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Coming Together As A Community

Milwaukeeans are getting creative when it comes to finding hope in these challenging times. 

  • The group behind El Conquistador news has launched a crowd-funding campaign for a mural that highlights Milwaukee’s Puerto Rican community.
  • While PrideFest may be canceled this year, there are still groups coming together to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. From OnMilwaukee: “The EnCOURAGEment Project invites people from all over the city and beyond to send a photo of themselves, their families and / or anyone else they are with sheltering in place holding up a sign with an inspiring Pride message. Signs can just read "#ProudlyTogether" or feature a longer message of Pride positivity. Feel free to get super creative or to keep it simple. The photos will be included in a video that will be released on social media during Pride Week. Send your photo to [email protected] by Friday, May 15.
  • The Boys and Girls Club’s Davis Dancers made an adorable video promoting hand-washing set to the musical stylings of Danny Gokey. 
  • A group has come together to support Milwaukee’s high school seniors. Adopt A High School Senior is a Facebook group in which you can “adopt” a senior who will now be graduating virtually. Adopting them means offering up some sort of praise, like gifting them a yard sign, sending them a card, mailing a gift basket, etc. 
  • Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett praised Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in part because of how many testing samples they’ve collected over the last few weeks.
  • Lush Popcorn, which is one of the food vendors in Sherman Phoenix and creates delicious gourmet popcorn varieties, donated hundreds of bags of popcorn to the healthcare workers at Froedtert Hospital. 
  • A neighborhood in Riverwest has a nightly dance party
  • Good City Brewing is not only providing meals to healthcare workers, they’re also putting together virtual thank-you cards. 
  • OnMilwaukee has a great roundup of all of the local places to buy face masks.
  • Wisconsin son Bon Iver released a new song that supports healthcare workers.  
  • LaDonna Telford started a private Facebook group called Jump Rope Squad - Jump for Joy and the group has taken off, with many of 30,000 members jumping rope at home as a stress reliever during the crisis. The group, says Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, is putting Milwaukee on the map for the most delightful of reasons.
  • Irgens announced yesterday that Radcliffe Bailey’s “Pensive” from last year’s Sculpture Milwaukee exhibition will be installed outside the new BMO Harris tower on Water Street.
  • Need something to help with the boredom? Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service compiled 13 totally local livestreams. 
  • The Milwaukee Bucks launched BucksPlay, a content hub to keep us all connected with our favorite basketball players.
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed a stunning virtual rendition of Elgar’s “Nimrod.”.  
  • To celebrate healthcare workers, Lakefront Brewery is giving away free beer to them on Milwaukee Day (April 14). 
  • A growing group of independently owned restaurants have come together to form the Milwaukee Independent Restaurant Coalition to better advocate for themselves and share information. 
  • Enterprise Holdings, which operates a number of rental car companies, has been offering a number of creative ways to help those who might need transportation assistance. 
  • A new initiative has launched called Share Lemonade that seeks to collect positive stories about our community coming together during this crisis. Check it out and submit your stories here.
  • The CDC is recommending face masks for all and OnMilwaukee has rounded up a few good ways you can make your own.
  • Gothic Milwaukee has launched a fantastic scavenger hunt you can do while walking through Milwaukee. A printable version can be found here
  • Christina Wilson Berger and Preetha Kurudiyara came together with the help of Meat on the Street’s Alexa Alfaro to raise over $12,000 to feed local hospitals’ frontline staff. They’ve already delivered over 500 meals.
  • Milwaukee’s National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum is making Dr. Anthony Fauci bobbleheads and $5 for every one sold will go toward the American Hospital Association’s 100 million masks challenge.
    • UPDATE: In one week, the Dr. Anthony Fauci bobbleheads raised $100,000 for the American Hospital Association’s 100 million masks challenge.
  • Metcalfe Park Community Bridges is a group credited with increasing the sense of community in the neighborhood since it launched roughly a decade ago. Now the group is using texting app Hustle to check in on neighbors and address any needs, especially for the elderly. 
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is leading a sing-along every Saturday. Check out their Facebook page each week for the song of the week.
  • David Caruso, entertaining and design expert and owner of Dynamic Events by David Caruso, recently did a segment on the Morning Blend with some great ideas to help you stay active while staying safe. 
  • Milwaukee Independent launched a creative meme series designed to inspire hope. 
  • Jane’s Walk, a series of community-building walks, is on a hiatus this year so instead Jane’s Walk MKE came up with 20 ways you can learn about our community in a solo setting. 
  • The UCC’s Latino Arts is doing a host of awesome things to make its offerings virtual and bring positive vibes to the community. These initiatives include a Spotify playlist cultural art tutorials in English and Spanish, a virtual art cafe, and more.
  • Milwaukee County Transit System will suspend fare collection beginning Saturday, March 28. This is intended to keep both bus drivers and passengers as safe as possible.
  • On March 27, the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County provided meals to hospital associates at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee. You can donate to Salvation Army’s programs here. 
  • Ultimate Confections has begun delivering boxes of chocolates to local hospital emergency rooms and other first-responder locations.
  • Imagine MKE has nearly reached its goal of $50,000 raised to be used as an artist relief fund for local artists. Help them reach the milestone here.
  • Water Street Brewery Hospitality Group is taking an innovative, hilarious approach to earning tips for its workers.
  • On the evening of March 24, downtown buildings like Northwestern Mutual’s tower and Gaslight Building were lit in red, white, and blue as a sign of hope for the community. 
 

  • Danceworks is offering virtual dance classes to relieve some stress at home. 
  • A private donor gifted a six-figure sum to the Sherman Phoenix so that its 27 tenants may stay afloat for at least the next two months. 
  • Fees have been waived for all state parks and trails so you can get a little fresh air, but social distancing is still required. 
  • Newaukee has created a series of virtual events called the Cloud Cafe to connect young professionals from the comfort of their home offices.  
  • We could all use a laugh these days and the Bay View neighborhood has stepped up to the plate. Over the weekend, neighbors organized a dinosaur parade to lift the spirits of those watching from their homes.
  • In that same vein, two local moms are bringing a little levity to Milwaukee by posting hilarious, content from their vantage point at home with kids.
  • The Wisconsin Quilt & Fiber Art Museum, one of the most cherished niche museums in the region, has struck creative gold with its quarantine quilt project. The Museum is encouraging crafters stuck at home to create one 12 x 12 in. quilt square and mail it to the Museum, which will use it to create a large-scale community quilt to be displayed at the museum.
  • #MICMKE was organized as a virtual open mic night for a creative outlet
  • Z2 Marketing has launched The Underground Online Music Series, which offers a series of live performances from local musicians on Facebook Live. A Go Fund Me campaign has also been set up to help support the artists who perform. 
  • DJ Shawna, an uber popular local DJ and producer, is hosting a daily color-and-chat session on Facebook live. 
  • Jazz in the Park may be starting a week later than usual, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear any jazz. The folks behind the popular concert series posted a Spotify playlist for your sonic pleasure. 
  • Milwaukeeans heeded the call of the Wisconsin Humane Society! In just five days 319 animals were either adopted or fostered, making valuable room for animals potentially impacted in this crisis. 
  • The Milwaukee Ballet’s costume shop has started making masks for community members so that they stop touching their faces and helping to stem the spread of COVID-19.