? Ukraine Rally Downtown + Smart Studios Building Becomes Airbnb

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Variably cloudy and warm. High: 67 Low: 47.

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Here are the top three stories in Madison today:

  1. On Saturday afternoon, local community members gathered in the rain in downtown Madison to raise support for Ukraine as it fights against last month’s Russian invasion. The rally, which met on the capitol steps, was the third one over the last four weeks since the war began and featured speakers calling for an end to the violence. According to NBC, rally organizer Olga Matsyuk is raising funds for organizations in Ukraine that are working to help displaced individuals who are still in the country. “The goal is just to provide resources; every little bit helps everyone can help,” said Matsyuk. (WMTV – NBC15)
  2. The Smart Studios building, home of the Madison music studio that recorded legendary acts like Nirvana in its 35-year history, has been made over as a music-inspired private residence. Kenosha native Neka Allen moved back to her home state of Wisconsin from Los Angeles during the pandemic and began looking for real estate. Allen purchased the historic studio building on the corner of East Washington and Baldwin and has since renovated it into a home that pays homage to the building’s original purpose. She hopes to begin renting the property out on Airbnb this summer. (Spectrum News)
  3. A Madison non-profit called Maydm wants to change the face of STEM, and it’s starting with the $300,000 equitable recovery grant it recently received from the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The goal of Maydm, which stands for “made by them,” is to “inspire young women of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” and break down the barriers that “prevent young Black women and men from following their STEM dreams,” according to NBC. To help reach this goal, Maydm hosts summer programming events that allow girls to explore areas like video game design, cyber security, and data analysis. (WMTV – NBC15)

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Today in Madison:

  • Ashman All Ages Chess Club At Alicia Ashman Library (4:00 PM)
  • Madison Magazine’s Taste Event At The Edgewater (6:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The International Festival returned in-person to the Overture Center on Saturday, with free performances from local artists and food from around the world. (Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3)
  • Looking for your new Madison dream home? These four local properties have just been listed for sale. (Madison Patch)
  • How are gas prices changing in Madison? Check out Madison.com’s interactive graph tracking rising fuel price trends. (Madison.com)

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