The Disclaimer: NEWaukee’s Angela Damiani explains the whole ’Creational Trails, urban camping thing
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Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
Last week, The Disclaimer puzzled over a jargon-filled plan to use $50,000 of a $350,000 ArtPlace grant for an urban camping event on W. Wisconsin Ave., as well as an accompanying “placemaking” contest for local artists. This week, NEWaukee executive director Angela Damiani stops by to better explain this plan, and to clarify what it is and isn’t. Is crowdsourcing public art a good idea? Is there a simpler, more powerful idea hiding behind all the talk of “activating space” and “vivacity?” Will urban campers be attacked by vicious packs of raccoons? The answers may surprise you.
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