Traveling Towards One Collective Voice
Throughout history, our American streets have traveled countless individuals towards one collective voice. From cobblestone walkways to main streets to highways, our roads have always upheld our First Amendment Right, the Freedom of Speech. In this historic year of transformation, the streets around Milwaukee’s City Hall will be outfitted with images and verbiage by two local artists, Della Wells and Dasha Kelly Hamilton. The Road of Democracy project, curated by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, commemorates the 2020 Democratic National Convention and aspires to spur local and national dialogue on race and democracy. Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 commissioned the poem, “Of” by Milwaukee's Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, and paired the text with original artwork from previous Artist of the Year, Della Wells.
In all, 58 banners will be on display near City Hall (Water Street and Kilbourn Avenue), between August – December 2020, before finding a permanent home at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, where they will be preserved for future installations and exhibits. Dedicated to the countless individuals who have demonstrated strength and perseverance in historic movements on our streets near and far, and for the thousands yet to march, this is The Road of Democracy.
"Here It Is," Della Wells, 2020