In 2016, we launched the Cultural Commons 2.0 initiative to support the development of a more diverse and culturally inclusive Milwaukee.
Cultural Commons hosts a series of events throughout the year — all designed to develop cross-cultural relationships and partnerships, facilitate dialogue across diverse perspectives and create bridges across race, age, gender, culture, abilities and sexual orientation. The goal is to provide the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and culturally diverse Milwaukee.
The initiative is supported by the Cultural Commons Steering Committee — a diverse group of Milwaukee leaders committed to deepening relationships and strengthening their commitment to the goals of the Cultural Commons. The Steering Committee works collaboratively to design events and activities that translate insights gained to a larger audience.
P3 Development Group, a local consulting firm specializing in equity and inclusion, is chairing and facilitating Cultural Commons 2.0. P3 is responsible for the management and evaluation of the initiative.
As our mission statement says, “88Nine Radio Milwaukee serves a catalyst for creating a better, more inclusive and engaged city through music, stories and events created for a culturally open-minded community.”
Cultural Commons is a key to making this a reality.
— Glenn Kleiman
Executive Director, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Current Steering Committee Members
- Ashley Hines, Medical College of Wisconsin
- Camille Davis, Zilber Family Foundation
- Danae Davis, Milwaukee Succeeds
- Dominique Samari, P3 Development Group
- Ericka Kelly, P3 Development Group
- Francesca Kempfer, Radio Milwaukee
- Genyne Edwards, P3 Development Group
- Glenn Kleiman, Radio Milwaukee
- Griselda Aldrete, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
- Jason Rae, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
- Joaquin Altoro, Town Bank
- Jordan Lee, Radio Milwaukee
- Katie Heil, Greater Together & Heil Family Foundation
- Mary Henschel, Creative Employment Opportunities
- May yer Thao, Hmong Chamber of Commerce
- Megan McGee, Ex Fabula
- Michael Hostad, MiKE Innovation in Milwaukee & Greater Milwaukee Committee
- Nate Imig, Radio Milwaukee
- Sonia Summers, Social X & Rockwell Automation
- Tina Balistreri, Social X & Hartley & Percora LLC
Steering Committee Engagement Meetings
The Cultural Commons Steering Committee meets quarterly to strengthen relationships, through meaningful discussions centered on diversity and inclusion and design and plan the Insight Events that are at the core of Cultural Commons 2.0 engagement strategy. The meeting includes relationship-building activities that form trust and understanding between steering committee members, and encourages the recognition of each member’s strengths and perspectives.
The Cultural Commons Insight Events are intentionally curated to create discussion platforms for diverse groups from all backgrounds to engage in conversations that reveals the challenges and opportunities for building a culturally diverse and inclusive Milwaukee.
This year’s Insight Events include, Party with a Purpose, a one-of-a-kind event on Radio Milwaukee’s rooftop that will allow people to engage and participate in Cultural Commons 2.0 work and many efforts to embrace Milwaukee as as an economically and culturally significant city.
2016 Recent Events
- Fostering Neighborhood Collaboration by Makenzie Boettcher
- Cultural Commons: stories of inclusion by Emily Talapa
- How an old letter changed thoughts of race in Milwaukee by Makenzie Boettcher
- Band Together, Wednesday, October 5 by Nate Imig
Project Manager: P3 Development Group
Cultural Commons Funders