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Creative MKE

Creative MKE features leaders within Milwaukee’s creative sector, inviting listeners to reimagine Milwaukee's arts and culture as a powerful driver of vibrancy in our community. Host Elisabeth Gasparka, along with a rotating cast of Imagine MKE staffers, engage in compelling conversations with guests to highlight the transformative power of their work in our region. Creative MKE is a podcast production of Imagine MKE.

Latest Episodes
  • The attraction of the outside world to Milwaukee is not an accident, and is, in large part due to the work of VISIT Milwaukee—Peggy Williams Smith, Joshua Albrecht, and Claire Koenig—who champion and lift up the city’s culture every day through their work.
  • Tia Richardson and Jordan Banks are leading an effort to create a mural to honor and commemorate Jordan's father, the athlete, "artist", and former U.S. National Soccer player, Jimmy Banks. The mural will be in the newly named Jimmy Banks Memorial Stadium.
  • D Kirschling, a board member and the volunteer coordinator at the non- profit organization Girls Rock & Ladies Rock MKE where Participants attend camps and workshops where they experiment and learn music in a safe space.
  • In his decade plus living in Milwaukee, Michael Lagerman obtained his MFA at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, has built a sense of belonging within the film and art communities and has contributed to diverse arts programming.
  • Retired advertising executive, Carl Brown, along with his wife had the idea to launch a jazz festival in their home city of Milwaukee with the proceeds going to charity. Now in its fifth season, the Fresh Coast Jazz Festival continues to delight jazz lovers and serve the community.
  • Artist, gallerist and curator John Riepenhoff has built an art world enterprise over the last two decades, representing Milwaukee on a global stage.
  • Geraud Blanks has always been willing to push boundaries — from his early days at UWM leading the student organization SCOPE to his work as chief innovation officer at Milwaukee Film.
  • It all started with deciding to employ a different social media approach: dreaming up engaging content first and finding ways to tell stories about the eclectic offerings of the Milwaukee Public Library system through that content.