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Jane's Walk MKE Kickoff Event -- Seeding Grassroots

05-02-20185:30 PM  - 8:30 PMTurner Hall Ballroom 1040 North 4th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203



Join us for the Jane’s Walk MKE kickoff, Seeding Grassroots, which marks the beginning of an extraordinary month of Milwaukee, bringing together Milwaukeeans to walk, talk, explore, and reimagine our city.

The kickoff starts with a free community meal with community organizations highlighting projects and initiatives which promote community building, healthy living, and all things that make Milwaukee a great place. The evening culminates with a panel discussion by Milwaukeeans who embody Jane Jacob’s grassroots spirit and have been involved in projects to revitalize Milwaukee at the neighborhood level. Each panelist has made a tremendous mark on the city and community - we can’t wait to see what they do next!


5:30-6:20pm: Enjoy a piping hot bowl of Jamaican stew and conversation. In an expo style, you can learn about community organizations and their placemaking and community- and neighborhood-building projects. Learn more about Jane Jacobs through video clips and a library of books to kickstart your reading list. Learn about the wealth of citizen-led neighborhood explorations planned throughout May - explore your own neighborhood and visit others! You’ll receive a Bingo card when you arrive and are sure to be a Jane’s Walk expert by the time you leave.

6:30-7:30pm: Panel discussion and talkback

Introduction by Julilly Kohler of Milwaukee Turners and Dominic Inouye of ZIP MKE.

Michael Carriere is an avid placemaker and has worked on projects including the Peace Place Park on MLK, the UMOS mural on 1st & Mitchell, and is a co-coordinator of ReciproCITY. He’s an associate professor of history at MSOE and links history and culture to community-building projects.

Adam Carr is the author of the book Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, co-chair of the "200 Nights of Freedom" project, and well-known for his neighborhood tours with NEWaukee and beyond.

Antoine Carter is director of Groundwork Milwaukee and manager of its largest program, Milwaukee Urban Gardens (MUG), works to strengthen neighborhoods and transform the landscape one lot at a time.

Mikal Floyd Pruitt is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines hip-hop, painting, and sculpture. He is an artist-in-residence at Jazale’s Art Studio in the Bronzeville neighborhood and is also a representative of I AM MILWAUKEE.

Tatiana Maida is the Healthy Choices Department Manager, an obesity intervention program at Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, and focuses on family education and community leadership development.

Tim Syth developed 5Wise Workshop, a co-working space in the Silver City neighborhood, as well as a consultant on numerous projects relating to small businesses and community development.

Ruth Weill is a long-time community organizer in the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods and brings people together through art and large-scale community events, such as the Center Street Daze Festival and Fourth of July Celebration in Gordon Park.

Venice Williams is the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden and its visionary leader. She has been working for the last 27 years to bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places in Milwaukee.

7:30-8:30pm: Music and mingling - additional time to fill up your Bingo card!

Suggested donation $10 to support Jane’s Walk MKE and the Milwaukee Turners. Students are free. Beer and soda available for purchase.

Jane’s Walk MKE is part of a worldwide movement of over 200 cities hosting free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs, but Milwaukee is unique by expanding Jane’s Walk from one weekend to the whole month! Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighborhood planning and city-building.

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