Jumpst(ART) Downtown

Reignite With a Spark of Creativity

An Infusion of Arts & Culture is Happening Downtown

Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 is proud to introduce Jumpst(ART) Downtown, a new arts and culture initiative to spread joy in our community this summer. New murals, temporary art installations, and performances will pop up in unexpected places, offering safe and exciting ways to experience everything downtown has to offer. 

From chalk murals and live canvas painting in our parks, to surprise street performances and interactive photo ops on our sidewalks, there's something for everyone around every corner! Share your experience with #jumpstARTdowntown. 

Tatay's Truck

Mobile Mural by Emma Daisy Gertel 
June 15, from 11 AM - 1 PM, featuring a street performance by Orlando Peña
Chase Tower at Water & Wisconsin (111 E. Wisconsin Avenue)

There's nothing more synonymous with summer in the city than the return of food trucks downtown. Making its debut in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Meat on the Street's rebranded food truck, Tatay's Truck, features an original design by local artist Emma Daisy Gertel. 

"Tatay" means "father" in Tagalog. Symbols in the mural include family generations passing down traditions; the Filipino sun, representing liberty; three stars, representing the three big islands of the Philippines; Sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines; and banana leaves, a traditional method of cooking and serving Filipino cuisine. Visit Tatay's Truck for this unique intersection of street eats and street art! 

Massimals MKE: Rainbow

Presented by PNC Bank
Artist: Jason Scroggin
June - September at Cathedral Square Park

Just in time to celebrate Pride Month, Massimals MKE, by artist Jason Scroggin of Scroggin Studio, made their triumphant return to Cathedral Square Park for the summer featuring an all-new, colorful sequence. "Massimals MKE: Rainbow," presented by PNC Bank, celebrates the colors of the LGBTQ+ community. Share your experience by using #massimals. 

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True Colors

Supported by Northwestern Mutual and Marcus Performing Arts Center
Artist: Josephine Rice
June at Marcus Performing Arts Center

In celebration of Pride Month, "True Colors" by Milwaukee-native Josephine Rice transformed the Marcus Performing Arts Center's RiverWalk boat landing into a temporary chalk mural, featuring 40+ colors to create the eye-catching composition. 

Schlitz Park Mural

Supported by Schlitz Park 
Artist: Greg Gossel
Installation underway at Schlitz Park

Spanning 10,000 sq. ft., Wisconsin artist Greg Gossel will transform the Schlitz Park powerhouse with downtown's largest mural to date. After a public request for proposals in late 2020, the ownership of Schlitz Park, along with the Downtown Placemaking Task Force and various Schlitz Park tenants, selected Gossel for this massive undertaking. The design will celebrate "the beer that made Milwaukee famous," our manufacturing heritage, and our connection to water. Share your photos as the mural progresses by using #MilwaukeeFamous. 

View the Mural's Live Cam

Coming Soon: "What Lifts You" Mural

Supported by Wisconsin Center District
Artist: Kelsey Montague
4th of July Weekend at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and the Wisconsin Center District are proud to commission internationally-acclaimed street artist Kelsey Montague for a one-of-a-kind mural on the north wall of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, near the intersection of State Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue. With more than 300 installations around the globe, this will be Montague's first mural in Wisconsin. The #WhatLiftsYou project has resonated with millions by creating interactive photo ops, which have been made popular by social media influencers, including Taylor Swift, in recent years. The mural will include #BuildingMorePride to connect with a new streetcar shelter art campaign. 

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Coming Soon: "Building More Pride" Streetcar Shelter Campaign

Supported by Wisconsin Center District
Mid-June thru July at Various Streetcar Station Shelters

Milwaukee is built on pride, and the Wisconsin Center is Building More for the city we love. Later this month, six of The Hop's streetcar station shelters will feature portraits of Milwaukee legends who have undoubtedly built more pride for our city and state. The Downtown Placemaking Task Force and the Wisconsin Center District commissioned local artist Teresa Sahar in early June for the series, which features Hank Aaron, Vel R. Phillips, and Gene Wilder. Watch for the artwork to be installed and on display through the end of July. #BuildingMorePride

"Hank Aaron," by Teresa Sahar. Photograph by Kevin Miyazaki. 

Coming Soon: "Art in the Park"

Live Canvas Painting and Chalk Murals
Supported by MGIC, Herzfeld Foundation, and Milwaukee County Parks
July - September at Red Arrow Park

Starting in July, Red Arrow Park will host live canvas painting and temporary chalk murals each week by various artists. Interested artists are invited and encouraged to participate in this unique paid opportunity by responding to our "Call For Local Artists." Support for this program comes from MGIC, Herzfeld Foundation, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, and Milwaukee County Parks. 

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Coming Soon: Downtown Busker Festival

Live Street Performances 
August 6 - 8, at Various Sculpture Milwaukee Locations

The streets of Milwaukee will fill with music once again. During the U.S.A. Triathlon weekend, August 6 - 8, street performances will take place at eight Sculpture Milwaukee locations in East Town, Westown, and the Historic Third Ward.

Interested local buskers and street performers are invited to apply for our "Call For Buskers/Street Performers." The program is curated in partnership with Sculpture Milwaukee, Imagine MKE, and booking partner, BookLive! The three-day festival will feature up to 100 hours of free performances for the public's enjoyment. 

Photo: Roxie Beane performs at PARK(ing) Day 2018

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