Wisconsin Life #505: “Mixed Media”

November 3, 2017


Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald explores a widespread collection of striking street art during this episode.  She travels around Milwaukee to check out some of the dozens of outdoor murals (see links at bottom of this article) found throughout the city.  Fitzgerald makes a stop at TRUE Skool and talks with Co-Executive Directors Shalina Ali and Fidel Verdin about how the non-profit organization works to engage young people using the culture of hip hop to create community-centered murals in Milwaukee.

Fitzgerald also has all-new stories from the Wisconsin Life team, including… a profile of Oscar Mireles, Madison’s poet laureate.  Mireles extends his love for the written word in his work at a school he runs that helps people obtain their GED.

Next, the team heads to Green Bay to meet Baylee Alger. Alger likes to do things that many other teens enjoy.  He plays video games and the drums and loves to read.  And while Alger lost his sight at the age of four due to cancer, it hasn’t stopped him from reading.  In fact, the avid reader competes in national reading and typing braille competitions.

Then it’s off to Manitowish Waters, where Melinda Pierce and a couple of dozen other women seniors formed a group to share their collective passions for kayaking and friendship.  Their self-named group… the Lady Yakkers.

Finally, the Wisconsin Life team rolls into Madison, where Carly Schuna and Jeremy Perkins are national champions of a unique sport called German Wheel.  They practice at a local gym where people can learn to perform on the German Wheel just like in the circus.


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