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    Jumpst(ART) Downtown

    Reignite with a Spark of Creativity this Summer

    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! Local artists are invited and encouraged to get involved.

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    The Largest Outdoor Art Gallery at Your Fingertips

    For over a century, downtown has hosted Milwaukee’s largest collection of outdoor public art. Now, for the first time, this impressive array of over 140 monuments, sculptures, and murals is at your fingertips. From monuments depicting wartime heroes to graffiti-style murals celebrating “414,” downtown’s streets, parks, and even alleys have something for everyone.

    So, whether you’re visiting from the comfort of your home, or exploring our streets on a self-guided tour, let downtown’s one-square-mile delight you with its awe-inspiring works of world-class public art.

    Downtown's Mural Matchmaker

    Since 2017, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 has demonstrated an unrivaled commitment to supporting the arts by leveraging $250,000 to fund district-defining murals in partnership with various property owners and artists. Your wall may be the perfect canvas for downtown’s next colorful mural. If you are interested in creating vibrant neighborhood enhancements and fostering a deeper sense of connection between your building and the community, let us know. Our staff and the Downtown Placemaking Task Force will review project proposals on a case-by-case basis and evaluate if it is a good fit for our District Mural Arts Program.

    District Mural Operations Guide

    Our Downtown Community Public Art