August 28th, 2014
Crafting Commerce: Milwaukee joins national American Craft Week – a celebration of creativity, community and commerce
Seven of Milwaukee’s west side art studios, galleries and shops will join hundreds of galleries, studios, craft guilds and museums across the country in celebration of the 5th annual American Craft Week. The rapidly growing west side arts community will host Wisconsin’s largest American Craft Week celebration October 3 and 4 with free public events such as:
• Open art studios – watch artists at work and participate in art-making activities
• Community canvas – pick up a brush and add your own strokes of creativity to a collaborative masterpiece
• Pop-up art market – featuring pottery throwing, stained glass making, sculpture welding, and fashion designing
• Outdoor movie – exclusive screening of Craft in America: Service the first episode in the new season of the Craft in America series which premieres November 2nd on PBS.
American Craft Week is dedicated to increasing awareness of the integral role craft artists play in creating vibrant, thriving, and sustainable communities and economies. “We’re crafting commerce,” said event organizer and owner of Salvaged Studio Rachael Winkley “We are using our artistic skills to build businesses and help other artists build theirs as well. We’re seeing a multiplier effect that is revitalizing the business corridors on Milwaukee’s west side.”
“By taking part in the celebration, people are joining in on the trend of buying American-made products and shopping locally,” said American Craft Week founder and co-chair Diane Sulg. “In a culture of mass production, we’re seeing a reverse trend in which people are seeking out handcrafted work that tells a story and opportunities to connect with the craft artists who make it.”
More participants are expected to join the Milwaukee celebration and events may be added to the schedule. Visit www.salvagedstudio.com/americancraftweek fo
August 26th, 2014
HANmade Milwaukee introduces its new 500 piece JIGSAW PUZZLE, featuring our signature lakefront artwork by Hannah Jablonski. We're proud to say they are manufactured right in neighboring New Berlin! There's nothing else like it, making it the perfect gift or add on to your list of things to do with people you love to hang out with.
August 11th, 2014
In the spring of 2014, college admissions expert Christina Craig decided to use her wealth of knowledge to help Milwaukee’s high school students make sense of the college search and application process--she opened Christina Craig College Counseling, a college counseling business with services tailored to fit each individual student. Christina helps Milwaukee’s high school students become savvy college shoppers, empowering them to take control of their own application process. Christina takes pride in making the college application process stress-free and even a little bit fun for each student. “There are over 4000 colleges and universities in the United States and there’s a great fit out there for every student,” says Craig. “Many families are daunted by the college application process; they aren’t sure where to begin and it becomes overwhelming. I’m here to alleviate the stress surrounding this process and to even make it enjoyable.” Craig has nearly 10 years of experience in the college admissions industry. After graduating from college in 2003, she worked as an admissions counselor at the State University of NY and, from 2005 to 2007, she worked as an independent college counselor at a national college counseling firm helping over 200 high school students with the college application and essay writing process. In 2007, she moved to the other side of the desk to work as an admissions counselor at Marquette University. Most recently, she has served on the Due West Education Council helping Chinese high school students with their college essays as an editor. Craig graduated from Columbia University where she was a captain of the women’s varsity swim team as well as a student worker in the admissions office. She holds two graduate degrees from Marquette University, an MA in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Storytelling. You can contact Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-539-3555 to set up a free 30 minute consultation.
August 7th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MKE Coffee Guild Host the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Coffee Festival at Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - September 20, 2014
The Milwaukee Coffee Festival is the brainchild of TJ Sizemore, founder of the MKE Coffee Guild. According to TJ, the festival grew out of the tastings he hosts. “The idea came from our monthly coffee tastings where people would ask me about all the roasters we were tasting. A festival seemed like a great way to give the roasters their own stage to connect with the locals.”
Feature coffee roasters are Stone Creek Coffee, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. and Fiddlehead Coffee Roaster and Artisan Bakery. Water will be provided by Nicolet Artisan Water. The festival will also offer classes on the sustainability of coffee presented by Steve Hawthorne, owner of Hawthorne Coffee, the science of coffee presented by Christian Ott, Director of Coffee for Stone Creek Coffee Co., and a home roasting demo lead by John Burman, owner of Burman Coffee Traders.
The event’s focus is education, but it’s also a place where coffee lovers can meet and connect through coffee. “This festival has to be a place where anyone can come to learn about coffee,” says Sizemore. “Attendees can expect to connect with local roasters and with other coffee drinkers. We will have classes they can take, coffee they can drink, food they can taste. They can expect a celebration of milwaukee's other favorite brew.”
The festival is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th at Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park, 1500 E Park PL on Milwaukee’s Eastside. For more information visit mkecoffeefestival.com. Join our Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coffeeguild/milwaukee-coffee-festival?ref=email. Also check out mkecoffeeguild.com for more information on upcoming tastings and other events.
July 28th, 2014
Show your support of Local First and your commitment to shifting at least 10% of your annual spending to local businesses by sporting a "Shift Happens" baseball tee! Proceeds from the sales of these items support Local First's public education initiatives.