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. 

Inside Out Project

After winning the TED Prize in 2011, French-artist JR launched the Inside Out Project. Using his own artistic practice as inspiration, this participatory platform helps individuals and communities to make a statement by displaying large-scale black and white portraits in public spaces. Through their "Actions," communities around the world have sparked collaborations and conversations.

Over the past decade, more than 400,000 people spanning across 138 countries have participated in the Inside Out Project. The project has reached all continents, with over 2,000 actions created. Click here to learn more about this global public art project. 

The Milwaukee community is invited to participate in the project on Friday, August 27, from 10 AM - 4 PM, by having their portrait taken, printed and installed on the plaza outside of Chase Tower at Water & Wisconsin, and on the adjacent RiverWalk. 

What Lifts You

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Artist: Kelsey Montague

Over Independence Day weekend, a one-of-a-kind photo op by national street artist Kelsey Montague was installed at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Montague's Milwaukee mural features a peacock, which symbolizes self-expression, integrity, and pride. These qualities are also mirrored in the Wisconsin Center District's values to "Be Bold. Be Proud. Be Experience Obsessed," and, by extension, reflect Wisconsin Center's expansion campaign, #BuildingMorePride. 

The hashtag connects the project to works by local artist Teresa Sahar that were installed on The Hop streetcar station shelters in July. Learn more about Milwaukee's "What Lifts You" project here

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Schlitz Park Mural

Supported by Schlitz Park 
Artist: Greg Gossel

Spanning nearly 10,000 sq. ft., Wisconsin-based artist Greg Gossel transformed the Schlitz Park powerhouse with downtown's largest mural to date. After a public request for proposals was issued 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 celebrates "the beer that made Milwaukee famous," our manufacturing heritage, and our connection to water. Share your photos of the mural by using #MilwaukeeFamous. 

Art in the Park

Supported by MGIC, Herzfeld Foundation, and Milwaukee County Parks

The Downtown Placemaking Task Force, with support from MGIC and the Herzfeld Foundation, commissioned over a dozen local artists for a new park activation series called "Art in the Park." Starting in July, local artists expressed their creativity through live canvas painting and temporary chalk murals on the plaza. 

Past projects include live canvas painting by Sara Bott, Drew York, Erico Ortiz, John Kowalczyk, Ken Brown, and Kimberly Burnett, and chalk murals by Shelley Heath, Iz Salvia, Teresa Sahar, and K. Dyble Thompson. In addition, local artist Emma Daisy Gertel was commissioned to create new park branding, and was first introduced on pole banners throughout the park.

Upcoming "Art in the Park" Dates: 
  • September 7: Stephanie Krellwitz (canvas painting)
  • September 10: Nima Ghazai (canvas painting) and Teresa Sahar (chalk mural)

    "Building More Pride" Streetcar Shelter Campaign

    Supported by Wisconsin Center District
    June - July 2021 

    Milwaukee is built on pride, and the Wisconsin Center is Building More for the city we love. Now on display, six of The Hop's streetcar station shelters feature portraits of Milwaukee legends who have undoubtedly built more pride for our city. The Downtown Placemaking Task Force and the Wisconsin Center District commissioned Milwaukee artist Teresa Sahar in early June for the series, which features Hank Aaron, Vel R. Phillips, and Gene Wilder. #BuildingMorePride

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

    Massimals MKE: Rainbow

    Presented by PNC Bank
    Artist: Jason Scroggin

    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. 

    Buskerfest

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

    Downtown streets filled with music, during the first-ever Jumpst(ART) Downtown Buskerfest during the USA Triathlon weekend, Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8. Various Sculpture Milwaukee sites came to life with street performances featuring hip hop and R&B, jazz, Americana, acoustic, instrumental, funk and soul. 

    Over 60 local musicians took to the streets of East Town, Westown, and the Historic Third Ward for the three-day downtown music festival. 

    Photo: Orlando Peña performs at Jumpst(ART) Downtown (2021) 

    See the Lineup Here

    Tatay's Truck

    Mobile Mural by Emma Daisy Gertel 

    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! 

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