Let’s make diversity Milwaukee’s greatest asset.

  • Who We Are

      Greater Together is a non-profit organization that promotes racial and economic equity in the creative industries in the Greater Milwaukee area. We embrace collaboration and creativity, and believe in inclusion, so everyone can participate, prosper and reach their full potential within the design and creative communities.

      We are the originators of the Greater Together Challenge, an unprecedented competition focused on generating and advancing ideas that address segregation in Milwaukee.

  • Our Mission
      • To Inspire creative industry professionals to use their talents to design a more diverse future.
      • Start with ourselves — our organizations, industries, businesses
        and the work we do everyday.
      • Create campaigns that increase awareness and deeper understanding of the issues of racial inequity.
      • Explore opportunities for positive change that others can follow
      • Inspire people of color in underrepresented communities to pursue creative careers.
      • Champion research and create tools that drive change.
  • Our Vision

      A creative industry where everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

  • Our Strategy

      Inspire members of Milwaukee’s creative industries to take leadership roles in creating just and fair inclusion in our fields.

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“Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.”

John Lennon

“Hold fast to dreams,
for if dreams die,
life is a broken-winged
bird that cannot fly.”

Langston Hughes

“There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground… It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape.”

Tom Brokaw

“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality.”

Pope Francis
in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium Nov. 24, 2013.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”

Nelson Mandela

“Like Jim Crow (and slavery), mass incarceration operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely
by race.”

Michelle Alexander,
The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the
Age of Colorblindness

“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

U.S Supreme Court
Brown v. Board of education

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

John F. Kennedy

Featured Program: Creative Corps

Creative Corps


The Creative Corps is a multi-faceted program designed to make it easy for businesses and professionals within the creative industries to open their businesses and the creative economy to young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods.


The objective of The Creative Corps curriculum is to empower young people of color who want to learn skills and find a better path and opportunity for a successful creative life by reducing anxiety and barriers and increasing opportunities for future creative careers.

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Our Programs


Facilitation of an ongoing dialogue with the community produces actionable solutions. The team grooms creative industry professionals to take a leadership role in designing a more diverse and inclusive future so that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.


Creative industry brainstorms give professionals within the creative industries and community stakeholders an opportunity to explore issues of race and develop a unified commitment to opening the creative industries to greater diversity and generate ideas for AIGA/Greater Together Programming.


An Ongoing Opportunity

Every program AIGA/Greater Together engages in presents an opportunity to introduce the community to the power of design and the need to engage more fully in issues of racial equality. We also leverage Dialogues and Design Challenges to encourage designers to take the issues back to their firms and create their own campaigns and initiatives within their firms.


This gives designers an easy and gratifying way to plug in and share their passion. The workshops are designed to inspire students and introduce them to the power of design.


Issues-based Student Workshops bring together students of color, a team of professional designers and a professional facilitator—using design as a solution to real-world problems.

Panel Discussions

Spectrum is a three fold series consisting of Interaction, Lecture and Workshops. This series is designed to be equally exciting for young designers, those interested in entering the industry, social innovators and the business community. It features prominent and nationally recognized designers of color.

These free-wheeling sessions give the design community a chance to engage students, designers, business leaders and social innovators in our mission to diversify Milwaukee’s Creative Class.

Design Lectures

The Lecture portion features the same speaker talking about their journey, their work and the value of diversity in being competitive in today’s economy. It has also featured personal stories curated by Milwaukee’s local storytelling group, Ex Fabula. The guest designer also attends a workshop with children of color working to solve a real world design challenge and share their story and experiences.

Each speaker visits for two days to enable them to engage three different communities.

Spectrum Lecture Series

Greater Together Spectrum Lecture Series

Greater Together curates an annual series of lectures that bring together the world of design and social innovation with a particular focus on increasing inclusion into Greater Milwaukee’s Creative Industries so that all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The series is designed to lively and entertaining and equally interesting to the professional creative community, businesses, social innovators, and aspiring students.


Support & Info

Thank you for you interest in being Greater Together.

We believe, to thrive as a city, it is essential for Milwaukee's racially segregated creative industries to become more inclusive and reflective of our city as a whole. That begins by acknowledging the issues, and then making a commitment as individuals, professionals and businesses to be part of the soultion. We believe that making our creative economy more open and welcoming will be good for our businesses and have a significant impact by increasing opportunities for the disadvantaged as well.

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Upcoming Events

Design and social innovation come together at The Premier of the Greater Together Spectrum Series debuts at the University Club of Milwaukee on April 6.

Upcoming Events

Greater Together People’s Flag of Milwaukee Celebration

Radio 88.9Nine Milwaukee
June 14 from 7 to 9 PM

Don’t miss the winner announcement!

Announcement celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee  – 220 East Pittsburgh Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

Greater Together, AIGA Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Flag Initiative invite you to join us for the announcement of the new People’s Flag of Milwaukee.

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Greater Together Challenge

Our Partners


AIGA, the professional association for design, believes designers serve a critical role as communicators, educators and innovators.

Hanson Dodge Creative

Hanson Dodge Creative is a fully integrated, strategically driven marketing agency dedicated to inspiring consumers and transforming businesses.

Core Creative

Core Creative is an integrated marketing communications agency with a passion for making brands more human.

Zeidler Center

The Zeidler Center organizes civil dialogues and trainings for individuals, groups, and communities to decrease polarization, improve communication, and foster relationships.


Lead2Change is a youth leadership organization that develops young leaders who are committed to creating change in the greater Milwaukee area.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

88Nine Radio Milwaukee is a catalyst for creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee.

The University Club of Milwaukee

The University Club of Milwaukee is the City’s premier private city club for leaders who are shaping the business, philanthropic and civic landscape of our community.

Heil Family Foundation

Heil Family Foundation supports organizations at the intersection of art, creativity and social innovation.

Advisory Team & Friends of Greater Together


  • Ken Hanson

    Executive Director
    Greater Together
    220 East Buffalo Street
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Katherine Wilson

    Associate Director

  • Nata Abbott

    Director of Operations & Outreach

  • Xavier Ruffin

    Programming Director

  • Sarah Smith

    Social Media Specialist

  • Advisory Team

  • Chris Bishop

    Brand Director
    Graff Faucets

    AIGA Wisconsin

  • Todd Broadie

    M-7 Next Generation
    Manufacturing Council

  • James Hall

    Hall Legal

  • Christine Harris

    Christine Harris Connections

  • Katie Heil

    The Heil Family Foundation

  • Marty Kaiser

    Former Editor &
    Senior Vice President
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Kimberly Kane

    Kane Communications Group

  • Ken Krei

    Milwaukee Art Museum
    Board of Trustees

  • Melinda Krei

    President’s Advisory Council
    Teachers College
    Columbia University

  • Keisha Krumm

    Lead Organizer
    Common Ground

  • Paula Pennebaker

    President & CEO

  • Rabbi Francis Barry Silberg

    Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun

  • George Tzourgos

    Executive Director
    Wisconsin Arts Board

  • Wyman Winston

    Executive Director

  • Resources