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Riverworks in collaboration with artists of all mediums, stakeholders, partners and residents are working together to create a comprehensive art guide. This guide will steer creative placemaking projects for the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods and beyond.

What is an Art Guide?

Why an Art Guide?

As Riverworks continues community development in Harambee, Riverwest and along the Beerline Trail it is important to build a best practices guide for working with artists and residents. This guide will ensure community voices are being heard and  creative placemaking projects are reflective of the vibrant communities we serve.  

What is creative placemaking?

Creative Placemaking uses arts, culture and space to bring economic development to the community. We work with community residents, businesses and other stakeholders to build power within the community through the utilization of public spaces. Harnessing art and culture we build bridges across generations, cultures, ethnicities and neighborhoods. We seek to foster social cohesion through collaborations. 

What is the project timeline?

Creating an comprehensive guide for art and creative placemaking projects in Harambee and Riverwest is no small feat and we need your help to create something intentional and impactful. As we continue to build our Art Guide Committee we will start facilitation events in the Fall of 2022. Through workshops and community input sessions our goal is to release this comprehensive documents for the community in the spring of 2023.  

How can I get Involved?

There are a variety of different capacities to be involved in creating this comprehensive guide: 

1. Take the Art Guide Questionnaire 

2. Join the Art Guide Committee by filling out the contact form below

3. Attend community workshops and input sessions for the Art Guide (Dates TBD) 

4. Share information about this project with a friend, neighbor, or artist who would be interested in contributing to its creation 

Contact us to find out more

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Part 3: A History of the Beerline Trail- a series celebrating the Beerline Trail

Part 3: A History of the Beerline Trail- a series celebrating the Beerline Trail

Keynote speaker Reggie Jackson shares an in-depth history of the Beerline Trail, from an active rail line through the 1970s to a nation-leading creative placemaking project. The Beerline Trail has served many purposes in its lengthy history, with its most recent rebirth acting as a catalyst for community and economic development. Reggie is a Co-Founder and Lead Trainer/Consultant for Nurturing Diversity Partners, a consulting firm that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equity within institutions and communities. Jackson is a Milwaukee native and nationally recognized speaker, researcher, writer, and consultant to the media on race relations. He helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all its citizens. Reggie shares seldom-told stories and data about the experiences of African-Americans and other peoples of color past and present. Reggie has an amazing capacity to read, research, and absorb American history. He has a talent for synthesizing the material to make it compelling and meaningful for youth and adults from diverse racial/ethnic, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. The event featured a panel of local officials and stakeholders talking about the Beerline Trail – its history and its future. Panelists included: - Sandra Gaillard, Harambee Resident and Artist - Darryl Johnson, Executive Director, Riverworks Development Corporation - John Schmid, Retired Journalist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Part 4: Economic Impact of Creative PlacemakingDescription

Part 4: Economic Impact of Creative PlacemakingDescription

The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project hosted the final webinar of its series celebrating the Beerline Trail on May 25. Keynote speakers Mark Treskon and Kimberly Burrowes, researchers at the Urban Institute, discussed their newest report, “Embedding Equity into Placemaking: An Examination of the ‘Milwaukee Method’ of Creative Placemaking in Practice.” Efforts to build equitable creative-placemaking approaches are underway across the country. This report examines two creative-placemaking efforts in Milwaukee: the Beerline Trail and the Night Market. For both efforts, stakeholders in the city are building a practice to change how people see and experience the places around them. This “Milwaukee Method” of creative placemaking informs and shapes distinct creative-placemaking projects in the city to model a broader approach to place-based investing. The creative-placemaking projects were examined through a lens of inclusive, community-oriented development, with the goal of helping local stakeholders more effectively communicate the benefits and effects of placemaking in their work. This lens shows that how people feel about where they live, visit, and work affects their feelings of belonging, social cohesion, and identity. In addition to using the inclusive, community-oriented development lens, we determine how the lessons from the planning and implementation of these projects shape efforts to strengthen equity in the city and region. The findings capture takeaways to advance the creative-placemaking sector and drive future equitable investments. The webinar featured a panel of local officials and stakeholders talking about the impact of the Beerline Trail and the Night Market locally.
Streetlights - Public Art Project
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