Movies in the Park Named after Sina Davis
Describing her organizing efforts she once said, “I’ve always wanted to
be an asset to my community. I ran the streets a lot, so I figured I could
take some of that energy and do it in a positive way. I want to let others
know that you can build your community. Where you live is all yours and
you can make things happen.”
Ms. Davis piloted many community projects in the Allied Drive
neighborhood. She was a founder of the Allied Community Cooperative,
served on the board of the Allied Wellness Center, helped start a local
chapter of Mothers in the Neighborhood, ran the Welcomers Program,
and was actively involved with the Allied NRT.
Given Ms. Davis’s extraordinary commitment to building community and
her special involvement with Movies in the Park, the City has named
the series the Sina Davis Movies in the Park Program as a tribute to her.
Ms. Davis was in hospice and died on July 25th. Even in her final days,
she remained focused on the movies, checking to make sure they were
scheduled so they would continue to bring people together.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway wrote a letter of appreciation to Ms. Davis.
In it, the Mayor recognized her perseverance, tenacity, concern and
work for the residents of Madison, particularly youth, adults and families
In the Mayor’s words to Ms. Davis she said, “You have been a caring
and fierce advocate for people who have no voice for many years, and I
admire and appreciate everything you have done for this City. It is an
honor to name this program after you.”
It was Ms. Davis’s vision for movie nights in Allied that ultimately
prompted their spread to areas across Madison, specifically to
neighborhoods with NRTs. As a result, 14 movies — mostly new
releases — will be shown in the nine neighborhoods with NRTs this
summer. Last year, over 1,000 residents watched movies and enjoyed
summer evenings in their local parks with their neighbors.
Ms. Davis’s children Angel and Qwashi stated, “Our mom realized early
that she wanted to make a difference in the community and went into
action by helping the homeless find housing, providing help for those
fighting addictions, and showing individuals how they could succeed in
life. She truly believes in giving her time because there are so many in
need. Our mother's life work in the community has cast an incredible
footprint in the town of Madison. A reporter once asked her to describe
her life today. She replied, “Blessed." Thank you for naming the Movies
in the Park in her honor.”
Katy Farrens, another local leader in Allied, said, “Sina is such an
inspiration to the Allied Drive Neighborhood and has worked tirelessly to
improve Allied in so many ways; through the Mothers in the
Neighborhood Program or her drive to get the movie nights started here.
Movies in the Park is now a centerpiece of Allied bringing out the whole
community for a night of fun. Even in Sina's illness she has made sure
that preparations are being made for our 2019 Movies in the Park
The schedule for the 2019 Sina Davis Movies in the Park Program is
available on the Parks Division’s website: https://www.cityofmadison.
NRTs work as a link between the City and the community. The
Neighborhood Resource Program’s mission is to promote racial equity
and improve the quality of life for Madison residents by understanding
and elevating the needs, issues, and priorities of people living in areas
with NRTs. The teams — largely made up of City staff — operate in
neighborhoods with high concentrations of residents living with lower
incomes who are renting and often people of color; communities largely
disconnected from systems of power. NRTs have worked with residents
and other stakeholders to make numerous neighborhood improvements
and add community facilities, programming and other amenities.
The City of Madison has named their
popular Movies in the Park Program
in honor of long time neighborhood
organizer and community advocate,
Over the past several years, the City
of Madison Parks Division has
developed Movies in the Park in
concert with the City’s Neighborhood
Resource Teams (NRTs). Ms. Davis,
from the Allied Drive Neighborhood,
however, provided the spark and
was the main community driver
behind the creation and development
of the program.