ZIP MKE Community Fund

$1,635 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 25 months


ZIP MKE is a fiscally sponsored program of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), a 501(c)3.  Donations are tax deductible.

ZIP MKE has been dedicated from the very beginning to engaging the community on multiple levels.  We started with online, crowdsourced galleries, moved to formal exhibitions, pop-up galleries, and neighborhood walks/talks.  And while we'll continue to collect resident submissions and exhibit throughout the city, in  November 2017, we launched a new, more intentional way to connect the city: (Dis)comfort Zones.

As Peter WcWilliams once said, “Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”   To that end, ZIP MKE joined After Gallery to host the first in a free, monthly community engagement series: one part neighborhood mixer, one part engaging activity, one part dialogue, and one part photo op (we're bringing the community to us!).

The idea is to bring strangers together in a fun, safe environment . . . with a slight air of mystery . . .
a new activity each time . . . and a chance for slight discomfort . . . to create opportunities for friendships, surprise, and understanding

In essence, new comfort zones . . . which Milwaukee really needs right now, wouldn't you agree?

Throughout 2018, ZIP MKE's (Dis)comfort Zones will travel to different parts of the city each month, with a new activity each time: perhaps Milwaukee will paint together, watch movies together, drum together . . . who knows!  The important thing is that we'll be doing it . . . together.


We won't always be able to rely on the extreme generosity of individuals and businesses to lend us their spaces, equipment (e.g., tables, chairs), services (e.g., spoken word, music), or even just time.  While the community donated about $1,500 during our fall campaign last fall, since then, almost everything else has been accomplished through either generosity or our own pocketbooks.

Your donation, in whatever amount, will help offset the costs of:

* printing/matting of photographs
* maintenance of displays
* advertising/promotion (e.g., printing, mailings)
* space rental
* food/beverages
* honorariums for guest speakers/artists
* miscellaneous materials for (Dis)comfort Zones 
* and more!

If requested, donations can be tax-deductible.


ZIP MKE is a grassroots community engagement project created in October 2016 that uses photography to

* create neighborhood pride,
* foster community connections,
* expand social perspectives by diminishing preconceived assumptions, and
* reimagine/portray the narrative of Milwaukee that says we are only “segregated” and “disunited” into one that is “united” and “collaborative.”  

Thank you in advance!
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Thank you to all of you who have donated to our grassroots, volunteer efforts. You have helped to promote the intersection of art and social justice.
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Dear ZIP MKE Supporters:

It was recently brought to our attention that "zip" has multiple meanings:

* to bring together (as in unite)
* to open (as in the opening of minds, borders, and hearts)
* to add zest, interest, or life (as in enjoying the community in which we live)

Thank you for your dedication to all three. Last night, along with a friendly check in the mail, our campaign exceeded the halfway mark.

We are getting closer to being able to create an incredible kick-off exhibition on January 21 at the Central Public Library--so that you, your friends, and families can see each other--and your neighborhoods--on display AND face to face.


Dominic Inouye
Austin Anderson
Tera Greenland
Malik Henderson
Bryan Kubel
Tracey Thomas

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$1,635 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 25 months
Created November 9, 2016
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Janeen M Kagel
12 months ago

Keep the Momentum Going! Thank You!

23 months ago
Ana Moreno
23 months ago

Absolutely love everything you're doing!

23 months ago
Judy Walczak
23 months ago

Can't wait to attend the exhibit!

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