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“Seated Warrior” sculpture by artist Sanford Biggers makes new home at America’s Black Holocaust Museum

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) received a signature work of art and more than $1 million in funding through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and its donors on January 24, in an effort to help celebrate and ensure the sustainability of the culturally essential museum – as it approaches an official reopening in time for the 2020 DNC in July. BAM (Seated Warrior) 2017, a sculpture by acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, was a gift of the GMF to ABHM on behalf of an anonymous donor. The work was acquired from Sculpture Milwaukee, after it had been on public display...

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A Day On, Not A Day Off: Community voices offer encouragement on MLK holiday to improve Milwaukee

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 20 marked the 25th anniversary of the day that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Milwaukee hosted many events before and on MLK Day, including the 36th Annual Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Performing Arts Center on January 19. The only cities that have...

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Second Annual Milwaukee Museum Week kicks off with trove of cultural artifacts and experiences

Organizers and participants of the Milwaukee Museum Week held a preview event at the Grohmann Museum on January 17, to kick off the second annual program that takes place from January 18 to 26. In its first year, Milwaukee Museum Week was a success and welcomed thousands of people to participating museums. Whether for events, programs, or just to see the museum for the first time or on a repeat visit, Milwaukeeans showed support for their hometown museums. During the kick off event, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney presented a check for $18,000 to Milwaukee Museum Week...

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Trump in Milwaukee: A visual context for being an outcast among your own kind

Donald J. Trump held his first public campaign rally within the City of Milwaukee as President on January 14 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, bringing his controversial policies and divisive rhetoric to the same turf that will host the Democratic National Convention to pick his challenger in six months. The “Keep America Great” rally took place on the eve of preparations in the United States Senate to begin Trump’s impeachment trial. For residents of Milwaukee, the visit brought the national stage to their doorstep. While some traveled from out-of-state to be there, the crowds of people protesting Trump or...

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Goldmann’s original lunch counter featured in new exhibit “Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures”

The first exhibit of 2020 from the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) opens on January 14, featuring some of the city’s rarest pieces of history. “Revealed: Milwaukee’s Unseen Treasures” was designed to provide an interesting representation of the community, not just local history. As such, the exhibit spans a wide range of topics, from the Milwaukee Common Council Desk of Vel Phillips to Hmong tapestry and cultural artifacts. “The exhibit is essentially a representation of the things that matter to Milwaukee,” said Mame McCully, Executive Director of MCHS. “This is a new type of exhibit for us, as it...

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Milwaukee hosts winter walkthrough for national media to showcase city and preview DNC

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Milwaukee Host Committee welcomed members from national news organizations to Milwaukee on January 7 for the winter media walkthrough, with events at the Fiserv Forum and Milwaukee Convention Center. Media walkthroughs are held once in winter and once in spring to provide members of the media an opportunity to be updated on convention planning, and to learn operational details as they begin to develop their own plans to attend and cover the convention from July 13 to 16. “Members of the media play an important role in bringing the story and...

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