There is so much to do in Milwaukee in September, and it can be a little overwhelming sorting through the variety of community events. Luckily, Milwaukee's own Adam Carr is on top of it.
Carr is well-known for his tours of the city and he's also the deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. He shares some of the events he's excited about this month:
These are two different events, but Carr says there are a lot of things that connect them.
"There's great food there, there's performances from the neighborhood, there's art from local artists ... but the neighborhoods that they're based in, that they're embedded in are very different from each other, so it looks and feels very differently," he explains.
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The LUNA (Latinas Unidas En Las Artes) Collective is a vocal advocate for Latinx artists, and the HOOPS exhibit is an extension of that focus. The exhibit features photographs of women wearing different kinds of hoop earrings.
"They're taking a piece of jewelry that's important to their cultural identity and using that as a basis for a gallery show about hoop earrings," says Carr.
3. Ciclovia MKE
Organizers on the near South Side close off a long string of streets to give non-motorized vehicles a chance to rule the roads.
"Milwaukee is not terribly bike friendly, but we do have a lot of bikers here. So the idea is to get people who might not otherwise be excited to bike in the streets of Milwaukee, just having a free day to themselves to bike on the streets," Carr says.
4. Minority Health Film Festival
Milwaukee Film's Minority Health Film Festival boasts that it's the "first of its kind in the country." The event features films and events that focus on health care issues facing racial and ethnic minorities.
"There are eight films over four days. They also have a health fair, they're having really great speakers and panels," says Carr.
5. Live Pitch Event
This is an event where local entrepreneurs pitch their business plan for the opportunity to win money and mentorship. It's part of the Rev-Up Milwaukee Small Business Competition. The pitch event has been compared to a local version of the TV show Shark Tank.
"It's a little less cutthroat than something like the Shark Tank. There's more of a sort of nurturing and supportive environment there, but it's great to see some of the entrepreneurs, small business owners, some of the aspirational folks who are working toward their goals in Milwaukee," says Carr.