On Friday June 26th we’re excited to return with speaker Karin Wolf who will be speaking on “Revolution.” Karin will be weaving together her personal experiences and history as she speaks on the necessity of cycles, momentous revolutions, and the horrors and blessings of it all.

Below we asked a few questions to get to better know Karin.


What do you typically eat for breakfast?

My husband brings me tea in bed and then makes - a chef’s choice scramble with whatever veggies we have in the house, cheese, and fresh eggs from the seven chickens we share with our neighbors. He is so sweet. He always overcooks the eggs and hands me breakfast saying, “The eggs are under-cooked because I know my baby hates them overdone.”

What do people know you for?

Unraveling red tape, jumping hoops, connecting dots, and a few other things I’d rather not perpetuate by retelling here.

How is Milwaukee special to you?

Besides lakes, people, food, beautiful re-purposed industrial spaces, and the art, Milwaukee is like my beloved fairy god-mentor. I moved to Milwaukee to work in Community Outreach at MIAD, but I also had the opportunity to teach freshman composition, write about art, help make public art happen, increase access to arts education in the public schools, and watch lots of great films. Each time I had a thought about what else I wanted to do with my career, a door would open and a really hardworking, down-to-earth professional would be on the other side welcoming me in, and then they would teach me everything I needed to know about doing that thing that I wanted to learn to do. In my experience, and I like to pretend that it is like this for everyone in Milwaukee, other cities position discouraging, competitive gatekeepers who enjoy finding ways to “no,” Milwaukee places kind, professional, greeters who like to make things happen. I love Milwaukee.

What may people not know about you?

Due to my big blabber mouth and sometimes unconventional life path, there isn’t a hell of a lot that people who have met me do not know about me. Often, they wish there was. But, because the majority of people have not experienced the shock of meeting me, I would say that they probably don’t know much about my religion, which I prefer to keep to myself, lest others start to corrupt it..

What drives your creativity?

Sadly, I’m more imaginative than creative. But what drives my creativity is definitely part nature and part nurture. My father gave me his eccentricities and tenacity. My maternal grandmother gave me her resourcefulness. My mother gave me my love for the arts and curiosity and excessive worry. I am far better at manifesting epistles and experiences than objects and spaces.. Perhaps that is why I am so devoted to artists and architects and the work that they do.

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

I have not yet crystallized everything I’m going to talk about because I’m still in the thick of thinking about it, but it is coming to me enough to offer this teaser. It will have to do with revolution and cycles, momentous changes in a situation, the sometimes necessary transition from one system to the next, and the horrors and the blessings of it all. ​