Arts and Culture Advancing Public Health Cohort  


INTRODUCTION

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.   

WHAT IS IT?

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). 

WHO IS THIS IDEAL FOR?

  • You’re an artist or creative who’d like to apply your practice in service towards a neighborhood plan; or 
  • You’re a leader at an arts and cultural organization, and wonder how your organization can build or adapt programs for deeper impact; or 
  • You’re active in advancing public health in your community, and want to connect to arts and culture resources to strengthen your work; and 
  • You’re any of the above and consider yourself a curious and continuous learner who wants to do this work in fellowship with and accountable to a group of peers. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It will run from April 2021 – December 2021, and we anticipate 12 participants in the cohort.  It will be mainly done virtually – from cohort convenings via zoom, online discussions and individual, group and peer coaching.  It will be led by Imagine MKE's Sr. Dir. of Collective Impact, MacArthur Antigua, who has convened similar cohorts for other Casey Foundation grantees.   

There is no cost to participate.   

If you’d like to participate in the cohort, please watch the brief Introduction video, and then complete the Interest Form below. Upon submission, you will then be invited to the virtual platform to prepare for the Orientation on April 1, 2021.   

For more information, please contact MacArthur Antigua – mantigua [at] imaginemke.org.