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Inclusivity & Diversity at MIAD

Guided by our Core Value of Inclusion, to find strength in diversity, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design commits to maintaining an environment where its diverse community of students, employees, and guests are met with mutual respect and an appreciation of their individual differences.

Cultures of today are influenced in unprecedented ways, as technology accelerates change and introduces new media, educational attainment rises worldwide, and declarations of self-identity become the norm. Previously-unheard voices are finding platforms and audiences, allowing for greater appreciation and critique of the world we inhabit. MIAD is a part of this changing world, and the disciplines we study at MIAD give voice to an emerging collection of diverse, skilled, and empowered creative professionals ready to shape the world around them.

Here you will find resources for learning more about diversity and inclusion, information on upcoming events, and our Equity and Inclusion Action Plan:

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TMJ4 features two MIAD graduates during AAPI month

Stephanie Brown of TMJ4 News featured recent graduates Mengdian Xing ’23 (Product Design) and her sister Lynn Xing ’23 (Interior Architecture and Design) during a month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.

Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy features Illustration faculty

Ever since he was a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Associate Professor of Illustration John Matson has incorporated fantasy illustration into his work. This lifelong fascination has led to a fruitful career as a fantasy illustrator and educator, most recently manifesting in an invitation to attend a Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy as a guest illustrator.

Successful Creative Fusion gala closes Our Creative Future campaign

Raising more than $10 million is no small feat. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) announced it had exceeded its comprehensive campaign goal of $10 million after its annual fundraising gala Creative Fusion: Fashion Forward, where donors generously raised more than $485,000 in scholarship support on May 6, 2023.

2023 Penfield Poster Competition bolsters professional experience

This year’s Penfield Poster winners have been announced! In collaboration with advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt, 80 juniors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) designed posters for the Annual Croquet Ball fundraiser at the Penfield Children’s Center.