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ZIP MKE Continues to Celebrate Milwaukee This Winter & Spring

New exhibits, a bus tour, and a new partnership with Jane’s Walk MKE

By - Feb 26th, 2018 12:53 pm

Milwaukee, WI – ZIP MKE is offering many ways to celebrate Milwaukee this winter and spring, with new exhibit venues, a civil rights bus tour, and this May’s Jane’s Walks.

EXHIBITIONS

After a February run at the Cedarburg Library, ZIP MKE’s exhibit–featuring almost 300 photographs of Milwaukee–moves to Coffee Makes You Black (March 1-18), which will host an opening celebration this Friday (March 2, 5:30-8 pm).  The exhibit will then travel to three unique places during the next few months:

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Spring Festival of Cultures (March 20-22), which encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible identities among the MCW community.
  • During April’s Gallery Night & Day (April 20, 5-8 pm, and April 21, 10-4 pm), ZIP MKE joins UWM’s 320 Studio at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the Mobile Design Box to reflect upon the active and passive relationships between architecture and people.  In addition to photography and displays, a special panel discussion will occur on April 21 at noon, featuring Allyson Nemec (Principal Architect at Quorum Architects), Bobby Tanzilo (Senior Editor/Writer at OnMilwaukee), and photographer Karl Herschede.
  • Finally, during the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s run of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and two other plays–all part of their Neighbor Series (April 10-May 13)–the exhibit will highlight Milwaukee neighborhoods in the Rep’s lobby.

TOURS

ZIP MKE continues this winter and spring to engage and connect communities.

  • Founder and director Dominic Inouye will lead a sold-out Civil Rights History bus tour (March 11) for the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches and offered in conjunction with the museum’s Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights (through March 25).
  • ZIP MKE is partnering with Milwaukee Turners as Jane’s Walk MKE (janeswalkmke.com) to host citizen-led neighborhood explorations and community-building events the entire month of May.  These walks–part of a global movement–embody urban activist Jane Jacob’s legacy through observing, reflecting, questioning, and collectively reimagining the places in which Milwaukeeans live, work and play.

BACKGROUND

ZIP MKE launched its crowdsourced photography website in September 2016 and currently has an archive of almost 2,000 photographs featuring the faces, places, and experiences in all 28 Milwaukee ZIP Codes.  Since January 2017, it has

  • hosted twelve public exhibits at public libraries, summer block parties, park pop-ups, and a high school gallery.
  • led five neighborhood walks–including one for the 2017 Jane’s Walk and two for the 2017 Doors Open Milwaukee–and one bus tour for Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium’s African American Male Initiative Summer Institute
  • hosted a Greater Milwaukee Foundation On the Table event and has been hosting monthly community engagement events called (Dis)comfort Zones, aimed at connecting people from different neighborhoods with fun, engaging activities.

Last fall, Milwaukee Magazine awarded ZIP MKE “Best Grassroots Art Project 2017.”

ZIP MKE is a grassroots community engagement organization that uses photography to celebrate all 28 ZIP Codes in the city, engage and connect communities, and expand social perspectives by diminishing preconceived assumptions.  For more information, please visit zipmke.com or send a message to contact@zipmke.com.

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