Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
Start your tour at the corner of 6th and Washington Street in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, and explore Latin America from beneath the I-94 underpass. This unique collection of murals depicts 34 scenes from the Latinx world, painted onto support beams and pillars. Images include the underwater colony of Baja California, the jungles of Venezuela, and various animals and plants from those ecosystems.
This project was a collaboration between Venezualan Raoul Deal from the UW Milwaukee School of Art, Mexican Robert Cisneros, Juan Flores, Jose Augusto Paradisi, and local youth from the community. It was painted in 2002, and won is the winner of the Mayor’s Design Award.
The United Community Center, or Centro de la Comunidad Unida, is three blocks directly west and is worth a visit to learn more about the neighborhood’s history of supporting Latin American artists and grassroots community initiatives. Its lively events calendar features performances, gallery exhibits, and group tours.
After visiting the United Community Center, stop into Cafe el Sol to sample Mexican and Puerto Rican specialties. If it’s Friday, you might also hear the live sounds of La Pena, the band named after the Spanish traveler tradition of camping around bonfires in caves among large rocks, or “Penas” and sharing stories of their journeys. If you are of legal drinking age, which is 21 or older in the United States, be sure to stop at the nearby Urban Harvest Brewing Company, located en route to the next mural. The Urban Harvest features 10 year-round craft brews, and 17 limited release and seasonal options. The taproom is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoon into early evening, and Sunday afternoon.
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