Milwaukee’s vast and growing cultural scene has not only immeasurably enhanced the region’s quality of life but also created a new economy that’s helped to mitigate the erosion of its manufacturing base. While other once-great cities in the region have become emblems of the Rust Belt, Milwaukee is evolving into a new life through the arts. The creative industries in Milwaukee have grown to the point that they now have the same economic impact as the construction industry, according to commissioned reports.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee was named one of America’s top 12 “ArtPlaces” today by ArtPlace, a public-private coalition of major foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Much of the credit for Milwaukee’s transition to a cultural center belongs to the generous contributions of arts patrons, as well as visionary civic and government leadership. But the cornerstone of the region’s cultural development is the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.
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