3/15/2018 – Schwanke-Kasten x FREESPACE

Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers announces partnership with FREESPACE

Milwaukee, WI (March 15, 2018) Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, a family-owned jewelry store based out of Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee since 1899, has just announced they will be supporting FREESPACE as their “arts” pillar of their new four-pillar philanthropy program. The four pillars are: Education, Arts, Community and Health – which Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers’ strongly believes that E.A.C.H. of us can make a difference by giving back and working together in our Milwaukee community. To Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, jewelry and jewelry design serves as communicative vessel for self-expression and artistry, which is why FREESPACE is such a great fit.

FREESPACE is a youth-driven community that hosts free, all-ages local music showcases at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts (JGCA) in Riverwest, founded by teacher Vincent Gaa and artists WebsterX and Kane. Every month, their team welcomes over 40 attendees and artists from around the city to enjoy dialog, self-expression and live music performances. The donation will go towards improving facilities for performances from Milwaukee artists, programming, and as always, to continue inspiring and developing the artistry, confidence and voice of Milwaukee teenagers.

In addition to a monetary contribution, Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers has added a link on their website to drive donations to FREESPACE and the Jazz Gallery/Riverwest Artist Association; and is available as a resource for teens who are interested in small business management, sales or jewelry design and repair. Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers is proud to be the organization’s first official donors and looks forward to seeing the donation enable FREESPACE to spearhead future fundraising, growth and successes.

ABOUT FREESPACE: FREESPACE is an organization originating from an education experiment with the community’s social activities organized and informed by DIY and cooperative cultures. FREESPACE hosts a monthly, all-ages free, music showcase that gives young, local musicians opportunities to perform alongside seasoned artists. FREESPACE offers artists and attendees chances to connect and freely engage in their culture, which leads to exploring and discussing complicated, abstract ideas, questions, comments and concerns about the human condition. FREESPACE, currently in its third year, is experiencing growth and transformation, the organization has so far presented over 22 showcases, 20+ arts- and music-related events, film screenings, discussion, community meetings, participation in festivals and more. FREESPACE has not yet attained its 501©3 status, however, the JGCA is its current home and has offered to accept donations on FREESPACE’s behalf.

ABOUT SCHWANKE-KASTEN JEWELERS: Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers has been family-owned and operated since 1899. As the fourth-generation owner, we are true to keeping the integrity of a traditional jewelry store by offering an onsite gemologist, goldsmith, watch-maker and engraver, as well as having a professionally trained sales team. With stores in Whitefish Bay & Downtown Milwaukee, Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers is able to provide you with excellence in service, style and selection.

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