Live Event
March 3, 2022

Latino Arts at the United Community Center

Join us for an evening of compelling conversation! The 2022 Unity Award honorees will engage in a panel discussion, moderated by Pardeep Kaleka.

Enjoy food, refreshments and networking from 6:30 to 7:15, including complimentary beer provided by Molson Coors.

Each ticket purchase includes a complimentary 1-year subscription to Milwaukee Magazine!

Photos by Kat Schleicher

Award Winners


Courage MKE: In 2015 Brad Schlaikowski and his husband, Nick founded Courage MKE, a collaborative movement that provides housing and services for displaced and homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Milwaukee. Courage House can house up to five youth at a time, and each receives counseling, health care, training in life skills, and when possible, family reunification

Corry Joe Biddle: As vice president of community affairs for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and executive director of FUEL Milwaukee, Corry Joe Biddle addresses the problems of Milwaukee’s deep-rooted segregation, and its effects on people of color by connecting young professionals to a more diverse community and by working with local businesses to address racial inequity.

Jessica Boling: In her work with ElevAsian, an organization dedicated to elevating the visibility of AAPIs in the Milwaukee community, Jessica Boling dedicates herself to celebrating Asian culture and cultivating awareness to issues of hate and racism. In her role at the AAPI Coalition, Boling is also advocating for Wisconsin public schools to incorporate Asian history in their curriculum.

Vedale Hill: Vedale Hill has established himself as one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated artists – but some of his most important work includes empowering local youth and communities to thrive. In his partnership with SHARP Literacy, Hill collaborates with local children on murals with themes including diversity and race relations.

Light the Hoan: In October 2020, Michael Hostad and co-founder Ian Abston officially launched the organization Light the Hoan, responsible for installing thousands of LED lights on the Hoan Bridge. Since then, it’s been lit in different color combinations in honor of more than 80 Milwaukee communities, causes, organizations and events.

Katie Avila Loughmiller: Together with fellow artist Gabriela Riveros, Katie Avila Loughmiller founded LUNA – Latinas Unidas en las Artes – to cultivate a sense of community among Latinx artists. Along with connecting Latinx artists with one another, the initiative provides a platform for women and non-binary people of color to collaborate and share their art with the community.