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Sculpture of Community Self-portraits Unveiled

Sculpture of Community Self-portraits Unveiled

Next Mitchell Street library artist-in-residence announced.

Celebration of Fifteen Years of the Nohl Fellowship Program Concludes with the Mary Nohl Variety Show and 15th Anniversary Party, December 15 at Company Brewing
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Celebration of Fifteen Years of the Nohl Fellowship Program Concludes with the Mary Nohl Variety Show and 15th Anniversary Party, December 15 at Company Brewing

Expect performances from former Nohl Fellows, Suitcase awardees, their families, and friends.

New Mural Installation at MPL Mitchell Street Branch Kicks Off “Our Town” Artist Residency
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New Mural Installation at MPL Mitchell Street Branch Kicks Off “Our Town” Artist Residency

The mural was designed by the library teen interns with support from the artist-in-residence on the project, Erick Ledesma.

Haggerty Museum of Art Celebrates Fifteenth Anniversary of the Nohl Fellowship Program With Two New Exhibitions
Planning Underway for “Our Town” Grant, Artist-In-Residence Selected
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Planning Underway for “Our Town” Grant, Artist-In-Residence Selected

Collaboration Selected by NEA to be housed at MPL Mitchell Street Branch

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Thirteenth Funding Cycle
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The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Thirteenth Funding Cycle

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), announces the thirteenth funding cycle of the GMF’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists.

Mitchell Street Tells Its Story

Mitchell Street Tells Its Story

A new public art project captures the history and people of the near South Side.

Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell
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Listening to Mitchell announces its Grand Opening on July 11th from 6-­8pm with an immersive audio installation at 723 W. Mitchell

Thomsen & Carr launch multiple entry points to engage with public art installation

Listening to Mitchell, an interactive public art project of image and sound by  Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, coming to Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street
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Listening to Mitchell, an interactive public art project of image and sound by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, coming to Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street

Seven block temporary public artwork excavates street’s present through the act of listening

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Mess
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Mess

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager’s drunk driving arrest last week removes her from behind the wheel of her state-owned vehicle for a year, and puts Governor Jim Doyle in the driver’s seat. The two had squabbled, privately, over terms of the Governor’s jobs bill, with Lautenschlager threatening to use her authority to see that the law comply with the state’s environmental regulations, which she intimated it did not. This sort of independent action by an attorney general is not new in Wisconsin. Doyle was the chief practitioner of it, but then again, he was a Democrat, and the Governor at the time was a Republican. The press has made note that Doyle suggests Lautenschlager forgo some of her pay as a sort of penance for her indiscretion, a matter that remains unresolved at this time. Doyle also suggested that Lautenschlager consider entering a program to treat problem drinkers. He said that he had a number of friends who had been in a similar situation and that the treatment had helped them. In fact, the public admission of guilt and responsibility (which Lautenschlager made) is usually accompanied these days with a prompt acknowledgement that a problem exists. The subject then usually promptly enters a treatment program and completes it, after which the matter is forgotten. Lautenschlager has not made that admission thus far, which leaves her in the position of either not having a “problem” or being “in denial” of it. It does leave Doyle high and dry, however, and much less likely to face interference in his plans from that peskiest of all politicians – an ambitious Attorney General. Walker at the War Memorial County Executive Scott Walker welcomed about 100 well-clad guests to a fundraiser February 26th at the War Memorial Center. The strictly upper-crust affair was a Republican-type fundraiser, which meant that hard liquor was consumed (in moderation) and beer, for the most part, was ignored. For those fans of the frothy stuff, Walker offered Miller products and Heineken. Food was by Ellen’s Prestige Catering, and included strolling waiters, another classy touch. Menu items included spinach somethings, meat and melted cheese on sandwich rounds, wrapped up little salmon tidbits, an entirely unsuccessful raspberry-brie tart, platters of some kind of 21st century sandwich product along with perfectly delicious fruit. The event was unmarred by public oratory, but was enhanced by an A-list of locals practicing up for the next time Bush is in town. Among the exalted: George Dalton, Dennis Kuester (on crutches), Michael Cudahy, mourning the recent death of Daniel Urban Kiley, creator of the $4 million Cudahy garden outside the adjacent Milwaukee Art Museum, Fred Luber, Tim Hoeksma, Carol Skornicka, John Finerty, Jim Weichmann, Joe Rice, Mary Buestrin, Corey Hoze and developer Mark Irgens. Hoze has secured speaker Dennis Hastert to appear at a $2000 fundraiser on his hopeless behalf in his upcoming congressional campaign. That’s rich. Marvin Pratt popped in and worked the crowd for about 20 minutes before his cop told him it was time to […]