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The Innovative Cities Lecture Series
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

“Imagining an Arts Driven Milwaukee” presentation by MacArthur Antigua, Senior Director of Collective Impact, ImagineMKE

Lecture Summary

Imagine MKE is a diverse coalition united to advance both a thriving arts culture sector and the sector’s contributions to the cultural, social and economic vitality of Milwaukee. Bringing together our city’s leaders in the arts, business, and civic communities, Imagine MKE is guided by a shared agenda that is rooted in the belief that arts and culture have the power to transform Milwaukee. We believe that having our city’s artists and arts organizations at leadership tables and regarded as key partners will create a thriving, inclusive, and vibrant city where our friends and neighbors have a healthy and vibrant place to live, work, and create. Attendees will be invited to consider the following questions: How does arts and culture shape the Milwaukee story? In what ways does our arts and culture foster inclusion and belonging? What could Milwaukee look like if arts and culture drove its’ development?


MacArthur Antigua is the Senior Director of Collective Impact for Imagine MKE. In that role he is charged with overseeing the process that secures the powerful contributions of artists, cultural practitioners, grassroots and grasstops leaders to achieve a four-part agenda for Milwaukee: improving the markets and systems of support for working artists, growing the vibrancy of art in our city’s diverse neighborhoods, advocating for improved public policies for the arts, and increasing public awareness of the excellence across our city’s arts and culture ecosystem to change the narrative of our city. Previously he was the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Cross Sector Partnerships at Public Allies, a national nonprofit committed to building a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. In that role, he sustained and accelerated the leadership practice of 8,000 Public Allies Apprenticeship Alumni, as well as adapted the Public Allies leadership model for clients such as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and America’s Service Commissions. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies from Northwestern University, which ignited his performance arts journey. While on campus, he was a founding member of The Titanic Players longform improvisational comedy ensemble. After graduating, he’d follow his ensemble mates to the Chicago’s iO Theater (then ImprovOlympic) to study under Del Close and perform the Harold, the classic longform improv structure with house teams “Genealogy” and “Space Mountain.” After relocating to Houston, TX, he started Massive Improv, the first longform improv ensemble and training center in that city, and directed ensembles that performed in the Del Close Improv Marathon (NYC), Dallas Comedy Festival, and the Out of Bounds Improv Festival (Austin, TX). MacArthur would later reunite with Titanic as an Alumni Coach, and started college ensembles at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Pizza will be served, but you will need to provide your own beverage.
AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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Please contact Michael Lewis , Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at lewis298@uwm.edu