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MKE Food Journeys' & the people that tell their TRUE Stories

A new art exhibition at the Milwaukee Winters Farmers Market looks at the emotional decisions behind food, food access and daily nourishment in our city.

Throughout last summer, fellows at UW-Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies set out to interview 200 Milwaukeeans about their relationship with food and the food system. Their questions focused on food access, how people get their food and how people associate food and trust.

Instead of going the traditional academic route and putting their findings in a research paper, UWM commissioned Milwaukee-based artists to turn their findings into an interactive exhibition, called "Milwaukee Food Journeys," which opened at the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market in November.... ( from UWM Lake Effect Article)

Throughout the summer of 2023 UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies Story Fellows and Story Cart popped up around different farmer’s markets, grocery stores and libraries all to ask people about their food journeys – where do they gather food, do they grow their own food, are there foods they wish they could grow, what food is special to them and do any certain foods elicit trust. Over one hundred stories were collected and LUNA (led by lead artists, Adam White Ossers and Katie Avila Loughmiller) and TRUE Skool (led by lead artists Ernesto Gomez and Mahala Taterczynski) were tasked to listen to these stories to create an artistic interpretation for the public.

Throughout this space you will find quotes, poems, sculptures, videos and interactive spaces that will allow you to step into the stories collected and hopefully, inspire you to reflect on your own food journey as well. YOU GOTTA GO CHECK IT OUT!!

Milwaukee Food Journeys was made possible by the Milwaukee Food Council, LUNA, TRUE Skool, The Table, Alice’s Garden, Fondy Farmer’s Market, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s College of Letters & Sciences and the Center for 21st Century Studies. Milwaukee Food Council is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded in part by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.

Milwaukee Food Journeys was an effort that featured multiple collaborators and food sites, including the Milwaukee Food Council, Fondy Market, the Milwaukee Farmer’s Market Coalition, and the Milwaukee Public Libraries. Through the Milwaukee Food Council’s Food Justice Initiative, the project was funded in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP.

Total list of collaborators: Brown Deer Farmer’s Market, Escuela Verde Newline Community Café, Fondy Farmer’s Market, Frieden’s Food Pantry, Greenfield Farmer’s Market, Jackson Park Farmer’s Market, Kinship Food Center, Milwaukee Food Council, Milwaukee Public Libraries - Mitchell Street Branch, Northwest Side Community Development Cooperation, Outpost Co-Op, Riverwest Co-Op, Sherman Park Grocery Store, Shorewood Farmer’s Market, Southside Organizing Center, Tosa Farmer’s Market, United Methodist Children’s Services, UWM Children’s Learning Center, Victory Garden Initiative.

Featuring artist works by: Katie Avila Loughmiller, Adam White Ossers, Mahala Taterczynski, Nesto Gomez

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