NEWaukee Signature Experiences
Detour by Carr: an in-depth bus tour and exploration of culture, history, and texture in Milwaukee neighborhoods.
Empty Storefronts Conference: A day-long conference that focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices, and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts. The Empty Storefronts Conference features national and local speakers that have implemented practices and tactics in their own communities and across the country to address vacant storefronts. The inaugural Empty Storefronts Conference is hosted in storefronts and neighborhoods across Milwaukee.
Spotlight Speaker Series: candid conversation with leaders from all sectors and industries. The program is hosted in a lounge setting allowing the curated audience an opportunity to network with one another as well as have maximum access to the speaker. The format of the conversation is easy, informal and evocative.
Speaker Crawl: an interactive professional development program that simultaneously features numerous speakers and a cultural institution to a young professional audience. The participants never sit during the presentations as they traverse the program exhibitions to hear from the diverse lineup of speakers. The Speaker Crawl is social in nature while it also imparts a wide array of information about the important issues facing our city as well as tips for personal and professional growth.
The Launch: a curated networking program aimed at new recruits on a boat. Applicants need to apply to participate in the program and are pre-screened prior to participating. The boat trip includes an exhibition of the hiring companies.
YPWeek: a week-long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to a YP, while educating employers on the role these functions play in retaining YPs as their workforce.
Lunar Music Series: a weekly summer music program hosted at the Milwaukee Athletic Club that features live local musical talent. Each event has a relaxing atmosphere perfect for employees to network with one another or with other community members.
Urban Island Beach Party: a unique island-themed fundraiser for the Friends of Lakeshore State Park that features family activities, live art, live music, pig roasts and food trucks, outdoor activities, a local marketplace and educational learning booths around the outdoor lifestyle.
Night Market: a collision of all Milwaukee has to offer. The Night Market is a free open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages. The Night Market features a mash up of art and craft vendors, technology installations, food trucks/carts, live art creation, performances, local music and a beer garden that supports local art organizations. The goal is to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee for people to experience culture at night. By visiting the night market you not only contribute to the local economy, but also you are part of the solution to a revitalization of West Wisconsin Ave.
Art Bus: Every gallery night NEWaukee takes you on a tour of multiple galleries and locations. The galleries are only part of the journey. On the Art Bus you will find a live local singer songwriter, complimentary wine and beer, and a great way to meet new people.
Eastside Music Tour: The Eastside Music Tour highlights local, regional and national musicians. Attendees had the opportunity to see over 70 performances in over 30 locations – including bars, restaurants and boutiques – on Brady Street. In conjunction with the Brady Street Business Improvement District, NEWaukee hosted the tour for two years.
New Years Eve: The most exclusive New Year’s Eve event in the midwest held in the world’s sexiest buildings! With fire dancing, ice sculpting, live music and art and a 20-foot Hop Drop, thousands of people gathered together year after year to bring in the new year in the most amazing way possible.
Naked Ballet: An in-your-face showcase of dance stripped down to its very essence! The Naked Ballet allows you to experience the power and athleticism of the Milwaukee Ballet II dancers up close as they perform during a live set from a local musician. Hosted at The Grain Exchange, one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful venues, the Naked Ballet is a YPWeek highlight.
Art Jamboree: The Art Jamboree is an awe-inspiring combination of over 12 different mediums of art in obscure and curious locations. The Art Jamboree is loud, interactive and makes art fun, social and approachable.
Wedding: The Wedding marries two local artists on one canvas. We partner with vendors from the Milwaukee wedding community, featuring a live boudoir photo shoot including hair and makeup, wedding cake tasting, live music and entertainment from a Milwaukee production company, and a fashion show featuring work from local designers.
InterACT: InterACT is a unique, one-night event utilizing professional and independent theatre companies alike. InterACT invites 7 theater companies into 7 unique spaces performing 6 one acts and 1 musical in 1 night. Audiences are invited to see, interact and immerse themselves with each theatre company as they perform a different one-act play from David Ives. Each one-act will be performed independently in different rooms, giving audiences the ability to see the short plays in any order they choose during the evening’s activities.
Wisconsin Avenue Bridge Party: To celebrate the reopening of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, the party’s festivities include a flotilla of decorated boats on the Milwaukee River, a group yoga lesson on the bridge, tug of war commemorating the city’s “bridge war” of 1845 in which two bridges were destroyed, and local bands as well as other entertainment on two stages. The party also featured a RiverWalk art walk, with more than 50 artists.