PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Community Arts and Culture Engagement Coordinator
Riverworks Development Corporation
526 East Concordia Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
Riverworks Development Corporation will commission the new public art project “Milwaukee Superheroes” by Milwaukee-based artist Jasmine West. “Milwaukee Superhero ” mural consist of 18 dedicated cultural leaders that have contributed to the Milwaukee community to make our city great. Cultural leaders featured on the mural include Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Civil Rights Activist Vel Phillips, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and various community activist such as Andre Ellis, Maria Hamilton, Ajamou Butler, Steve Jerbi, Reuben Harpole, Steve Jerbi, Torre Johnson, Tamara Johnson, Darryl Johnson and more! The (8) 8 ft by 4 ft panels captures these cultural leaders for the superhero they are. Press/media are invited to the unveiling and celebration of artwork on Sunday, November 1st, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the tot lot of Palmer and Keefe Ave
Artist Jasmine West says, “This mural is designed to inspire, influence and teach our neighborhoods and youth the essence of a superhero. We wish to highlight these Milwaukee cultural leaders to expose our children the many shapes, shades and creeds of those who give back to the Black community.” She continues on to say, “They are OUR role model superheroes through their deeds, careers and actions towards humanity”
This project stems from our Keefe Avenue Safety Task Force wanting to activate a park on Palmer and Keefe in the Harambee Neighborhood as a crime prevention method. The CarMax foundation has been investing in this park as well as the city to help continue to program and enhance this space. The initial investment was a Kaboom tot lot build, followed by a superhero themed park enhancement project and now the installation of a superhero mural. Our goal was to feature cultural leaders from the Milwaukee area that have been a great contribution to community in many different ways.
“This art project is a catalyst to our ongoing community development relationship with The CarMax Foundation, working together to make this neighborhood better.” said Darryl Johnson, Executive Director. “It creates social connections, impacts the neighborhood aesthetics and celebrates art and culture in the Harambee community. The project aligns with RDC’s mission to engage stakeholders, businesses and residents in the Harambee community while improving the physical conditions of the neighborhood.”
In celebration of this new art work, the “Milwaukee Superhero” mural unveiling includes an artist talk from Jasmine West, Inspiring words from our superheroes, arts and crafts done by Harambee Resident Tressie Sneed, I Am Milwaukee to do Splash! free food and more!
This project would not be possible without the support of The CarMax Foundation and Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation.
WHAT: Unveiling and Celebration – 117 E Keefe Avenue
WHEN: Sunday, November 1st, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 117 E Keefe Avenue (Palmer and Keefe Ave tot lot)
WHO: Riverworks Development Corp, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Civil Rights Activist Vel Phillips, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and various community activist such as Andre Ellis, Maria Hamilton, Ajamou Butler, Steve Jerbi, Reuben Harpole, Steve Jerbi, Torre Johnson, Tamara Johnson, Thelma Sias, Jay Allen Stokes, Jimmy Banks and Walnut Way