Mark Metcalf

RedLine Milwaukee promotes art, professional development

By - May 6th, 2010 04:00 am

Lori Bauman spends her days at RedLine Milwaukee with “a conglomerate of a million volunteers” and some seriously talented people. The space at 1422 N. 4th Street is bustling with resident artists, their mentors, workshop attendees, teens, student teachers, art therapists and curious visitors. Their mission: to support emerging artists – and keep them in the city – and provide creative development and professional training. “To cross the red line,” they write in their organizational statement, “is to lose the inhibitions that may hold an artist back, while gaining support systems to excite the senses and realize one’s dreams.”

Mark and Lori talk about the value of a creative economy, the way technology is changing the way we think about art, and the real nuts and bolts of the RedLine program. It’s all about collaboration, openness, mentorship, promoting visions of social justice and providing everyone from a new art therapist to a local CEO with resources for getting out of their comfort zones and into a more creative realm of thought.

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RedLine’s latest exhibition, Rebecca Schoenecker’s “Terrible Beauties,”  opened on Gallery Night and stays on view through June 19. Learn more about the show and the RedLine way of life at

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