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. 

"Art in the Park" Series

Supported by MGIC, Herzfeld Foundation, and Milwaukee County Parks

Starting in July, Red Arrow Park will host live canvas painting and temporary chalk murals each week by local artists. 

July 9: Sara Bott (canvas painting)
July 14: Drew York (canvas painting)
July 17: Erico Ortiz (canvas painting) and Shelley Heath (chalk mural)
July 23: John Kowalczyk (canvas painting) and Iz Salvia (chalk mural)
July 30: Ken Brown (canvas painting) and Teresa Sahar (chalk mural)
August 6: Kimberly Burnett (canvas painting) 
August 11: Stephanie Krellwitz (canvas painting) and K. Dyble Thompson (chalk mural)
August 30: Dave Watkins - Real Abstract Art (canvas painting)
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Buskerfest

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

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

Over 60 local musicians will take to the streets of East Town, Westown, and the Historic Third Ward for the three-day downtown music festival. Virtual tips are encouraged, so keep your eyes peeled for signage next to each performer and help local music thrive. 

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

See the Lineup Here

"What Lifts You" Mural

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Artist: Kelsey Montague

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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"Building More Pride" Streetcar Shelter Campaign

Supported by Wisconsin Center District

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. 

Schlitz Park Mural

Supported by Schlitz Park 
Artist: Greg Gossel

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. 

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! 

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. 

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