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MKE It Back: More than 70 small business owners to get financial assistance with grant from Downtown BID

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 launched the “MKE It Back” Grant program in February to assist downtown small businesses in their recovery from the pandemic. More than 70 restaurants, bars, salons, barbershops, and retailers will be the recipients of the grant, bringing the total grant allocation to $250,000. Funding could be applied towards operating expenses or innovative marketing pivots in response to the pandemic. To be eligible, the business had to be located within the geographic boundaries of Milwaukee Downtown BID #21. The business was also required to be a retailer, restaurant, bar, or personal service provider, such as a...

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Tiffany Krihwan: Longtime S/V Denis Sullivan captain departs Milwaukee to command 127-year-old Schooner

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) announced on February 22 that Tiffany Krihwan would be the new Captain of the historic Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey, a renovated tall ship which is expected to arrive at the Cape Cod campus in the Fall of 2021. Captain Krihwan joins the MMA staff from Discovery World in Milwaukee where she was Director of Marine Operations since 2014 and Senior Captain of the Denis Sullivan, a 19th-century Great Lakes schooner, since 2008. “I knew that someday I would leave the S/V Denis Sullivan, but I was hoping it would be on my terms,” said Captain Krihwan....

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John Ridley launches Nō Studios Artist Grant Program to help Wisconsin’s creatives during the pandemic

Nō Studios founder John Ridley announced on February 22 that the organization had established the Nō Studios Artist Grant Program. The program, entirely self-funded by the Nō Studios collaborative, has pledged to give up to $100,000 annually to support Wisconsin artists, especially those in historically underserved populations, to help them realize the completion of their artistic endeavors. “I remember how challenging it was to find resources to complete the creative projects I wanted to complete,” said John Ridley, Nō Studios founder. “It’s an honor to be able to help fund artists and provide the resources they need to help...

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WisDOT podcast features pandemic-specific safety tips for highway travel across Midwest states

Midwestern states have been collaborating on a variety of transportation issues, from the future of vehicle technology to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts, led by the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials (MAASTO), are the topic of a special three-part series of Transportation Connects Us, the official podcast of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). “While each of the 10 states in the Midwest have their own unique characteristics and challenges, at the same time there are a lot of similarities in some of the issues that we deal with,” said Craig Thompson, MAASTO President and...

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Blackistory: Milwaukee-based family business launches educational Black History App for mobile devices

A local family-owned business announces the launch of a new educational product, “Blackistory,” an African American History app available on Apple and Google platforms as well as online. The company, Kairo Communications – owned by business partners Deborah Blanks, Geraud Blanks, and Element Everest Blanks, finalized the app after several years of product development and testing. Kairo developed Blackistory with technical support provided by App Brewery, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee mobile innovation lab. Blackistory consists of 1,000 multiple choice questions organized in 10 categories: Africa, Inequality, Civil Rights, Government, Community Development, Individual Achievements, Diaspora, Quotations, Music, the Arts, Writing,...

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Michael Snowden: Storytellers have a responsibility to facilitate spaces for sharing the authentic truth

Three C’s define Michael Snowden’s work: curiosity, compassion and conversation. Snowden is a Milwaukee-based creative, and the founder of Evelyn’s Angel – a nonprofit that advocates, trains, and provides individually curated care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Through filmmaking, photography, collaborative projects and community programs, Snowden creates spaces for Milwaukeeans to tell their stories. | Q&A with Michael Snowden Milwaukee Independent: How would you describe your mission as an artist and storyteller? Is there a philosophy to your narrative? Michael Snowden: Being a storyteller is an ever evolving journey. I am learning that there is no...

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