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Black Lens lineup announced for 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival

The Black Lens Program returns to the Milwaukee Film Festival for the third year with bigger motion pictures. Featuring fiction and documentary films from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers, the Black Lens Program explore stories and topics rooted in the black community and relevant to all. A great way to support Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program is to join the Black Lens Council, designed to generate support for Black Lens and Milwaukee Film. The Black Lens Council provides ongoing access to films by African American filmmakers and instills a direct link between the Milwaukee community and the Black...

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Upholding the legacy of those we lost on September 11th

President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who have served our country. The President said that although a lot has changed over the past 15 years, the core values that define us as Americans have remained the same. As Americans we are resilient, we will never give into fear, and we will always look out for one another. Our strength is in our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, and our fair treatment of everyone – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith....

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Community leaders reject WEDC’s jobs claim for Sherman Park area

Neighborhoods in economic distress need job creation strategies at the scale of the problem. At a news event in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood on August 23, elected officials and community leaders spoke out about revelations that the jobs agency created by Governor Walker, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), misrepresented its impact on jobs in the area. Speakers at the event included elected officials such as State Representative LaTonya Johnson, State Representative Evan Goyke, State Representative David Bowen, and Alderman Chevy Johnson. The event also included community leaders such as Reverend Willie Brisco, President of WISDOM, and Martha De La...

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Video: Farms and Fermentation

As research for best practices for creative placemaking in Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee sponsored a group trip of discovery to Fermentation Fest’s Farm/Art DTour in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, last October to explore some of the leading work in the field.

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Bucks break ground on new downtown Arena

The new multi-purpose facility is scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 NBA season, the 714,000-square-foot arena is the centerpiece of a new sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Bucks joined with an estimated 20,000 fans, elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee on June 18. The day-long celebration marked the culmination of a multi-year effort to build this historic public-private partnership between the state, county, city and the Milwaukee Bucks. Scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 NBA...

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Shorewood Ghost Train: Art, history, and technology converge in new sensory experience

Art, history and technology to converge in a first-of-its-kind sensory experience as the Shorewood Ghost Train Public Art installation moves forward. The Village Board has unanimously accepted the Shorewood Public Art Committee’s plans for a new installation called ‘The Ghost Train’, an artistic sensory experience which will enable visitors to travel back in history, imagining the round-trip journey of the ‘Twin Cities 400’ which was operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1935-1963 and crossed Capitol Drive at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge. The Ghost Train designer is Marty Peck, principal of Creative Lighting Design & Engineering,...

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