The free digital event, part of Doors Open 2021, will feature five-minute “lightning round” presentations from seven community projects, using multimedia and storytelling to share their backstory.
In the lead up, we’re publishing mini-features on the projects, including Maranta Plant Shop, CirculateMKE and Proyecto Conbíf.
Maranta Plant Shop
Maranta (1739 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) is a new Black- and brown-owned plant shop and community space. Co-owners Mag Rodriguez and Michelle Alfaro curate plants from around the country and were intentional about contributing to the legacy of the Bronzeville neighborhood. Maranta also recently opened Tostada by Maranta, a food stand operated by chef Dominique Alvarado.
This presentation will be given by Rodriguez.
Since 2015, CirculateMKE has created opportunities for shoppers and entrepreneurs to experience the diverse cultures of Milwaukee, putting on pop-up markets in community hubs throughout the city. A typical market features everything from food to home goods to fashion to art to body products, all created by local makers. CirculateMKE has become a home to over 120 local entrepreneurs, who they continued to showcase through digital storytelling events during the pandemic.
This presentation will be given by CirculateMKE organizers Shalina Ali and Fidel Verdin, who also run hip-hop education nonprofit TRUE Skool.
Artist Ck Ledesma’s Proyecto Conbíf links their two homes in Milwaukee and Puerto Rico with a flavorful dialogue about colonization. With the project, Ledesma snail-mails ingredients and instructions to cook their favorite childhood corned beef dish to participants in Milwaukee and beyond. Participants then create a meal that both reminds Ledesma of their grandmother and has ties to the transatlantic slave trade. Ledesma has also created murals and art installations throughout Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.
This presentation will be given by Ledesma.