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March 2022

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Page 2 of 31 3 Tantalizing Tidbits from Milwaukee's Arts Scene MIAD Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)'s current exhibition, "Presence & Persistence: Visions of American Blackness," illustrates the experiences of Black individuals in the United States from a variety of perspectives. "Presence & Persistence" is on display at MIAD's Frederick Layton Gallery, 273 E. Erie St., through March 12. Featuring the work of David Anderson, Sandra Bridges, Chrystal Denise Gillon and Jerry Jordan, the exhibition includes several types of media and artistic techniques including painting, black-and- white renderings and collage work. "The essential humanity and spirit embodied in these artworks celebrate the trials, triumphs and histories of Black people in the United States and speaks out in opposition to the continued marginalization and racism that continues to plague our country in the 21st century," said Brad Anthony Bernard, MIAD associate professor and curator of this exhibition. Gallery hours are 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday, and admission is free. For more information, visit In the coming months, the college will open MIAD Gallery at The Ave., a retail gallery displaying and selling artwork created by MIAD students, staff, alumni and faculty. ARTS PAGE Renaissance Theaterworks Founded and run by women, Renaissance Theaterworks, now in its 29th season, operates with a mission of promoting gender parity onstage. Renaissance hosts ACTUALLY, a timely show for the #MeToo era examining sexual consent, March 11 through April 3. The new location for Renaissance Theaterworks performances also houses Next Act Theater at 255 S. Water St Written by Anna Ziegler, directed by Mary McDonald Kerr and featuring Eva Nimmer and Preston Tate, Jr., ACTUALLY tells the story of Tom and Amber, two college students attending Princeton University. The freshmen must navigate campus life while dealing with uncertainties, strangers and the lure of alcohol. "ACTUALLY is a smart, profound exploration of the culture of sexual consent," said Suzan Fete, artistic director and co-founder of Renaissance Theaterworks. "With lyricism and wit, ACTUALLY investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in and three sides to every story." Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 414-278-0765.

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