In the News

Madisonians Engage Marginalized Community With Access Denied Nightlife Accessibility Event

With the goal of combating inaccessible nightlife in Madison, Access Denied — funded by a Library Takeover grant from Madison Public Library Foundation — is taking on the issue with a panel of local experts and a dance party Friday, February 10, at Madison Public Library’s Central Library.

Through the grant-funded program, which was created to allow community members to use the library as a platform and to engage Madison and its marginalized community, Access Denied organizers Sarah Akawa Hagedon, T. Banks, Jean Brody, Alix Shabazz and King Shabazz learned event planning while using grant funds and library space to put on the event. In it, they will dig into the ways people of color, women, transgender people, queer people, disabled people, immigrants, people with addictions, and youth are kept out of parties and celebrations everyone should have access to.

The panel, set to begin at 6:45 p.m., will feature local voices drawing from personal and professional experiences with the inaccessibility of Madison’s nightlife. Jessica Williams — an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, especially in the black community — will moderate the panel. Panel members who will speak from unique identities and interests include Laura Patricia Minero, Lexy Ware, Bianca Gomez, Kate Moran and Orion Wells.

The event is free and open to the public, with doors opening and food service at 6 p.m. The dance party and cash bar will open at 8 after the panel, and will go until 11. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and gender-neutral bathrooms will be available.

Two more Library Takeover events are set to take place this coming May, including Share the Word and Namaste, Madison.

The community organizers behind Access Denied worked together in library space to plan their event.

Library Website