We believe in the power of arts and culture to transform Milwaukee.
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Let’s Imagine Milwaukee as the world-class arts and culture city that it is.

Imagine MKE is a diverse coalition united to advance both a thriving arts and culture sector and the sector's contributions to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of Milwaukee. Our vision is an inclusive, engaged, and inspired Milwaukee that is recognized as a world-class city for creating and experiencing arts and culture.  

More than 100 artists, arts and culture leaders, and community leaders participated in 27 planning meetings over a nine month period to design Imagine MKE.

Four key priorities emerged:

  1. Making Milwaukee a great place for artists to live and work

  2. Lifting up and supporting arts and culture in our diverse neighborhoods

  3. Advancing public policy to better support our diverse arts and culture sector

  4. Building both Milwaukee’s brand as an arts and culture destination and public support in our region for arts and culture

Together, we are launching a new organization to serve as the hub, organizer, and advocate for the arts and culture sector in Milwaukee by advancing shared objectives and work in each of the four priorities.

Under the leadership of our new CEO, board, and growing staff, we will be building measurable collective impact strategies to launch in the Fall, 2019.

Milwaukee can become one of America’s most vibrant cities through the collective impact of our remarkable talent, rich diversity and inspiring culture.
— Katie Heil, Chair of the Board


We invite you to join us.

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