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The Artist as Problem Solver III: The Role of Art and Cultural Work in Inclusive Future-building -- Half Day Opening Session

About this Event

The Joyce Foundation and TRUE Skool are pleased to announce their partnership on the third Midwest convening of the “Artist as Problem Solver” summit to be held at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. on March 26 and 27.

This interactive, convening is *free* and open to artists, cultural workers, arts and community organization administrators and stewards, arts educators, small business owners/entrepreneurs, local government staff, planners, economic development strategists, funders, researchers, and other stakeholders working in or interested in Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minn.-St. Paul or elsewhere in the Great Lakes region. Packed with field and active practice examples, the summit is limited to 100 registrants. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

Summit Agenda:

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Optional Tour: Understanding Milwaukee’s Cultural Landscape -- This mobile tour of MKE's contemporary arts and community placemaking/placekeeping institutions, landmarks and initiatives is intended to provide context for those coming to the summit from other cities. Curated by summit co-host's TRUE Skool. Limited seats are available for the tour. Please contact Shalina S. Ali at to reserve a space.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 4:00 pm-8:50 pm

(Registration & Mini-Clinics from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm)

5:00 pm-7:30 pm Opening Keynote and Panel -- Speakers include:

Reginald Baylor, Artist, Milwaukee, WIBrenda Coley, Milwaukee Water CommonsJuana Guzman, I Juana Know, Chicago, ILTracie D. Hall, The Joyce Foundation, Chicago, ILTamara Lynette Hogans, Bader Philanthropies, Milwaukee, WIRick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Houston, TXFidel Verdin, TRUE Skool, Milwaukee, WIJim Walker, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis, IN

7:30 pm-8:50 pm Artist as Problem Solver Networking Dinner and Dialogue --

What is the role of the arts in building and sustaining the communities we want to live in? How do artists and other community and social justice stewards collaborate to extend their reach and impact? Featuring live performances by community artists. (Dinner Venue: Caribbean Jewel)

9:30 pm - UNTIL After Hours Social -- Location will be provided to attendees. For the night owls, don't miss this opportunity to meet and mingle with like minds from Milwaukee and out-of-town.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 8:00 am -5:00 pm

(Registration & Mini-Clinics from 8:05 am-8:30 am)

8:30 am-5:00 pm Opening Keynote and Panel -- Speakers include:

Paola Aguirre, Borderless Studio, Chicago, ILShalina S. Ali, TRUE Skool, Milwaukee, WILisa Caesar, No Studios, Milwaukee, WIJennifer Coleman, Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OHFrank Cumberbatch, Bader Philanthropies, Milwaukee, WIDeAnna & Roger Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, MNChris Devins, Artist, Chicago, ILDaniel Gray-Kontar, Twelve Literary Arts, Cleveland, OHJuana Guzman, I Juana Know, Chicago, ILTracie D. Hall, The Joyce Foundation, Chicago, ILTamara Lynette Hogans, Bader Philanthropies, Milwaukee, WIFrances Kai-Hwa Wang, Vincent Chin Project, Detroit, MIRick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Houston, TXShauta Marsh, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis, INJeanette Martin, Artist, Milwaukee, WIRoy Priest, National Economic Development Strategist, Washington, DCSean Smith, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis, INFidel Verdin, TRUE Skool, Milwaukee, WIJim Walker, Big Car Collaborative, Indianapolis, IN

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 5:00 pm -SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 5:00 pm

Post-Summit Activities--

If you don't have a plane or train or automobile to catch immediately, plan on spending some wind-down time with us on Friday evening at No Studios, filmmaker John Ridley's collaborative work space and social community in downtown Milwaukee that offers an environment for artists and art lovers to come together. Stay posted for details.

Stay in Milwaukee overnight to take part in the "TRUE Skool Experience" on Saturday. Take part in this immersive introduction to the arts learning and leadership development curriculum and practices developed by this award winning youth-serving and centered Milwaukee arts organization. Limited to 25 participants. Please contact Shalina S. Ali at for more details and to reserve a space.

Also, there may be opportunities for one-on-one consultations on Saturday with national arts experts about developing or funding for your program, project or venue. More information forthcoming.


Milwaukee has lots of reasonable options for low cost lodging. One to check out: Saint Kate Arts Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee:


Learn more about The Joyce Foundation at Learn more about True Skool at

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