Your Official Summer 2020 Milwaukee Street Art Tour

Some are old, some are new, but all of them are worth checking out.

STREET ART HAS BEEN booming recently in Milwaukee. Inspired by the protests and the pandemic new works have sprung up around the city, making its street art culture more vibrant than ever before. Take a look at 10 of Milwaukee’s most poignant and beautiful murals, old and new.

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George Floyd and Dontre Hamilton Mural

N. HOLTON STREET AND NORTH AVENUE | ARTISTS: CHRIS BURKE AND OTHERS

A tribute to the current antiracism movement, this new mural features George Floyd, who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May, and Dontre Hamilton, who was shot by police in Red Arrow Park in 2014.

Photo by Benjamin Moran via Unsplash

“Frontline Heroes”

6TH STREET AND LINCOLN AVENUE | ARTIST MAURICIO RAMIREZ

Prolific street artist Mauricio Ramirez created this mural in April in honor of the medical workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus.

Photo via Facebook

Breonna Taylor Mural

E. LOCUST AVENUE AND N. HOLTON STREET | ARTISTS: RUBEN ALCANTAR AND CHRIS BURKE

This new mural is in honor of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman who was shot by police in March while sleeping in her home.

Photo via Wallpaper City

“The Unsung Hero”

THE P.H. DYE HOUSE AT 320 E. BUFFALO ST. | ARTIST: CASE MACLAIM

Renowned German muralist Case Maclaim brought his talents to Milwaukee with this piece honoring the unrecognized working-class women of the city’s past and present.

Photo via Wallpapered City

Civil Rights Mural

ALLEY OF LOCUST AVENUE AND HOLTON STREET | MULTIPLE ARTISTS

This mural was coordinated via a public Facebook event, where any and all volunteer artists were invited to paint their tribute to civil rights leaders. There’s too much art to be captured in one photo, so be sure to check this one out.


“We Are In This Together” Mural

ALLEY BETWEEN HI MOUNT BOULEVARD AND 49TH STREET | ARTIST: FRED KAEMS

Artist Fred Kaems made his own garage into a canvas to promote a message of unity during the pandemic. You can see this one while driving down W. Lloyd Street.


Black Cat Alley

BEHIND THE ORIENTAL THEATRE BETWEEN E. KENILWORTH AND E. IVANHOE PLACES | MULTIPLE ARTISTS

The epicenter of Milwaukee’s street art, this two-block alley features a collection of 24 murals by 21 artists from around the country and the world. It’s always growing, so keep an eye out for new work and events.

Photo by Abby Vakulskas

“Mural of Peace”

611 W. NATIONAL AVE IN WALKER’S POINT | ARTIST: REYNALDO HERNANDEZ

An iconic Milwaukee mural painted in 1993, this work of art is meant to promote peace and unity between the diverse people of the city and of the world.

Photo by Maria Christianson

“Peacemakers”

S. KINNICKINNIC AVENUE, FIRST STREET AND MITCHELL STREET | ARTIST: MILWAUKEE NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL

Painted in the late 1980s, this mural dedicated to advocates for peace still holds up today. It prominently features Milwaukee-based civil rights activists James Groppi.

Photo by Abby Vakulskas

“Migration”

JEFFERSON STREET PEDESTRIAN TUNNEL | ARTISTS: KATIE BATTEN AND JANSON RAPISARDA (AKA CERA)

This 50-foot tunnel is completely decked out with an immersive mural featuring Milwaukee’s most famous landmarks alongside its flora and fauna, reminding us of everything we love about the city.

Photo by Abby Vakulskas

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Jude is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. He is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University studying journalism, gender and sexuality studies and theatre.