‘Creational Trails is a network of improv(is)ed spaces that are activating linear pathways in Milwaukee as a means of encouraging acceptance and growth of cultural diversity.

We believe in art, culture and creativity that when expressed powerfully through place, can create vibrant communities that increase the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place.

We are contributing to a creative infrastructure of placemakers in Milwaukee as a model for a mid-size American city’s relationship to public space, economic development and cultural integrity.


    Creational Trails is creating a network of improvised spaces to activate places as a means of encouraging acceptance and growth of the cultural diversity in Milwaukee. Specifically, Creational Trails is taking a unique approach to developing interactive art projects in targeted neighborhoods with the aim of raising visibility of those areas and activity within, such as increased foot and bike traffic.


    The two locations include the artery, a two-thirds of a mile former rail corridor connecting the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods, and a 10-block stretch on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. Both locations will host several public events, public calls and commissioned placemaking activities with a focus on arts and culture throughout 2014.


    Creational Trails is led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) Initiative with management teams from NEWaukee and beintween.


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    Core aspects of Creative Placemaking include

    • artists and the arts pivotal in the process

    • public-private relationship building

    • investment in a broad city geography

    • community engagement and development


    Our definition of “artist” includes:






    In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking accentuates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.



    Tuesdays Starting 8/19: beonstage + film screening

    Tuesdays 9/9, 9/16 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Center Stage on the artery at the Beerline Trail

    Beonstage is a community gathering space to bridge cultures in the spirit of “all pulling together” by sharing stories, music, laughs, poetry, sport, and love for our neighborhoods. The aim of this program is to promote cultural exchange by offering a forum for expression to residents of all ages in Harambee, Riverwest, and Greater Milwaukee with all the necessary sound equipment and stage crew ready to go. This open stage night is a chance for residents of all ages to show off their talents, practice their passion, and express their vision. On August 19, the featured film will be by a local Milwaukee filmmaker (TBD).


    All visitors may enter the trail from 4 locations: on N. Richards just north of Keefe Ave., at either end of the footbridge above Capitol Dr. near N. 3rd St., or where E. Abert Pl. meets the trail, just west of the intersection with N. 1st St.


    The Avenue's Night Market

    Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue 5-10pm

    NEWaukee’s night market is 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 will support 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 you are part of the solution to a revitalization of West Wisconsin Ave.


    Satiredays + Open Lab + Volunteer Work Day

     9/13, 9/20 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

     ICAN 2 LABS on the artery at the Beerline Trail

    Housed within an insulated shipping container built from salvaged materials, Open Lab is an extension of ICAN 2 LABS, a pilot program to promote racial equity by offering state ­of ­the ­art technologies and learning opportunities to underserved youth of Harambee and Riverwest in a digital lab offering free wireless internet access and tablet computers. Open Lab is a time for kids and adults to broaden their creative horizons. Volunteers may report to ICAN 2 LABS in comfortable shoes and be prepared to get dirty.


    Make Your Place: Makerspace Symposium

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 PM - 11PM

    Join Julia Taylor of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Darryl Johnson of Riverworks for an evening of networking and discussion on the Riverworks neighborhood as a creative district. After the discussion, enjoy live performances from local artists on Center Stage. Hosted by Riverworks, Newaukee, and beintween. (Full schedule available at www.riverworksmke.org/week)


    Summer's Last BBQ

    Friday, September 19, 2014 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    the artery: Keefe at Richards

    Experience Milwaukee’s first Creational Trail, and find out what’s next for Riverworks’ signature landmark. The final summer celebration on the artery at the Beerline Trail will feature live musical performances, interactive art projects, and a pig roast + barbecue. Hosted by Riverworks, Newaukee, and beintween.
    (Full schedule available at



    All visitors may enter the trail from 4 locations: on N. Richards just north of Keefe Ave., at either end of the footbridge above Capitol Dr. near N. 3rd St., or where E. Abert Pl. meets the trail, just west of the intersection with N. 1st St.




    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Making Milwaukee a better, safer community — one step at a time. On Saturday afternoon, August 30th, dozens walked along a path connecting two neighborhoods…through art!


    “We live in art to express the truth in life.  The beautiful and gritty.  We live in art to grow in the sunlight and dance to the rhythm of the raindrops,” Tiffany Miller said.


    Miller and her son, Kweli joined others on Saturday morning — walking “The ARTery” — a former railroad track between Keefe Avenue and Richards, that leads up to Capitol Drive in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.


    The ARTery is a social initiative, founded by “beintween” to reclaim the former industrial rail corridor as a exhibition space for community-based art.


    The goal of The ARTery is to create a physical connection between neighborhoods, to beautify a forlorn industrial corridor, and to engage the Milwaukee community.


    Miller and her son have created artwork on the path.


    “It’s a creative outlet to express how we feel,” Tiffany Miller said.


    Years in the making, the road-to-trail project utilizes leftover materials to create makeshift classrooms and performance space. It connects Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood with Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.


    “Really as a way to bring people together to express themselves and leave a little piece of themselves here.  It`s creating a sense of ownership for an area that used to be a no-man`s land,” The ARTery spokeswoman Erika Wolf said.


    The ARTery is an effort to make Milwaukee more beautiful, to connect neighborhoods — and it has also become a part of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” initiative — an effort to encourage families to lead more active lifestyles.


    Young people who participate in The ARTery project consider it an effort at making Milwaukee a more peaceful place to live, work and play.


    “It just makes me mad whenever I hear someone just got shot and killed.  It`s just really frustrating,” Kweli Miller said.


    “Right now, there aren`t a whole lot of safe places to play,” The ARTery project coordinator Keith Hayes said.


    There’s hope that art may a big step toward a positive solution for our city.


    Currently, The ARTery is privately-owned — but the city of Milwaukee is in the process of acquiring the property. Eventually, the trail could stretch all the way to Grafton!


    • matireal is a geo-textile transforming an environmental nightmare into an ecological dream that inspired a new park called the artery.


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