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:
Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.
During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.
Milwaukee is fast becoming a national hotspot for basketball. Not only is the city home to NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks, it recently played a pivotal role in creating the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy, awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the year. Milwaukee’s Vanguard Sculpture Services, the “best fine art foundry on planet Earth,” according to their website, poured and cast the final trophy.
Milwaukee high schoolers are getting a head start on their creative careers through the Design Internship at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The free, year-long program was recently approved for a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand the program for 2023-2024.