In previous years, MKEfest was an annual one-day event that celebrated diversity in Milwaukee through art, music and culture in a festival-like setting. This year, like so many live events, it's moving online as the MKEfest Virtual Art Walk Series, but will undoubtedly fulfill a similar goal.
"The mission of the MKEfest Virtual Art Walk Series is to provide a unique digital platform for artists to talk about and showcase their work, while engaging with other artists and members of the community," says MKEfest organizer, Samantha Mitchell.
Every Saturday at 3 p.m., Mitchell will virtually host 2-3 Milwaukee artists in The ArtWalk Series. OnMilwaukee is a partner of the new series.
The first event is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 and can be accessed here.
"The Art Walk Series will showcase a plethora of artists and art forms. We will explore recent work, tour through studios, and view some live art," says Mitchell.
Mitchell is a community champion with over 10 years of marketing and brand development experience. She currently works as the Engagement Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Mitchell is also the founder and CEO of SamanthaStarr Events, and a board member of the Cream City Foundation.
"MKEfest allows artists and the community to connect through art and creative dialogue," says Mitchell. "One of our main goals is to showcase the hidden talent that the average person may not normally get to see. I take pride in cultivating new relationships and collaborations, and MKEfest definitely promotes that."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.