MKE<->LAX Open House 
This Saturday, August 1, 1pm… CST on Zoom!

1-2pm: Conversation around creative work opportunities with Morgan Phelps of Colorful Connections in Milwaukee
2pm…: Free Form Time with MKE<->LAX Director Sara Daleiden! What’s on your heart and mind with your creative practice? What would you like to know about MKE<->LAX initiatives this year (see below)?
Contact us at for Zoom details.

We met Morgan through the Designing Equity initiative that MKE<->LAX collaboratively developed with FreewavesZeidler Group, Greater Together and Milwaukee creative talent to address racial inequities in the creative industries. Colorful Connections is a Milwaukee-based social enterprise that helps underrepresented creative professionals secure promising careers, doing what they love with organizations that are committed to diversity and inclusion. So whether you are seeking work as or have work to offer creative talent, we encourage connecting with Morgan and her team. Morgan would appreciate having you fill out the Job Search and Career Development Survey now, whether you are creative talent based in Milwaukee or Wisconsin, or elsewhere in the U.S, as remote work is possible. Please also consider joining the Colorful Connections mailing list or connecting with them on social media.

2020 MKE<->LAX Initiatives
Designing Equity with Racial Radical
HomeWorks: Bronzeville
Rural Urban Flow
Arts Wisconsin
Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project  
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

HomeWorks: Bronzeville has been a long walk for collaborating artists Vedale Hill of Jazale’s Art Studio, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt of I Am Milwaukee and Sara Daleiden of MKE<->LAX, along with other creatives on their team. They are thrilled to invite you to the free opening of our first artist owned live-work space for Vedale and family:

Saturday, August 10, 2019
2408 N Vel R Phillips Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

This open house is part of the Bronzeville Art Walk within the City of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Week. The HomeWorks: Bronzeville team were able to rehabilitate this formerly foreclosed City property in connection with the City’s Art and Resource Community Hub (ARCH) Program and the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District redevelopment initiative. 

They are grateful to the many partners and supporters who have made this transformation possible. 

More information about the collaboration including who the leaders are and their charter:

Please join Los Angeles-based artist Maceo Paisley for a performance and post-dialogue with Milwaukee-based Monica Miller at her art space Facilitating Situations this Saturday night. Sara Daleiden encouraged these two to have an MKE<->LAX exchange and she imagines they will have a rich dialogue!

Dynamite: Movement & Language by Maceo Paisley 
This Saturday, May 25, 7-9pm
Facilitating Situations in Walker’s Point
706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Maceo is traveling throughout the US touring his new book, Tao of Maceo. He is also investing time in cities throughout the country, looking to learn about local art scenes and artist-run spaces in particular. Monica will facilitate a discussion with him about his findings, what makes Milwaukee unique in this way, and how he defines “artreprenuership.” 

RSVP as well as see Maceo’s bio and tour description on the Facebook event link.

Light refreshments will be provided
Street parking available after 6pm
$5 suggested donation, all proceeds go back to the artist in support of his travels

Dynamite: Movement & Language by Maceo Paisley is supported in collaboration with MKE<->LAX.

Sara Daleiden has rejoined the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) board, following her last cycle from 2012-2014. She is excited to collaborate with board president Mal Montoya and the current board.

Sara has a deep attachment to MARN since being an emerging artist in Milwaukee in the early 2000s when several of her collaborators at the time formed the non-profit. She has benefited from MARN as a network since then and has partnered with MARN on a number of MKE<->LAX initiatives over the ten years since she founded and has been directing the agency. 

Her intention is to collaborate on growing MARN as a network, focused on artists in Milwaukee while also growing an arts market in the region. Sara will focus on strategic partnerships, fundraising, consulting and advocacy with statewide and regional partners. This includes partners such as Milwaukee Arts Board, Wisconsin Arts Board, Arts Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Committee, WWBIC, Greater Together, Chicago Artist Coalition, and Imagine MKE, as well as an ever-expanding list of artists and other cultural leaders she values within the region. Sara will seek alignment with MARN and current MKE<->LAX collaborative initiatives like HomeWorks: BronzevilleDesigning Equity and Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project.

Sara invites you to join her in celebrating at the upcoming MARN fundraiser. She will be renewing my membership at this event and welcomes having you support MARN along with her in whichever way is comfortable for you!

MARN Community Art Event Invitation
Celebrate Milwaukee artists!

Join us at Lakefront Brewery on Thursday Feb 21 from 5-8 pm
1872 North Commerce Street in the Beerline B neighborhood of Milwaukee, 53212

A mix & mingle fundraiser to benefit MARN programs. Festivities include creation of a public art piece to be donated to local charities. Raffle plus prizes and more. Admission includes refreshments & silent disco.

To purchase tickets:

Artist Alan Nakagawa interviews Sara Daleiden in his Los Angeles living room about her MKE<->LAX practice with civic art, facilitation, public space and other forms of land use engagement for his VISITINGS radio show which airs on dublab.

Milwaukee-based Shepherd Express article called The Economic Case for Public Art released today. Business Improvement Districts are investing in art, but what’s the return? 

Sara Daleiden is quoted around committing to evaluation of public art from her work with business improvement districts, community development corporations (CDCs), government bodies and other arts partners in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

TWO artist opportunities in Milwaukee with projects and cultural leaders that Sara Daleiden is involved with:

1) 2019 Artist-in-Residence for Gathering Art, Stories and Place at Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch: RFQ due October 21 through AWE. Please contact Katie Loughmiller at KMLough…at… or John Kowalczyk at john…at… with any questions.

Artists Working in Education, Inc. in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch as a part of the Gathering Art, Stories and Place NEA Our Town grant, is seeking an artist-in-residence to work collaboratively with teens, community members, and neighborhood experts to create two temporary public art installations and one permanent public art installation throughout 2019 that directly engages and benefits the Historic Mitchell Street Neighborhood.

2) MARNsalon with Nate Pyper: I believe the application is still open today and if you can’t make that deadline, please feel free to reach out to program coordinator Monica Miller directly as she may still be willing to consider your practice for critique or a roundtable next week. Monica’s email is monicajoymiller…at…
Nate Pyper is an alphabet artist working in publishing, performance, and video. He maintains an ongoing research practice on queer anarcho-punk zines of the late 80s and early 90s. He is a 2018 graduate of the Yale School of Art.
Nate’s purview statement as visiting critic is engaging with literacy as a tool for collective liberation and individual autonomy. He references a critical pedagogy theorist who has been a major influence on Sara: Paolo Freire.
Below please find information below about an RFQ for mural artwork (also called environmental graphics) in the Jefferson Street Tunnel in Downtown Milwaukee. The budget is $25,000 for this 2018 project and the submission deadline is this Friday, June 15.
Sara Daleiden is a member of the Milwaukee Downtown BID’s Placemaking Taskforce that helped form this opportunity and will be involved with the artist selection process. We are excited about the leadership the BID is taking with public art, creative placemaking, creative entrepreneurship and other related efforts to affect the city experience on and off Wisconsin Avenue.
Please contact Gabriel Yeager with any questions. If the deadline is challenging for you and you are interested, please reach out to him to explore alternative arrangements for submission.
MKE<->LAX collaboration in terms of residency is possible for this opportunity if you are coming from outside Milwaukee, and Sara Daleiden will be available for advising during the project.
On Behalf of the Milwaukee Downtown Placemaking Task Force:
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM (CST), Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 released a public Request for Qualifications for a new public art project located in the Jefferson Street Tunnel underneath the I-794 overpass. The project will enliven a key pedestrian connection between the Central Business District and Historic Third Ward. To view the full RFQ, please click here.
The deadline for submissions to this Request for Qualifications is Friday, June 15, 2018 and must be emailed to Gabriel Yeager at by 5:00 PM (CST).
All questions related to this RFQ must be directed to Gabriel Yeager at and submitted by Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST.
Thank you for your interest in Milwaukee’s growing street art scene! We are excited to review your submission to this RFQ
Gabriel Yeager

Downtown Environment Specialist 
600 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
p: 414.220.4700 | f: 414.220.4710

Sara Daleiden of MKE<->LAX shared about the Beerline Trail Project in Milwaukee as part of this ASLA-MN session:

Session Spotlight: Practicing Your Beliefs: Engagement as a Core Value
Moderated by Regina M Flanagan with Sara Daleiden, Seitu Jones, and Stephanie Glaros

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-MN)
2018 Education Conference
Engaged Communities, Engaged Design
Friday, April 20, 2018
Aria Hotel
105 N 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

ASLA-MN 2018 Conference Practicing Your Beliefs Session Description