Since the last post, I've done more ruminating on my topic and decided that I'd stick with the topic of looking at the way artistic culture shapes a community, but change my focus. I want to instead explore the way it shapes a community, through events like Sculpture Milwaukee and murals. Through this development, I realized it would be beneficial for my piece to include an interview with an individual who had created a highly visible public work in Milwaukee. My street art class met with Mauricio Ramirez when he talked about his work. In addition, Emma Daisy created the Westown in Bloom mural on Wisconsin Ave, and I got to photograph her at the opening for the Shepherd. I could potentially connect with her via instagram, so I'm starting to form leads. Other ideas might include the way the addition of the Black Holocaust Museum has shaped our community.
The discussion with Todd helped me ideate the way I want to go about my project. I like to always have a plan or roadmap and stick to that, but his suggestions on following our own gut for inspiration and research to lead you down paths, and to keep exploring ideas and topics within that realm until they lead you to the next area of investigation were a helpful way to suggest a new approach to my plan.