Create Space MKE is an artist collective driven by two questions:
What does Milwaukee look like?
What Could Milwaukee Look Like?
The Create Space symbol features an allusion to latte art. The rosetta represents both a complex structure and an ephemeral feeling. Create Space MKE was born over a series of coffee-fueled conversations in a variety of Milwaukee-based cafes.
Create Space MKE is a long-term, large-scale art project. It's an organization that is porous - creatives may come and go as they please. We aim to stimulate the creative community by mobilizing visual artists through thematic dialogue, exhibition, and educational programming. From there, we are looking to connect with the other members of the Milwaukee creative community to share ideas, experiences, and vision.
Our Initial Question
"What Does Milwaukee Look Like?" is our driving question. Observation is at the forefront of the Create Space MKE process. Currently, the community focus is Milwaukee; however, imagine Create Space CHI, Create Space LON…etc. In the future we hope to take the Create Space concept to other areas of the state, country, and world. The question would change to accommodate the new location.
Focusing Our Initial Question
We use what we call “Community Lenses” to focus our efforts in determining what Milwaukee looks like. Our lenses are Space, Race, Transportation, Work, Gender, Education, Entertainment,and Leadership. The lenses are the strategic focal points that urge us towards the essential people, places, and ideas that are shaping the city in positive and powerful ways.
Photo by Jack Tetting
What We Seek
We seek to stimulate the creative community by mobilizing artists through thematic dialogue, exhibition, and educational programming. From there, we are looking to connect with other members of the Milwaukee community to share ideas and experiences. We seek an ongoing creative vision of what the city of Milwaukee could look like.
We want to hear from you. We want your thoughts on the issues at hand. We want to talk to you about your ideas and visions of the future -these ideas will make their way through our creative filter and into our compositions.