Aug 122015

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Two events connected by a parade
1 – 4 pm Dressing Blue Dress Park: Workshop and Concert
INOVA, 2155 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202
5 – 9 pm Full Moon Picnic @ Blue Dress Park
Corner of Reservoir and Holton, Milwaukee WI 53212
Free and open to the public.

Join us for Full Moon Picnic celebrating the 15th anniversary of Blue Dress Park’s christening. Bring yourself and a picnic and we’ll transform the space into a brilliant mosaic. Picnic blankets and colorful attire are encouraged. We will have grills and some food on hand. Moon rise at 7:30. An afternoon workshop features a 2 pm concert of Classical and Folk music of India with award-winning Jai Sovani-Garud and Pooja Dhaliwal. All events are free and open to the public.

Dressing Blue Dress Park, 1 – 4 pm
In preparation for the picnic join us for a workshop at INOVA and concert hosted by After School Special. Make a custom picnic blanket to use at the park while listening to a concert of Classical and Folk music of India by Jai Sovani-Garud and Pooja Dhaliwal (also performing at the park in the evening). The concert will begin at 2 pm. At 4 pm the workshop will culminate in a parade to the park led by After School Special.

Full Moon Picnic, 5 – 9 pm
Matt Cook, Master of ceremonies
Pooja Dhaliwal, Classical and Folk music of India
Jai Sovani-Garud, Classical Indian Music
Roger Boll, Accordion one-man band
Ruth Engel Brown and Renato Umali, Soprano and Keyboards
Field Outing, urban exploration/art making organized by Lynden Sculpture Garden
Guest Speakers: Tia Chianti Richardson, Elisabeth Albeck
Overhead drone photo with TBA
Event Program designed by Nate Pyper with texts by Kiki Anderson and Carl Bogner
After-party @ Company Brewing with FofBDP Mild Porter

Schedule       Additional details on the workshop         Parade Route        Participant bios

Sponsors: MMXII, India Music Society, MKE<->LAX Walsh’s Beer and Liquor, Anna-Marie Opgenorth, Burke Properties, Bliffert Lumber and Hardware, Riverwest Radio, The Home Depot, Digital Edge.

For more information or inquiries please contact

Jun 212015

Celebrating 15 years of Blue Dress Park. What used to be an overlooked slab of concrete has since developed into a symbol of overlooked cultural resources. On June 30th, 2000 Paul Druecke christened Blue Dress Park by inviting people to gather in the space. In doing so he temporarily changed perceptions about the urban environment. Now after 15 years in the making, the park serves as an emblem for the poetic potential of neighborhood amenities.

With this selection of photos we look back to where it began and thank everyone who has supported us along the way. Look for coming details on an event in late August.

Image selection: Laura Hunter and Elizabeth Rath. Photo credits: Pete DiAntoni.

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The current newsletter is currently available at select locations around Milwaukee as well as through Publication Studio in Portland Oregon. Thanks to Patricia No and Antonia Pinter for sending us their book purchase take-away pic. We’d like to also thank our sponsors for making Volume II possible.


May 312015

Photo by Jenna Knapp

On September 21st, 2014 Milwaukeeans gathered for the second annual Blue Dress Cup Competition. Through a series of athletic events, artists from around the city battled for the title of Best Artist in Milwaukee. The competitors tested the time-honored artistic qualities of Sensitivity, Judgement, and Authenticity in a game of basketball, a performative interpretation of the park, and a role-swapping event in which they had the opportunity to judge the judges. In the end, Tia Richardson was awarded the cup and the title.

The group of competitors was comprised of Tia Richardson, Alice Waraxa, Neil Gasparka, Kathryn Wilson Elisabeth Albeck, and Jeff Suddendorf. The event was judged by Dana Basset from Bad At Sports, Jeremy Fojut from Newaukee, Renato Umali of the Umali Awards, and Murray the Best Artist in Milwaukee of 2013. MC Adam Carr hosted the event. Blue Dress Cup was in coordination with Doors Open Milwaukee.

The Best Artist Reception will be held later in 2014 to honor the achievements of Richardson and the other constants.

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Photos by Jenna Knapp