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Northwestern Mutual is throwing a year-long birthday party, in the form of a charitable art exhibition.

Fine art meets philanthropy in an upcoming community showcase that one company is using to highlight not only the city of Milwaukee but the people and organizations who make it great – by giving back to each other.

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation will commemorate its 25th anniversary in February 2018 by opening an art exhibition called “Giving Gallery: Community in Process.”

Giving Gallery

A sneak-peek image of an artwork by Steve Ohlrich (in support of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County); image courtesy of Northwestern Mutual

Over the last quarter of a century, the foundation has donated money to various nonprofits that contribute to city improvement projects, whether through cancer research, public school system initiatives or other community-driven ventures.

The gallery, which will remain open throughout 2018, features 26 unique works of art by 17 different artists – all created to highlight the importance of local engagement.

Each artist has a tie to Wisconsin, and each was paired with one to three non-profits. Artists represent different mediums through their own pieces – and also try to tell the stories of the organizations they’ve been paired with. In addition to representation at the art show, each group will received a $10,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Nonprofits include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The free gallery will be open to the public at Northwestern Mutual Towers and Commons. Those who choose to attend will be encouraged to give back to a featured non-profit, by donating money or by donating time to a hands-on volunteer effort.

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