Along with the warm weather and sunny days, June brings Caribbean-American Heritage Month. To celebrate the Caribbean-American community we have here in Milwaukee, we compiled some ideas for what you can do to support this vibrant group no matter what time of year it may be.
For starters, you can take a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). MAM has the largest collection of Haitian Art outside of Haiti. The Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art can be seen among other notable works of art during the museum’s open hours. Simply, pick a day during the month you would like to go and order your tickets ahead of time. Before you go, check out this virtual performance by the Jam Ak Jam Afro-Dance Theatre that touches on the importance of community, family, and religion.
After you take in the history and culture at the museum, stop by the Bronzeville Collective to shop some jewelry and gifts by Papyrus & Charms. Creator and curator, Lilo Allen takes pride in her African American and Jamaican culture so thus created her line of “culturally conscious handmade goods”. Any item from her shop will make the perfect gift or statement piece to show off to your friends and family.