On Tuesday, July 2, Madison 6th district Alder Marsha Rummel will introduce a resolution to relocate three Sid Boyum sculptures to new homes along the Capital City Bicycle Trail. Thanks to Alder Rummel and to the Marquette Neighborhood Association for their support in getting more of Sid’s art out to the public.
Saturday, July 6 at 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 237 Waubesa Street
It’s a hands-on day as we scrub years of dirt off the Boyum Sculptures in the backyard of Waubesa Street. Come with a soft scrub brush and a bucket. For sensitive skin, bring rubber or latex gloves, and be ready to get wet! If anyone has a clean pump garden sprayer, it would also be useful. Bring bug spray and sunscreen as needed, wear shoes, no flip-flops, adults and kids welcome.
Own a piece of Madison history! The Friends of Sid Boyum have decided to sell Sid’s former house at 237 Waubesa Street. Don’t worry, we are still saving the 26 sculptures in the backyard, and are currently busy finding new homes for each of them. All proceeds from the sale of the house will go toward a conservation fund for the sculptures. We’re accepting offers until May 31, 2018.
We are excited to announce that the Friends of Sid have received a grant from the Madison Arts Program to help us clean up the house and yard and prep for an interactive event for the community! We’ll post updates and details as they develop, and look for an event to be scheduled late summer/early fall.
So, now we own Sid’s house and all the art found there! Exciting, right? But also daunting. We have begun to undertake projects like cleaning up the yard, cleaning and restoring artworks, planning public events and developing working agreements with partner organizations. We are able to apply for grant funding for much of the art conservation and exhibition work. However, other expenses, like insurance and municipal services, must be covered by other fundraising methods. To help us meet those costs, we invite you to become an annual donor to the Friends of Sid Boyum operations fund. This fund will be used for regular, ongoing expenses not covered by various grant awards. Knowing that we can count on your annual support will allow us to plan better, allocate resources and focus our efforts on our mission – preserving and promoting Sid’s artistic legacy.
Visit the Donations page to subscribe for a recurring donation via PayPal!
Thanks to the hundreds of donors who responded to our call and an astonishingly generous matching grant from Chuck Stonecipher, we managed to raise over $25,000 to buy Sid’s former home and studio!!!
Thanks to all who contributed cash, art, time, hours or enthusiasm!!
We are currently working with the City of Madison and Dane County to complete the legal transfer of the property to the Friends of Sid Boyum. Stay tuned for future announcements (including one hell of a celebration party), coming soon!
In the meantime, our fundraising efforts are only beginning — even after we acquire the property, we’ll need money for renovations, art conservation and more. Thanks again to all of you for your generous community spirit — WE WILL SAVE SID’S ART!
Teri Marche volunteering her time to restore some of Sid Boyum’s concrete sculptures, working on Blue Lantern Tripod in the park next to Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, and the freshly restored Polar Bear in Circle Park!
Join the Friends of Sid Boyum on a guided tour by bike, visiting the sculptures around the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood with artist and conservationist Teri Marche. We’ll end at Next Door Brewing for drinks, snacks and a silent auction of artworks and other exciting items!
To make sure this is a quality event and participants enjoy themselves, we are limiting the number of people on the bike tour to 30. Tickets are $20 each, available online (Click here to buy tickets online), or message us to get on the guest list.
Everyone is invited to the after-party at Next Door Brewing, starting at 2:00. There will be a silent auction (Place bids here!) of art and unique collectibles from local artists and others, and a live auction of some very special, exciting, super surprise items!
Dedicated to conserving the art and legacy of Madison artist Sid Boyum.