Milwaukee Public Library Listening to Mitchell Project

Listening to Mitchell (LtM) was a placemaking exhibition that included photography and audio stories that spread a seven block radius of Historic Mitchell Street in Milwaukee, WI. Created and crafted by Sonja Thompson and Adam Carr, LtM explored the identity and cultures of a neighborhood “main street.” Working with a wide range of residents, community organizations and businesses, the artists created a visual campaign that mirrored the layers of advertising on the commercial corridor of Historic Mitchell street from 5th to 12th Street, and had a visual gallery in an empty storefront on the street, along with other connecting parts like a call-in number people could leave their own stories.

This Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) web and kiosk project gave LtM a new life online and in a permanent exhibition space in the library. The space included an explorable kiosk and some of the photographs in a custom-designed exhibition. It was also going to be on the MPL website.

The project was being digitized by the artists and Milwaukee Public Library into ContentDM, and Byte was advising on ContentDM and importing the materials from ContentDM, along with  designing and building the kiosk and website interfaces. Any changes needed to the data over time can be added to ContentDM, and the website and kiosk would read that information and update the interactives.