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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

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"Make Milwaukee": The Harmony Initiative

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Listen: How do non-profits arts organizations sustain and continue to grow in an inhospitable economic climate? What will be the nature of those solutions? One answer takes the shape of the Harmony Initiative, a collaboration between the Milwaukee Ballet, UWM's Peck School of the Arts, Froedtert Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Explore the project further below, as well as with articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the MJS Editorial Board, the Business Journal, and Tom Strini in Third Coast Digest.

The Ballet's current home is classic Milwaukee -- cream city brick and exposed wooden beams with a character surpassed by its need for maintenance and upgrades. In this piece, we hear how mutual necessity led to the Harmony initiative, followed by a first-hand tour of that need:

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While I love their current Walker's Point location, their proposed move makes an awful lot of sense for the Ballet -- I can't wait to see them join the arts groups flourishing downtown.