The event is held quarterly and was held at over 60 venues exhibiting a variety of fascinating art throughout the downtown Milwaukee area.
This year Esperanza Unida participated and introduced National Gallery, featuring paintings from local Latino and African-American artists in addition to cultural music and dance by the dance group, Ballet Folklórico de México.
During the event Alderman Michael Murphy presented a check for 5,000.00 to Esperanza Unida General Manager, Manny Perez for its “Mural of Peace” restoration project. Alderman Murphy is Chairman of the Milwaukee Arts Board. This board approved Esperanza Unida to be the first recipient of a grant from its fund. The board issues money to various arts projects devoted to the conservation of public art in the City of Milwaukee.
At the recommendation of the Public Art Subcommittee, the Board allocated $5,000 to Esperanza Unida, Inc., for the restoration of sections of the “Mural of Peace” located at 611 West National Avenue.
The 80’ x 160’ mural was created by artist Reynaldo Hernandez in 1994 on the former Kroeger Building, once the hub of the Walker’s Pont commercial center.
The mural, located close to Interstate 94, is subject to damage from pollution and dirt, and was first restored in 2000. Mr. Hernandez will begin working on restoring the mural this summer by repainting several of the mural’s 285 panels. The mural will be cleaned, resealed and a protective UV coat will be applied.
“The mural is of historical, cultural and aesthetic importance to our city,” observed Alderman Michael Murphy. “It is exactly the kind of project the Milwaukee Arts Board is interested in funding. We are particularly pleased that Esperanza Unida is using this opportunity to educate the public about the conservation of public art by documenting the process on video and establishing
a Facebook page for the project.”