femfest 2016: meet yessica, illustrator

“Art is how we decorate space; music is how we decorate time.” Riverwest FemFest combined both. Atop Company Brewing on Saturday and Sunday of FemFest, 20+ artists and activists came together in a pop-up gallery space to share their heart-fueled and purposeful paintings, drawings, 3D works, video installations, and more. Among them was Yessica Jimenez, […]

femfest 2016: meet melissa, artist and poster creator

Melissa Johnson and I met at 88Nine/Stone Creek Coffee and were able to find a corner tucked away from the 414 Music Live session with Allen Coté. (After the interview, I stayed to hear Jack Garratt’s live recording in the 414 Room; it was incredible!) Today, Melissa had her “last first day” at Milwaukee Institute […]

femfest 2016: meet zed kenzo, hip-hop artist

“FemFest is important to me because women are often undermined, ignored, ridiculed and insulted as both people and artists,” Zed Kenzo told 88Nine, Milwaukee’s local radio station that loves to lift up our homegrown artists. They caught up with 11 Riverwest FemFest performers to share what the Fest means to them—and everyone’s answers made it pretty […]

femfest 2016: meet treccy, singer in mortgage freeman and ruth b8r ginsburg

There are few things more inspiring than a woman who recognizes her own power and individuality and wants to share them with the world. Thank you to Treccy Marquardt-Thomas for being this woman—and the first to be featured in our Riverwest FemFest miniseries this week leading up to the Fest on January 21-24, 2016. I’m […]

meet chauntee and monique: milwaukee’s sistastrings

This Sunday at church, our priest spoke about being vigilant. Not for crime, or bad news, or others’ behavior—but for goodness. Linking together the messages throughout the service, Father Bob did an artful job of highlighting the urgent need for all of us to be awake. Be awake to the good things going on around […]

meet ruth b8r ginsburg: milwaukee musical activists

“I feel like I dropped into the middle of this blossoming place, and it’s been amazing.” “This is sort of therapeutic for me, a safe haven.” “I feel like this is also a vehicle for messages. We can help!” These uplifting thoughts bring to mind some of my favorite parts of life—activities that work toward […]