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Free Day + Celebration Commemorates Hometown Hero Vel Phillips

February 18 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm

Milwaukee-born Velvalea “Vel” Phillips (1924–2018) was an advocate and community organizer for civil rights, and her legacy of firsts continues to shape artists, advocates, and community members throughout her hometown.

Festivities include:

  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Explore the Museum’s collection and exhibition galleries
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Art making in the Kohl’s Art Studio and with guest facilitators BrushBox in the Quadracci Suite
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Bingo—with prizes such as items from Black women-owned businesses and Museum memberships
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Community engagement fair with Milwaukee organizations championing housing rights, law, and civic engagement
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Story Time in the Galleries led by Ashley Valentine from Rooted MKE
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 2:30–4:30 p.m. Live music led by DJ Lolo
  • 11 a.m.–noon, 3–4 p.m. Screening of the PBS Wisconsin documentary “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams”
  • Noon–1 p.m., 3–4 p.m. Social Concerns + Social Justice gallery tours* led by docents
  • Noon–3 p.m. Sound Healing led by Melissa Blue Muhammed in the Haitian Art gallery
  • 1–2:30 p.m. Panel conversation* led by Nakeysha Roberts Washington from Genre: Urban Arts featuring Black women civic leaders
  • 3–4 p.m. Tour* of On Site: Derrick Adams: Our Time Together led by Clayborn Benson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Black Historical Society and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Public Historian-in-Residence 

Milwaukee Art Museum

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