Help establish an art space for students to use within a sustainable environment

Educator Name: Michael Carriere
School Name: Milwaukee School of Engineering

We hope to use a Meemic Foundation grant to create ReciproCITY, an experimental cultural and independent media center inside Sweet Water Organics, an indoor urban farm on Milwaukee's South Side. ReciproCITY will be a space for artists, designers, architects, scholars, filmmakers, scientists (natural and social), urban farmers, and others to meet, present work, collaborate on new work, and stage exhibitions. This space would be a hub space for art, ecology, and community engagement, and it would expose college students to the rapidly growing worlds of urban sustainability, aquaponics, and the visionary idea of re-imagining Milwaukee as organic city – transforming the rust belt into a green belt. The funds provided by the Meemic Foundation would go towards creating a prototypical modular studio space (being designed by New York-based architect Susan Sloan) - one that students could use as they engage with ReciproCITY. Artist - and UWM professor - Nicolas Lampert will use the program to introduce his students to issues of ecology and sustainable artistic practices. Michael Carriere - a professor at MSOE - will use the program to teach his students about green technologies and the importance of aesthetics in matters related to engineering.

The fields of urban sustainability, urban agriculture, and aquaponics are still emerging fields - and they are still looking for their own aesthetic. The beauty of this program is that it allows students and faculty with different skill sets to work together to help define these fields.

By the work that is created at ReciproCITY. We will have a gallery space at the center, so we will able to showcase such work. There will also be a digital archive created to document the work done on site.