Building Community with Compassion
In February 2020, Milwaukee Downtown began a two-year project with the Grand Avenue Club, a non-profit organization that serves adults experiencing a mental illness. The project commissioned local artist Tia Richardson to lead club members in a hands-on and interactive planning and painting process.
The mural depicts the activities that take place inside the Grand Avenue Club, including references to its culinary and retail training programs, as well as the sense of community it creates for its members. Tia incorporated feedback from members into the mural, titled "Building Community with Compassion." The mural can be seen above the building's Water Street courtyard entrance, near the corner of Water and Michigan Streets.