Arts and Culture Advancing Public Health Cohort  


As Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley took office, in his August 10, 2020 address he laid out his vision to achieve racial equity and to make Milwaukee the healthiest county in Wisconsin. The three focus areas: intentional inclusion in decision making, bridging the gap in health disparities, and investing resources in residents and communities that have been traditionally marginalized.  

Before COVID-19, this vision would have already required an all-hands-on-deck approach – but the ambition may have seemed too far out of reach to inspire deep and broad engagement. However, the dual and interrelated crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism in Milwaukee have brought a moment of urgency to this important goal.  Imagine MKE aspires to respond to this by aligning the contributions of our arts and culture community towards addressing the public health issues in our region.   

This Cohort is just one way to leverage our strongest muscles at Imagine MKE – to convene and connect the sector in working towards big, critical goals.   


Thanks to the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Imagine MKE will be convening the Arts and Culture Advancing Public Health Cohort – an action-learning community where participants are committed to aligning an arts/cultural practice in service to a public health goal.  To guide our work, we’re using the frameworks of the Arts & Culture in Public Health (Artplace/Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida), and Results Count (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Read more in this blog post by MacArthur Antigua, our Senior Director of Collective Impact.


We are excited to introduce our Cohort participants! Click on each name to read more about them and the project they'll be working on in the Cohort.