Free Day + Celebration: Freedom! at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum is offering free admission to all and a full day of celebration and inclusion on June 6, 10:00 am–8:00 pm.

The event will feature a diverse lineup of activities honoring Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, all for free.

Photo: Visit Milwaukee

Event Highlights:

Art Making | 10 AM–6:30 PM
Unleash your creativity in two art-making zones. Create projects inspired by Sam Gilliam’s draped canvas in the studio or get inventive with guest facilitator A Peace of Abundance in the Milwaukee Room.

Community Engagement Fair | 10 AM–7 PM
Connect with art organizations from across Milwaukee dedicated to promoting freedom and supporting LGBTQIA+ and Black communities.

Sound Healing | 10 AM–3 PM
Experience a soothing, meditative journey with singing bowls led by Melissa Blue Muhammad in the Kohl’s Haitian Gallery.

Film Screening | 10:30 AM–4:30 PM
Watch the insightful PBS Wisconsin documentary “Wisconsin Pride.”

Kohl's Art Studio in Milwaukee Art Museum Wisconsin

He Do Yoga: Freedom Break | NOON–1 PM
Join Lorenzo Edwards, founder of He Do Yoga, for a session celebrating the liberatory potential of movement and rest.

Live DJ | 1–6 PM
Dance to the beats of DJ Bizzon (1–3 PM) and DJ DRiPSweat (3–6 PM) in Windhover Hall.

Drop-In Tour | 3–4 PM
Explore artworks highlighting freedom, including pieces by LGBTQIA+ and Black artists. Tours depart from Windhover Hall.

Guest Gallery Talk | 5–6 PM
Join Milwaukee Artist of the Year (2022) Ck Ledesma for a discussion on the theme of freedom.

Lecture | 6:15–7:15 PM
Hear curator Valerie Cassel Oliver delve into Sam Gilliam’s visionary approach to art-making in Lubar Auditorium. (Includes ASL interpretation)

First-Time Visitors:

Here are a few guidelines to ensure a smooth visit:

  • Stay an arm’s length away from the art.
  • Finish food and drinks, including water, before entering the galleries.
  • Store umbrellas, large bags, backpacks, and water bottles in a locker.
  • Strollers are welcome in the galleries, but wagons must be stored in the coatroom.
  • Take photos without flash, stabilizers, or tripods.

Come as you are to celebrate freedom, community, and creativity through a day full of engaging activities suitable for all ages at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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