It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
John Ridley, the founder of Nō Studios, recently announced the creation of the Artist Grant Program. The program aims to give $100,000 annually to Wisconsin-based artists, especially those in underserved communities. Creatives involved in all disciplines, including photography, music, dance and poetry, are encouraged to apply. Click here for additional information, and here are the application requirements.
2. Spring registration for Milwaukee Recreation: Monday, March 1
Milwaukee Recreation’s spring registration for Milwaukee residents begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 1. Non-residents are allowed to register on Monday, March 8. In-person registration is not available. Forms can be faxed to the MPS Recreation Department at 414-475-8183, mailed to Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department, P.O. Box 461, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0461 or submitted by calling 414-475-8811. Click here for the spring 2021 recreation guide.
3. Milwaukee museums reopening to the public: Thursday, March 4, Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 27
The Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Discovery World are planning to reopen to the public. The Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., is opening Thursday, March 4; the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, and Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., are opening Friday, March 5; and Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, is opening Saturday, March 27. Museum hours vary per place, click the affiliated links for additional information.
4. The Milwaukee Police Department Citizen Academy: Thursday, March 4
The Milwaukee Police Department is inviting people to join the Citizen Academy. Participants will get an in-depth look at the department and its training methods. The seven-week program is open to Milwaukee residents who are 21 and over, have no felony convictions within the last 15 years and no current criminal charges pending. The class is taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.
5. Opening reception: “Hyphenated Americans” exhibit: Friday, March 5
Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St., is opening a new exhibit called “Hyphenated Americans.” The exhibit was curated by LUNA co-founder Katie Avila Loughmiller and features the work of LUNA, Latinas Unidas en las Artes, artists and friends. The opening reception is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Capacity is limited. To register, click here.
Bonus: National Day of Mourning for COVID-19: Floral Heart Project: Monday, March 1
In honor of National Day of Mourning for COVID-19, the Floral Heart Project has installed a flower wreath at Museum Center Park, 910 E. Michigan St. The wreath will be installed starting at 8 a.m. and be completed and ready for viewing at noon Monday, March 1. It is one of 85 installations being displayed across the country.
Bonus: Virtual meeting on MCTS bus route changes: Thursday, March 4: The Milwaukee County Transit System will host a virtual meeting at noon Thursday, March 4 to discuss phase one of MCTS NEXT, a new effort by the transit system that will increase the frequency of buses by removing low-traffic stops from routes. Some routes are also being extended to increase access to grocery stores, medical offices and job centers. Ten routes will be affected by the first phase of changes, which begins Sunday, March 7. READ: Bus routes throughout Milwaukee County will change beginning March 7. Here’s what you need to know.