Join David Lee, Mac Antigua, and Lindsay Sheridan for a breezy weekly podcast about the goings on at Imagine MKE where they celebrate the joyful abundance in Milwaukee's arts and culture world.
Every week, they welcome Milwaukee artists, administrators, civic and business leaders, and other cultural creators to talk about how their work enriches Milwaukee and the region.
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Connecting Milwaukee Through Food w/ Omar Shaikh
This week on the pod we welcome Milwaukee business owner and community leader Omar Shaikh. Omar is well-known for his award-winning restaurant Carnevor, and he is also a partner in Wisconsin Ticket Concierge, O & B Consulting, and 3rd Street Market Hall at The Avenue and Tuk Tuk Chicago. Mac and David chat with Omar about how his love of connection with people got him into the hospitality industry, how restaurants worked together during the pandemic and the challenges they face ramping back up, Milwaukee's culinary taste and increasingly adventurous food scene, and more.
Finding the Glow Inside w/ Amanda Huff
Our guest this week is artist Amanda Huff: electronic musician, film composer, lawful-evil sorcerer, and bug extraordinaire hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a pop culture inspired intro, Amanda joins to talk about experiencing disorienting moments in art, vulnerability and emotion in creating, the role of the audience, the centering effect of the pandemic, and finding joy.
Arts Philanthropy Moving Forward w/ Christine Yoon
This week, we welcome Christine Yoon – Senior Program Officer, Arts at the Wallace Foundation - for a conversation covering Christine's musical idols, navigating culture shifts in the workplace, the philanthropic community's shifts over the last year, leadership development in nonprofits, managing uncertainty, and more.
(In Spirit) On Location at Lovers Lane Sushi and Seafood Buffet
This week on the pod, Mac and David revisit the glory days of being a podcast-producing duo as Lindsay is out of town. To start, cueing up Christine Yoon from Wallace Foundation who will now appear next week (you know, best laid plans). Then, an impromptu pre-recording lunch trip, and an exploration of Mac and David in person (as opposed to role/system) has them answering questions like "What is the best part of being you?"
Creating Sacred Spaces w/ Pardeep Singh Kaleka
This week, we welcome Pardeep Singh Kaleka and through the conversation create a sacred space to talk about appreciating the artistry in simply being your full self; having courage to forge a new path; responding to callings; holding on to humanity, forgiveness, and freedom in a disconnected world; and more. Pardeep is executive director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, founder of Serve2Unite, a published author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds” and a clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse and acts of violence.
Improvisation in Music and Politics w/ Steven Olikara
Today’s guest is Steven Olikara, Founder and Senior Advisor of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to renewing American politics through post-partisan, Millennial leadership. We talk about Steven's musical life - creating 15 bands in genres ranging from klezmer to punk - and how that has influenced his political work to bridge divides and build spaces where people can bring their full selves to the conversation.