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How can we diversify the art world? Iconic art activists visit MIAD

Art and awareness collided this past week at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design after a whirlwind two-day visit by iconic art activists, The Guerrilla Girls.

Classic piece from the Guerrilla Girls addresses female prevalence in the art world.Guerilla Girls

Classic piece from the Guerrilla Girls addresses female prevalence in the art world.

Formed in New York City in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls are a group of female artists dedicated to bringing to light racial and gender inequalities in the art world. And after more than 30 years, these gorilla-masked ladies are still spreading their message today through artwork, public exhibits and, like we saw last week, public speaking.

The Guerrilla Girls speak at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design this past Wednesday as a part of MIAD's Creativity Series.Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

The Guerrilla Girls speak at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design this past Wednesday as a part of MIAD’s Creativity Series.

As a part of MIAD’s Creativity Series and generously sponsored by Katie Heil, Madeline Lubar and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, the two-day visit included a public presentation, hands-on classes with MIAD students and a Q&A on inclusion and diversity in the art world.

But after spending two days with these iconic women, what did these attendees learn? How can future artists and community members work towards making the art world more inclusive?

After a hands-on class with the Guerrilla Girls, MIAD students smile next to their gorilla-masked instructors for the day. Makenzie Boettcher | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

After a hands-on class with the Guerrilla Girls, MIAD students smile next to their gorilla-masked instructors for the day.

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For more on Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and MIAD’s Creativity Series, you can visit them online at www.MIAD.edu