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South-facing facade of Downtown’s 2nd Street Skywalk to become newest canvas for public mural

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 is seeking submissions from local artists and artist collectives for a new mural in Westown. The intended canvas is the south-facing façade of the 2nd Street skywalk, between Wisconsin Avenue and Michigan Street. This first-of-its-kind mural in downtown Milwaukee will strengthen pedestrian connectivity between existing parking structures and soon-to-open attractions, such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Center and 3rd Street Market Hall. The approximate dimensions of the mural space are 92 feet wide by 15 feet high. “The surge in public arts projects in Westown over the last year has been inspiring,” said Courtney Morris...

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First concert from new Milwaukee Symphony Center to be broadcast live on Milwaukee PBS

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra recently announced a partnership with Milwaukee PBS to live broadcast the orchestra’s first subscription concert in the new Milwaukee Symphony Center. The orchestra’s first subscription concert of the season is planned for October 2020 and will be conducted by Music Director Ken-David Masur and will include the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. The specific date and repertoire will be released in early 2020. “Milwaukee PBS, one of the most viewed PBS stations in the country, is excited to partner with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on a live broadcast of the opening weekend performance,” said Bohdan Zachary, general...

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Filmmaker John Ridley immerses new Showtime musical drama series in present-day Milwaukee

Academy Award winning filmmaker John Ridley has joined an untitled musical drama in development at Showtime that will take place in Milwaukee. The plot focuses on the emotional journey of a present-day family, with a backstory that spans generations and is woven into the fabric of the Milwaukee community. The series will be written and directed by Ridley, a Milwaukee native who won his first Oscar for writing “12 Years a Slave.” He has maintained ties to his hometown, and in November celebrated the first year anniversary of his arts and community space Nō Studios, which was established in...

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Port Milwaukee prohibits public access to Jones Island due to flooding and severe weather conditions

Strong winds and high water have forced Port Milwaukee to prohibit public access to Jones Island. The unusual weather conditions have led to flooding on all the major roadways at the port. Flooding has also affected terminal buildings on Jones Island. Tenants at the port have voluntarily halted their operations Saturday. Vessel arrivals scheduled for the next two days had already been delayed because of conditions on Lake Michigan. Port Milwaukee staff is on-site, taking steps to reduce damage and prepare for the resumption of operations. It is not clear when the flooding will subside and normal operations at...

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DNR report highlights Wisconsin’s fight for clean drinking water throughout the state

Governor Tony Evers announced the release of the Year of Clean Drinking Water Report on January 8, prepared at his request by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) outlining the path to clean water for all. Governor Evers declared 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water. Action began immediately with several key initiatives that were included in the Governor’s 2019-21 biennial budget proposal. At the governor’s request, the DNR compiled the Year of Clean Drinking Water Report which focuses on accomplishments and plans for achieving and maintaining clean drinking water throughout the state. “My administration is continuing to...

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Coalition of organizations in Milwaukee forms to support victims of hate-motivated incidents

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) recently announced the formation of a coalition of organizations working together to support victims of hate-motivated incidents. The coalition, which calls itself the Community Response Network, has developed a rapid response strategy when hate-motivated incidents occur in our region. “Hate incidents based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and other characteristics can make victims feel isolated, afraid and alone,” said William R. Tisdale, president and CEO of MMFHC. “Given that hate crimes are at a 16-year high, and are growing in aggressiveness and violence, it’s imperative that our community pulls...

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