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Local businesses receive $1.5M in grant funding from Milwaukee’s Commercial Revitalization program

In 2022, more than $1.5 million in grant funding was awarded to 50 local businesses for property renovations and improvements in Milwaukee. The Department of City Development (DCD) continued supporting local businesses in 2022 through the Commercial Revitalization Grant Program that provides financial assistance for building renovations and improvements in Milwaukee. DCD’s Commercial Revitalization Grant Program helps eliminate blight, enhance building aesthetics, and activate the public realm in Milwaukee by assisting businesses in creating higher quality storefronts that attract customers and support neighborhood development. “Our commercial corridors play a significant role in boosting economic activity and enhancing neighborhood development...

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World-renowned art duo HYBYCOZO brings “Lightfield” sculptures to Milwaukee for immersive experiences

Downtown Milwaukee will welcome a new geometric art installation to Cathedral Square Park. “Lightfield” by HYBYCOZO presented by Johnson Financial Group will transform the area into an immersive public art installation featuring the work of Ukrainian and Canadian artist duo HYBYCOZO. “Lightfield” by HYBYCOZO will be a free experience, open to the public January 19 to May 5, 2023. Coordinated by Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 as part of their public art initiatives, this multicolored, large-scale art display will feature eight ground sculptures and 16 hanging lanterns suspended from the park’s trees. The work invites the viewer to explore the...

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Komatsu partners with Habitat ReStore to salvage reusable items from historic National Avenue Campus

Komatsu has been transitioning core Milwaukee operations from its longtime base on National Avenue in West Milwaukee to its new campus on Greenfield Avenue in the Harbor District. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore partnered to help put reusable items the company no longer needed to good use. As Komatsu works to complete its transition out of the old location, the company is partnering with Habitat ReStore’s Deconstruction Services team to allow salvage of everything from office chairs to break room refrigerators. Teams of Habitat for Humanity volunteers have been hard at work in the West Milwaukee facility collecting hundreds of...

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Hoan Bridge illuminating as a menorah to “Shine a Light” on antisemitism this Hanukkah season

In response to the sharp rise in antisemitism in the United States, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has joined forces with the national Shine a Light initiative to raise awareness about modern antisemitism. The Federation will shine a light on antisemitism during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with Hanukkah on the Hoan. Each night of the holiday, the Federation will share video messages of support from local civic and faith leaders and will light the Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge to represent the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah. Shine a Light is a comprehensive initiative to spotlight the dangers...

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Liquidators of Chernobyl: Why December 14 honors the unnamed heroes who saved the world from radiation

“Very often I am asked why I feel so connected to the Chernobyl area, the answer is not always easy for me to be able to explain: I have always considered these men legendary, who in silence have worked for others. Courageous and admirable, in the critical and impossible situations in which they found themselves, they managed to manage honor, humanity and courage and there is no greater and more difficult undertaking than being able to manage these three things all together. And I always feel so small when I’m in the land of heroes, because the history of...

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Ukraine is Here: Immersive virtual platform allows anyone to experience Ukraine’s culture from anywhere

Google and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine launched “Ukraine is Here” on November 24, a new online-space featuring Ukrainian culture hosted virtually on the Google Arts & Culture platform. The project was implemented with the support of Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, and the work of almost a dozen partners, including the National Art Museum of Ukraine, National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum,” the Museum of Theatre, and Music and Cinema of Ukraine, who participated in the creation of the cultural showcase. People from different countries will be able to explore authentic and...

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