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4th Annual Veterans Light Up the Arts celebrates the incredible healing power of creativity

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosted the 4th Annual Veterans Light Up the Arts program on March 6, for an evening that celebrated the creative talents of area veterans, service members, and military spouses. Organized by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and presented jointly with the Milwaukee County War Memorial, the event was created to share the healing power of the arts for the local community. Many veterans talked about how art had helped them adjust to civilian life after experiencing the hardships of war. “I suffered through two major traumas in the military, and I never thought I...

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Female leaders share how they earned a “seat at the table” in Milwaukee’s public relations industry

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter hosted a panel of female leaders from Milwaukee on February 19 at Transfer Pizzeria Café, to share their insight, experience, and the efforts it took for them to get a “seat at the table” as communications professionals. A group of nearly one hundred individuals attended the speaking event. Katharine Foley of PRSA moderated the panel that included Tammy Belton-Davis of Athena Communications, Kim Schultz of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), Sarah Maio of the Wisconsin Center District, and Jodie Tabak with the City of Milwaukee. “I did...

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Major General Paul Kennedy visits Milwaukee veterans and military families to shape Bloomberg policies

Retired Major General Paul Kennedy and Graham Pulliam visited Milwaukee on February 20 to meet with veterans and military families on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, and to gather policy input from local voices. In January, Bloomberg revealed the formation of “Veterans and Military Families for Mike,” designed to connect with military voters during the 2020 race. Along with Kennedy, a retired U.S. Marine Corps two-star General, Pulliam – also a USMC veteran – leads the national effort for the initiative. The team’s first stop in Wisconsin focused on Milwaukee. As part of a state-wide mission, the...

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Thanks a Million: Milwaukee’s streetcar celebrates its 1,000,000th rider

Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Robert Bauman rode The Hop on February 21 during the lunch hour to celebrate the transit system’s milestone of reaching one million riders. Along with Public Service Ambassadors from Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, they also distributed free “Thanks A Million” coupon books to streetcar riders. After launching passenger service on November 2, 2018 with a projected daily ridership of around 1,800, The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, welcomed 802,541 riders during the first year of service, with 2,205 rides per day. “It’s incredible that we reached this historic milestone in such a...

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AMKE 2020: A nostalgic look at Milwaukee’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture

Wisconsin’s largest Anime and Japanese cultural event, Anime Milwaukee (AMKE), hosted its 13th annual gathering from February 14 to 16 at the Wisconsin Center, welcoming more than 10,000 guests from the area, around the country, and overseas. Fans traveled from across the Midwest, the United States, and internationally to attend the three-day tribute of Japanese entertainment. Anime Milwaukee was founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. It grew exponentially each year until by 2011 it had to move to Milwaukee’s largest convention space. Anime Milwaukee celebrates the culture of Japan. Fascination with Anime...

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Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz visits Milwaukee to engage Latino voters for Michael Bloomberg campaign

Manny Diaz, former Mayor of the City of Miami and National Political Co-Chair for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, visited the Latino community of Milwaukee on January 28 as part of his multi-state tour to connect with Hispanic voters. Diaz served as the Mayor of Miami for two terms from 2001-2009 and led the U.S. Conference of Mayors as President in 2008. Under his leadership, Diaz developed a vision for Miami as an international city that embodied diversity, economic opportunity, effective customer service, and excellent quality of life. During his two-term tenure as Mayor, Diaz was recognized for transforming the...

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