Our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series asks whether cities the size of Racine or Kenosha can support a distinct arts community, or if regional approaches to culture is the way to go. Bruce Pepich is the Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum. He was recently awarded the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award for his 37 years at the museum. He spoke with Bonnie North.
Regional development also involves the creation of community life; our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series looks at where the performing arts meet development. Chad Piechocki is the director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. The center holds performances at an auditorium it shares with South Milwaukee High School on 15th Avenue.
For Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections, one analyst says Wisconsin has nothing to fear Chicago's growth northward. Julio Rivera is Provost at Carthage College in Kenosha. He's the chair of the Geography department and also teaches earth science. He also runs the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab. His research looks at the development of suburban communities and urban planning. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci.