope this will not only be a way to host cross country meets and bring in loads of students from across the state, but also provide an additional recreational activity for locals and tourists.
Good luck to all our hardworking and passionate IAS teams in Madison!
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