House of RAD
3700 N. Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Last weekend I ran into artist Brandon Minga at the Brady Street Art Walk. Even though the talk was brief, we managed to catch up fairly quick ending with a “next time I’m in Milwaukee, I would love to check out your new space”. Social media has become a great connector more now than before as a way to keep up with artists over the past year and half.
A few days later I was back in Milwaukee.
Not knowing what to expect or what the space looked like was a bit challenging, even with the address plugged into my GPS. But, I was able to find it. I walked towards two guys working outside and asked, “Is Brandon around?”. One of the guys said yes and walked me inside the building. Immediately I was greeted by Brandon.
Brandon gave me a tour of the 2 levels of the House of RAD as well as introduced me to makers, artisans, and artists as they were working on their own creative work whether it was building custom furniture or puppetry. Brandon even gave me a sneak peek of a commissioned sculpture that will be located at Bayshore Mall in the near future. As we were walking and talking, I could sense a diverse community of doers. There was a great energy present as we walked into different spaces of the House of RAD. I do have to admit that when I heard the name of this place I thought it was named after Brandon because if you meet him in person he is a pretty rad dude.
Turns out that the House of RAD sums exactly what this place is about and that is a place for a resident artist doer, which is a collaborative space for 2-D and 3-D artists working in all media. This space felt more like a community that embraces media beyond visual arts. The House of RAD is a new space of 8-months with the intention to become a public space to bring people together to enjoy the creative process and to meet the doers that define it.
For updates on the House of RAD, give them a follow at https://www.facebook.com/HouseofRADmke.
Upcoming Event at the House of RAD
Steamroller (MKE) Event
Saturday, July 17, 10am – 9pm
At the House of R.A.D. C&D Tech Building Parking Lot, 3700 N. Fratney St., Milwaukee, WI 53212
The Steamroller print event is back!
Reposted from @steamrollermke We are proud to announce STEAMROLLER! Steamroller is a LIVE arts event that features 12 local and regional artists who have created one-of-a-kind woodcut blocks that will be used to make original prints with a real steamroller. The artwork will be auctioned off to support Anchor Press, Paper and Print (AP3) a 501c3 charitable organization that brings together diverse youth, emerging and established artists, and the public to promote research, education and exploration.
Help us roll in the dough for AP3 and pave the way for the arts!