For Immediate Release
August 26, 2021
Green Bay, Wis. – Brown County Democrats are pleased to announce their participation in the Mural & Busker Festival happening August 26th – 29th in downtown Green Bay. The party has donated the north wall of its office building at 118 S. Chestnut Avenue to On Broadway and United Art to be live painted during the public art event.
“We are thrilled to make a donation to public art in Green Bay,” says Renee Gasch, Chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County. “It’s a great way to give back to the neighborhood we love and contribute to revitalizing the local small business district.”
Dr. Pooja Bambha-Arora, a local Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant and board member of United Arts, served as project manager for the mural. United Arts is a local group focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented artists in the area. Buskers—live street performers—commissioned by On Broadway will also be set up outside the party office during the art event.
“We need to have inclusion and representation in every decision that we make when it comes to hiring for jobs and reflecting our community in public spaces,” said Dr. Bambha-Arora. As project manager, she interviewed several artists and contracted Claire Erickson to design the mural based on the themes of diversity and democracy.
Community members and press are invited to come down to the event to see the live art throughout the weekend and help document the mural’s progress. Photography can be posted online using the party’s hashtag #VoteBlueBrownCounty or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coinciding with the public art event, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is hosting a Weekend of Action for volunteers to get out into the community and talk to voters. It will be the first time Democratic Party volunteers have knocked doors since the beginning of the pandemic in Spring 2020. Volunteers will be vaccinated and masked; anyone interested in participating can sign up here.
Interviews with the following representatives will be available throughout the weekend outside the building located at 118 S. Chestnut Ave in Green Bay:
Loren Prince, 2nd Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Brown County
Availability: Saturday 10-11am; Phone: (906) 235-0740
Dr. Pooja Bambha-Arora, Project Manager, United Art
Availability: Saturday 12pm to 1pm
Sunday – 12 to 1pm.
Phone: (716) 418-0990
Rep. Kristina Shelton, Wisconsin State Assembly (D – Green Bay)
Availability: Sunday 12-12:30 pm; Phone: (303) 883-2482
Following the completion of the mural, the Democratic Party of Brown County will take responsibility for the protection and upkeep of the mural. Members are hosting a small fundraiser for its building fund to cover the expense of maintaining the mural long term. Community members can donate here to support.
The Democratic Party of Brown County acknowledges that its office building resides on Indigenous land and recognizes the sovereignty of the First Nations of Wisconsin, including the local Menominee and Oneida Nations.