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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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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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Rise and Thrive: Brianna Joy Seipel creates landscapes of witness at the crossroads of art and allyship

This multi-part editorial series was based on the “Rise and Thrive: A Lives in Landscape Exhibition” created by Milwaukee artist Brianna Joy Seipel. The project was produced in partnership with LOTUS Legal Clinic and the Untold Stories program. Whether we encounter wild beauty, quiet poetry, or raw power, artist Brianna Joy Seipel believes that we draw strength from the natural world and the stories of others. With a goal to highlight the resiliency, courage, and indomitable spirit of survivors of sexual violence, her debut show – Rise and Thrive: A Lives in Landscape™ Exhibition – explores the life...

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Faith Identity: What the “traditionalist denomination” split means for a Methodist Church in Milwaukee

Leadership of the United Methodist Church (UMC) announced a plan on January 3 to split the denomination, as a result of what it called “fundamental differences” over doctrine related to same-sex marriage. With at least 12 million members, the UMC is the largest denomination within the wider Methodist movement of 80 million people across the world, and the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The proposal would create a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, with the existing 236 year old church moving to a more inclusive position and acceptance of homosexuality. Under the plan the new denomination would be...

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