On Thursday, April 9th Midnight Run hosted heART of Milwaukee at Redeemer Lutheran Church on the corner of 19th and Wisconsin. This was a night of showcasing talent, authentic tunes, laughter, and a stronger sense of community. Members of the Marquette and Milwaukee community came together to show their support for the arts and community building.
The first hour was a social hour were friends were had the opportunity to snack on food provided by Troop Cafe and listen to live music. Troop Cafe is a nonprofit cafe located at 3430 W. Wisconsin Avenue that provides food service and hospitality training to US Veterans along with serving meals to the public.
At 7pm the performances began with a beautiful poem about loss performed by a fellow Marquette student. The thunderstorm echoing outside of the church throughout the event add such an eerie and special feeling to the night. This was a night of brave souls whom look leaps of faith on trying something new and sharing on issues in our community. There was a performance by the man behind Humans of Milwaukee that shed light on homelessness and a women’s sexuality. My friend Tim also had the chance of performing a few songs for the audience with his new guitar.
The last of performance of the night spoke volumes to me. A Marquette nursing student performed an original spoken word poem inspired by a teacher she met while service learning at an elementary school in the Milwaukee area. This poem emphasized how these teachers wear many hats ranging from being a mentor, friend, nurse, tutor and cheerleader helping them walk through the many obstacles the children face on a daily basis.
All were invited to this community event as a way to celebrate the many talents of our community and its great to see how well the night went. A big thank you to the Midnight Run team and all the hard work they put into this organization. Can’t wait to see what this organization does next!