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Listening to Mitchell

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Listening to Mitchell

The digital form of 2014's Listening to Mitchell art project, which preserves images and stories of Milwaukee's own Mitchell Street

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In the summer of 2014, artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr launched Listening to Mitchell, a public art project that wove itself through the street’s physical and social fabric. Working with a wide range of residents, community organizations and businesses, the project created a visual campaign that mirrored the layers of advertising on the commercial corridor of Historic Mitchell street from 5th to 12th Street. 

While the installation of Listening to Mitchell has come and gone, the stories and the street don’t stop. In this digital archive, you will find different elements of the project recreated and preserved. Below, they share the process of how the project was created and what has come after.