Join STITCH Milwaukee on Sunday, November 3, from 3:00pm-6pm at Aztec Ink (1230 S. César Chávez Drive) for the unveiling of a community-created mural. Throughout the summer a group of community members gathered to discuss the issues of racism and segregation in Milwaukee. Through their stories a mural was designed and created with the intent of having the mural co-exist in both the North and South sides of the city, half on each side. Before the mural is separated, the STITCH Community invites everyone to be part of the celebration and appreciation ceremony.
STITCH will be honoring and recognizing those that contributed to our successful Indiegogo campaign, as well as Aztec Ink Tattoo Shop for their generosity in providing space and support for the work of the mural to be successfully completed.
This celebration is potluck style & family friendly, all community is welcome. Indoors or outdoors, weather & sunlight permitting.
- 3:00pm-4:00pm: Food & music, please bring a dish to pass!
- 3:45pm: STITCH Mural promotional video for Indiegogo campaign
- 4:00pm: Acknowledgements, performances by local poets
- 4:30pm-5:00pm: Unveiling& conversation with the muralists & participants
- 5:00pm-6:00pm: Photos, food, family!
About STITCH Milwaukee:
The STITCH Summer Open Mic Series was born in the summer of 2009 as a safe space and artist community for young people to come together to share poetry, music, dance, and visual art. Since 2009, we have steadily grown each summer into who we are now, STITCH Milwaukee.
Our mission is to provide safe space for young people and community members to be creative in. We look to break down traditional divisions of race, ethnicity, gender, and artistic mediums in order to STITCH together our Milwaukee community.
What makes STITCH unique is our understanding of the impact of segregation in Milwaukee through lived experience and that we choose to challenge this with creative tools for folks to share their stories. We believe strongly in the power of storytelling and its ability to heal, connect, and empower. We acknowledge that storytelling happens through many artistic forms and we support folks finding the best way to express themselves.
The name STITCH came out of the desire to use two rotating venues each summer. We knew however, that in order to build a movement that would cross the lines our city is divided by, to get folks to interact in creative and healthy ways, we would need something better than a bridge — So we gave people a reason to travel across Milwaukee. We call the movement we make, the “STITCH tradition”.
- STITCH Milwaukee: Community mural unveiling - October 30, 2013
- Grassroots community group to launch STITCH Milwaukee: Community Mural Project - July 2, 2013