Milwaukee Artist Resource Network has been connecting and supporting artists for over 20 years, but its 5,500-square-foot space is still the new kid on the Historic Third Ward block (191 N. Broadway).
When the idea for a brick and mortar first came up, president and CEO Mal Montoya thought it might prove difficult to lure passersby into the not-for-profit arts space. So his team thought about two things people love: coffee and wine.
In 2021, the MARN Art + Culture Hub was born, with museum-quality galleries, a marketplace fully stocked by local artists and a cafe/bar.
“[The Hub] was built by artists for artists and those who appreciate that work,” Montoya says.
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On display this month is “HOOPS“, a portrait project by Nicole Acosta that examines the cultural significance of hoop earrings.
“The portraits and film feature individuals who have a deep connection to hoop earrings and for the first time give an honest testimony of why hoop earrings make so many feel empowered, protected and magical,” Acosta said in a news release about the show.
MARN is hosting an opening reception for “HOOPS“ on Feb. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. There will also be a HERE2PLAY: HOOPS event on Feb. 8, featuring live scene readings from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s play (running March 10-April 2), which is adapted from Acosta’s project.