“Cultural Foodways: How does food help preserve your cultural heritage?”


Saturday, September 12, 2015


The International Food and Art Walk; National Ave. between 33rd and 35th Streets, Milwaukee, WI

How many people exhibited objects?

We had 12 exhibitors, including one provided by the MPM.

How many people came but did not bring objects?

We had over 200 people stop by and engage with the Pop-Up Museum.


The primary organizer was the Milwaukee Public Museum, in partnership with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors.

Posted by Margaret James, Milwaukee Public Museum Educator

What was it about?

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) wants to expand our community reach by working outside of the museum’s walls, and by engaging the community in a way they haven’t been engaged with yet. Our main goal is to get members of the community involved in a different way. This was our second Pop-Up Museum. We chose a theme that fit with the event — a festival celebrating the multicultural residents in a Milwaukee neighborhood — hoping to get that particular community involved.

How did it go?

It was a great success! Many of the objects were familiar to the visitors, which sparked conversations about when they last used/saw one. There were also objects that were not familiar, which got a lot of people talking about what they were and who would use them. We also had a lot of great feedback on the idea of the Pop-Up, which will hopefully spawn more audience involvement in future Pop-Up Museums.