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Emma Daisy’s a visual artist based in Milwaukee, WI. If you’ve been downtown recently, you may have seen some of her latest work. At 50 ft. high and in bright, bold florals wrapping the side of a large building, it’s hard to miss.


A point of neighborhood pride, “Westown in Bloom” brings art lovers in droves. They stop to take pictures, grab a coffee or a bite to eat at nearby cafes, shop at the many storefronts in the area and then take their experiences back home to be shared with friends and family – that’s the power of community art.


Daisy didn’t always think she’d be a large-scale muralist. But as with most journeys worth recounting, hers was a serendipitous path culminating in a meaningful career that many only dream of.


Growing up as an adopted kid in the Midwest, she was no stranger to the concept of “other-ness”: themes of diversity, inclusion and human connection are reflected in her work to this day.


“I always felt sort of in-between, and a lot of my work explores this in-between space. I think that’s not a unique experience for humans.”

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These early themes grew into a deeper interest in social justice, and after college Daisy worked as an arts facilitator, creative director and eventually co-executive director at a local youth arts nonprofit.


“This program was very much about celebrating the kids’ strengths, what they were good at and what they could do. It was about their potential.”


She watched as those kids bloomed with the support of mentors and peers, the powers of community and art coming together in such beautiful and often unexpected ways.


Daisy quickly realized that growth, revitalization and abundance can be nurtured in both people and places. And community art installations can do so much more than pretty up an otherwise forgotten wall space.


Drawing from her experience and education in sociology, fashion design, anthropology and community arts, Daisy is bringing joy and a sense of community to neighborhoods all around Milwaukee (and beyond!) – one installation at a time.

Emma Daisy’s helping people connect with large-scale works of art – opening dialogue, beautifying public spaces and building a sense of community in the process.

Emma Daisy’s helping people connect with large-scale works of art – opening dialogue, beautifying public spaces and building a sense of community in the process.