Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
In true collaborative style, the mural located on the west side of the Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company building titled, “The Historic Walker’s Point,” was created through a whole community effort. The non-profit organization TRUE Skool, whose mission is to engage, educate, and empower youth and communities through the creative arts, launched the Adopt a Community Program with support from the Walker’s Point Association. Other key creative stakeholders included the Milwaukee Violence Free Zone, Bradley Tech High School, Hope House, and Urban Underground. It takes a village to raise a child, and also to paint a historical mural.
The design is simple yet engaging. It dates the founding of the Walker’s Point neighborhood at 1835 and describes its ability to connect the past, the present, and the future. Key images in the mural include the Bradley Tech High School and the Harley-Davidson Museum, located across the Menomonee River on 6th Street. One of the buildings depicted in the mural is a window into an empty classroom. A fun detail is scrawled on the blackboard in graffiti, illustrating the date that the mural was painted. It reveals a compelling cultural narrative of hope and youthful aspirations, crystallizing the neighborhood in that particular moment of time.
When you are finished checking out the mural, visit the Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company for a cup of locally owned, small-batch coffee. It is another neighborhood staple, having established itself in 1999. The Walker’s Point location is certified organic, includes a bakery and cafe, and also serves beer and wine. You may hear some live tunes on a Friday or Saturday night.
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