ACTIVATEMKE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Anne and Ben Koller, owners of the iconic MECCA floor, were born and raised in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood, growing up playing sports at Tiefenthaler Park, a park that has been the scene of two homicides and multiple shootings in one of the most violent zip codes in the City.

Over the years, community organizations surrounding the park have been seeking innovative initiatives that foster peace and encourage youth in a positive direction.

After traveling the world and working in public art, placemaking, and entrepreneurship, Anne and Ben felt called to return to their roots and support the community they grew up in.

Since January, in partnership with Lake Valley Camp and ActivateMKE, they have been working with community residents and leaders on peacemaking efforts that use sport and art as a platform for peace.

With the support of generous grants from the Milwaukee Arts Board and Harry and Mary Franke Idea Fund, community-based public artist Muneer Bahauddeen was commissioned to lead the neighborhood through a process of peacemaking to craft five (5) Peace Posts made using the residents’ intentions for peace as the inspiration and foundation of the art pieces.

In the spirit of the MECCA Floor, bring together the seemingly opposite worlds of Sport and Art, a diverse team of local artists was assembled to design and execute a fully painted basketball

the court at Tiefenthaler park as a memorial to the Life and Work of the late pop artist Robert Indiana.

On Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 9 PM join Midtown residents and leaders at Tiefenthaler Park (25th and Galena) for their city-wide Stand 4 Peace Day Celebration.

Attendees are invited to join the team of artists and Mayor Tom Barrett for a Peace Post Ceremony with a live performance by WebsterX inaugurating the Home Court Design in support of peace and unity in the community. Learn more and RSVP at stand4peacemke.eventrbrite.com

The HOME COURT Project is an homage to Milwaukee’s deep culture of court art and a memorial to its creator Robert Indiana, whose MECCA Floor brought together the seemingly opposite world’s of sport and art in a meaningful and impactful way.

Within his original design, Indiana interwove artistic metaphors to convey a deeper message by using vibrant color, geometric shapes, and symbolic words.

AUGUST 20, 2018 BY