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160 Artists & Makers
 

Fine Art & Handmade Goods
 

Local Food Trucks
 

Outdoor Event

Mount Mary College

2900 Menomonee River Pkwy

Milwaukee, WI 53222

September 8th, 2024
10AM - 4PM

Adults: $10 Entry

Kids (12 & Under): FREE

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More About Make Art MKE

Make Art MKE is an outdoor event on the  Mount Mary campus  sponsored by re:Craft and Relic and Lit MKE.

The Mount Mary Starving Artists' Show was a staple in the Milwaukee art community for over 50 years and like many others, Mike Bate, the owner of local business Lit MKE, didn't want to see it go. 
 

Seeing an opportunity to step in and revive this long lasting art fair, Mike's vision for Make Art MKE is all about honoring the history of the Mount Mary event, while pulling in local makers of handmade goods, and a focus on supporting the surrounding neighborhood.  A portion of proceeds from the 2024 art fair will go to art programming at Milwaukee German Immersion School and the revitalization of Cooper Park.

re:Craft and Relic is passionate about connecting small businesses to the community around them and is excited to help breathe new life to this art fair.

 

As a new event with new, outside organizers, we want to carry on the spirit of the Starving Artists Show and fill the Mount Mary grounds once again with artists, makers and creatives, supporting one generation while inspiring the next.

Make Art MKE is an outdoor event on the  Mount Mary campus  sponsored by re:Craft and Relic and Lit MKE. The Mount Mary Starving Artists' Show was a staple in the Milwaukee art community for over 50 years and like many others, Mike Bate, the owner of local business Lit MKE, didn't want to see it go.  Seeing an opportunity to step in and revive this long lasting art fair, Mike's vision for Make Art MKE is all about honoring the history of the Mount Mary event, while pulling in local makers of handmade goods, and a focus on supporting the surrounding neighborhood.  A portion of proceeds from the 2023 art fair will go to revitalizing Cooper Park. re:Craft and Relic is passionate about connecting small businesses to the community around them and is excited to help breathe new life to this art fair. As a new event with new, outside organizers, we want to carry on the spirit of the Starving Artists Show and fill the Mount Mary grounds once again with artists, makers and creatives, supporting one generation while inspiring the next.

Interested in volunteering?
  • How long does the application approval process take?
    It depends a little on when we receive your application. We typically approve applications within 2-3 weeks.
  • Do you have any space left?
    We fill up quickly in certain categories, but we're always adding to our waitlist. Feel free to apply if you are interested in participating, even if the event is a week away. We'll reach out ASAP if there's a spot open and you're a great fit for it.
  • Can I do one day of the event and not the other?
    We require all vendors participate in all hours of the event.
  • What is my booth number?
    You can see your booth number in BoothCentral at any time after you've been approved. Open BoothCentral and click View Application, then scroll down and you'll be able to see your booth number, and Add-Ons (tables, chairs, etc.), and the payments that you've made.
  • What are the setup hours for MKE County Sports Complex events?
    Friday - 1:00PM-7:00 PM Saturday - 7:00-8:00 AM (MUST load in before 8AM on Saturday) Sunday - 8:30-9:30 AM.
  • Do you accept direct sales vendors?
    We're sorry, but we do not accept direct sales vendors.
  • What does it mean if I'm "waitlisted" ?
    We have many more applicants than spaces available. You may wonder why you were added to our wait list when it looks like we have plenty of spaces left. This market is carefully curated and certain categories do fill up quickly. We might not have room for you no matter how many times you've joined us in the past or how awesome you are. If you are added to our wait list, NO PAYMENT will be taken unless you are approved with your consent at a later date. If a spot in your category opens up, we'll reach out to you to see if you're still interested and available. There's no knowing if or when a spot WILL open up until one does. No need to send emails asking if a spot opened or asking to be removed from the waitlist. *No food artisan vendors will be contacted within 2 weeks of the event due to the time it takes to communicate with the health department in regards to this category.
  • Can I share a booth space?
    Yes. Two vendors are welcome to share one booth space but must apply together on one application.
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Interested in Being a Vendor?

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Applications for Make Art MKE here:

Application period: March 4th, 2024 - April 2nd, 2024

Applications received after April 2nd will be added to our list of Wait List artists.  If a spot opens up ahead of the event, which happens frequently, we will reach out to the artist who is the best fit to fill that space.

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Event Sponsors 2024

This event is brought to you by re:Craft and Relic and Lit MKE.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards Cooper Park improvements

and art programming at Milwaukee German Immersion School.

A message from Mike Bate:

My name is Mike Bate and I am the other half of Make Art MKE and owner of local candle business, Lit MKE.

 

When I heard the starving artist show at Mount Mary was going to be discontinued after it got rained out in 2022 it really bummed me out after the long standing history it held on the grounds of the university. I refused to let it fall by the way side and recruited my friend Sue of re:Craft and Relic to help bring something together so it would not take a lapse or a year off. We urged the university to consider letting us carry on the legacy to which they agreed but under a new name,

Make Art MKE. Some of you were with us last year as we are so so thankful and we're proud of what we built in a short amount of time and through the challenges that were presented. 

 

The community really stepped up to show their support and costs were aided from surrounding businesses and supporters from the community in which Make Art MKE takes place. The goal of Make Art MKE is to provide a place for all those joining to share their art and passion through their work with the community near and far as well as highlighting the great small businesses doing big things in the neighborhood and beyond. 

 

Last year I was able to donate close to $6000 dollars to worthy organizations in the community.

 

If you would like to become a sponsor of the show,  please reach out via email: litmilwaukee@gmail.com

 

Many Thanks-

Mike Bate

Make Art MKE  & Lit MKE

Thank You, 2023 Sponsors!

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Friends of Cooper Park
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