By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 29, 2020 at 1:30 PM

This Friday, WMSE's 4th annual Art & Music event moves online for the first time – and hopefully the last – this Friday, July 31.

Presented by Black Box Fund and MARN, the fundraising fun starts at 6 p.m. at wmse.org/artandmusic with a virtual experience of art, music and an auction.

Hosted by WMSE’s very own Tom Crawford, this event will showcase art from local and nationally famous artists, live performances by the Erotic Adventures of the Static Chicken and interviews with the artists and musicians. Plus, Great Lakes Distillery will share cocktail recipes and all attendees will get interesting info on some of Milwaukee’s greatest supporters of art.

"WMSE has always been the station to fully support Milwaukee area artists on so many levels," says Crawford. "The station has always been a place where the area's visual artists can count on the support of the station."

The virtual event centers around an auction featuring 200 album-sized, 12-by-12 boards and what would have been the event’s live painters’ art on 36-by-36 canvas. All of this artwork will be put up for auction throughout the event. Highlights of the artists’ virtual live painting will be showcased throughout as well.

All proceeds from this event will support WMSE and help the station continue the work it does to support the local arts community.

The Erotic Adventures of the Static Chicken, the featured band for every Art & Music event to date, will provide a live performance from the Brown Deer Conservatory. 

To watch this event, go to wmse.org/artandmusic or the WMSE Facebook page

"Despite its challenges and history, Milwaukee has one of the most vibrant, talented and creative communities in the country," says Crawford. "That's an ongoing constant no matter what's going on in the world. Creativity and the arts can be what sets your soul at ease," says Crawford.

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.