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Racine & Me October 1, 2017: Racine-Kenosha Heart & Stroke Walk, Special Olympics Bowl-a-Thon, and the Vital Art Project

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Jacob Kittilstad welcomed viewers into October with this packed episode of Racine & Me. It started with a visit from American Heart Association Wisconsin to talk about their upcoming Racine-Kenosha Heart & Stroke Walk. The money will help fund the goals of the American Heart Association which includes reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk. The father of Abigail Margaret Burnett also shared the story of his daughter’s health complications – although the young girl from Pleasant Prairie is doing better now, early in life she had severe issues with aneurysms in her circulatory system including one on her aortic arch. Learn more about the event and the families affected by these health concerns by clicking here

Next, Towne & Country Lanes in Burlington shared information about their 3rd annual Western Racine County Special Olympics 9-Pin Bowl-a-Thon. The event will team entrants with Special Olympics athletes and raise money for their programming. Jacob also met a long-time participant who explained his approach to the game – and introduced the audience to his bowling ball named “Max”. Click here for more information on the Bowl-a-Thon

Uptown and Washington Avenue in Racine will be temporary home to quite a few pop-up art galleries during the next few weeks. The Racine Revitalization Partnership will use empty buildings in the area for RevitalizeRacine >The Vital Art Project. Organizers describe Uptown Racine as a place that offers a change of paradigm. It has no iconic galleries. Instead it has raw, underused storefronts located along a nomadic strip of Washington Ave/Route 20. In response to surroundings and theme, the artists reveal characteristic sensitivity to both sustainable and ephemeral materials.  Galleries will be at 1339 Washington Avenue, 1415 Washington Avenue, and 1504-1510 Washington Avenue. Click here for more information


Two artists participating in RevitalizeRacine >The Vital Art Project also joined Jacob in-studio to talk about why they got involved (and to show off their process).  They represent the Center for Collaborative Research and talked about their home-made paper and printing process. Click here to learn more about the artists

Guests:  Stacy Amstadt – American Heart Association Wisconsin Communications Direction, Ed Burnett – Father of Abigail Burnett, Theresa Riemer – Towne & Country Lanes General Manager, Brittany Neukirchen – Special Olympics Wisconsin Director of Development, Jared Whitworth – Bowler and Special Olympics Athlete, Mimi Peterson – “RevitalizeRacine> The Vital Art Project” Curator, Ed Miller – Racine Revitalization Partnership Executive Director, Marilynn Propp – Center for Collaborative Research, David Jones – Center for Collaborative Research

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