Civics test

Civics test

What are Milwaukee’s most-pressing cultural and entertainment needs, and how should we fund them? An interactive website co-sponsored by Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum allows users to simulate their own solutions.

“Asking greater-Milwaukee residents for their insights about the future of our cultural resources — our great parks, museums and fine arts institutions — is extremely important,” says President Michael R. Lovell. “With this civic participation, the Public Policy Forum and Marquette Law School will work together through this website to raise awareness of our city’s cultural and entertainment needs and position our city as a destination for generations to come.”

The site, accessable at, gives users information about potential investments in local cultural and entertainment assets and organizations, then allows them to prioritize the projects they see as most important and explore what potential financing package — if any — should be assembled to fund those needs. After the user completes his or her financing package, the site will generate a Web link that summarizes his or her results. Users can share their links with others — and, hopefully, continue an important community conversation.

The goal is to foster public discussion of regional cultural and entertainment needs in the wake of a yearlong series of deliberations conducted in 2014 by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force. — CJ

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