Wisconsin’s Avenue to the Arts
In our efforts to reclaim Milwaukee’s main street, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 declared 2017 “The Year of Wisconsin Avenue.” The International Downtown Association award-winning program brought ten colorful utility box murals to the street, completed by national artist Mauricio Ramirez.
Each mural tells the story of Wisconsin Avenue’s rich history of commerce, diversity of people and architecture, and its undoubtedly bright future. Since 2017, Mauricio continues to reside in Milwaukee and has transformed overlooked walls into some of the city’s brightest and largest murals, including “Heart & Sol,” commissioned by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 on the Community Advocates building in 2019. Wisconsin Avenue utility box murals have even inspired the creation of a citywide utility box mural program.