After nearly two years, the Creational Trails Project has officially come to a successful close! The project had a series of important impacts, both economically and socially. We thank every sponsor, program partner, artist, and attendee that made this possible!
Thankfully, we worked with local filmmaker, West Tank, throughout the project and he was able to capture the journey we took in producing this initiative. We hope you enjoy viewing this short film!

NEXT STEPS: Placemaking on Wisconsin Avenue from Wes Tank on Vimeo.

NEXT STEPS: A Placemaking Experience on Wisconsin Avenue from Wes Tank on Vimeo.
Artist Reflection by Creational Trails Finalist, Ayla Boyle

I am very honored to be a part of this project. It has been a rough one, but I have learned so much from this entire experience. It has given me the courage to push forward within the community and make a positive difference through my nonverbal senses of communication, art.

Throughout the duration of the project, the sculpture had taken various forms. Eventually we had chosen the location on fourth and Wisconsin on the Blue Building and the Boston Lofts. We purchased all the rope and started to install. Once we started adding the parapet clamps, that’s when we realized it was no longer going to be structurally sound.

But in order to bring something to the public eye, I was asked to do many string installations up and down the street. Feedback that I received from the small interventions was very positive. I am thankful I was able to show my work in the physical form, and in a a different way.

With all of these experiences I’ve been able to grow as an artist and a community supporter. I am looking forward to expanding these ideas further in the very near future. Hopefully by next summer we will be able to figure out how to use the string we had already ordered. More fundraising will have to take place for installing fees. I am also looking to fundraise $40,000 for a different project I’m creating for the Menominee Valley. To represent the Native American community that does need more positive recognition.

Again thank you very much for this amazing opportunity. It has made my dreams come true. I hope to catch more of my and the communities dreams in the near future. Thank you.
–Ayla Boyle


Creational Trails
Creational Trails is creating a network of improvised spaces to activate places as a means of encouraging acceptance and growth of the cultural diversity in Milwaukee. Specifically, ‘Creational Trails is taking a unique approach to developing interactive art projects in targeted neighborhoods with the aim of raising visibility of those areas and activity within, such as increased foot and bike traffic.The two locations include the artery, a two-thirds of a mile former rail corridor connecting the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods, and a 10-block stretch on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. Both locations will host several public events, public calls and commissioned placemaking activities with a focus on arts and culture throughout 2014.‘Creational Trails is led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) Initiative with management teams from NEWaukee and beintween.

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