To be chosen

As a Creative to put on for the city I was home grown in

Is a labor of love

A birthright, never to be taken for granted

Using the gifts I was blessed with

To help change the narrative

Highlighting both the beauty and resilience 

That combats the distorted lens inflicted upon her, Milwaukee

Backing her artists like a mother who fiercely protects her young

Never forgetting the promise that was bestowed upon them

Before our debut into this world...


The poem (excerpted above), written by spoken word artist, community healer, performer, musician, and facilitator Brit Nicole for this year's video, reflects on the purpose, ferocity, discipline and unique perspectives of the Milwaukee creatives who share their gifts and make this community overflow with creativity.

Our thanks to video producer Johnson Media Consulting and sponsor MKE Theatre District.

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