Let There Be Lights!

lighting-diffWe are excited to have new high-efficiency LED lighting for the art gallery in The UC! They were recently installed by Roman Electric Co. and have dramatically improved the quality of light in the Underground Collaborative.

The various colors, textures and styles in the art gallery really pop! The LED lighting looks great in part because it emits a wider light spectrum than the old power-hungry fluorescent lighting did. It’s now closer to the light spectrum the sun emits on a beautiful day!

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 26th for an Art Gallery show from 6-9pm and the closing weekend of The Lizard King in the Arcade Theatre!


Special thanks to Sue Berce, Allan Willis from Roman Electric, and Kiva Zip for helping us raise the funding!


Art Gallery Opening!

We are excited to announce that we have events to show off ourDSC_0222 beautiful new lighting; on September 19th and 26th come and check out the fantastic UC Art Gallery. Come and enjoy light hor d’oeuvres and check out some of the great work hanging on our freshly painted walls. There will be art on sale and plenty of good times to be had; we hope to see you there!

Creative Space for Rent!

DSC_0201The Underground Collaborative, a unique and creative resource center located in Downtown, Milwaukee, has a number of spaces available for rent!

Whether you need a place for a presentation or training session, a location to entertain your audience in The Arcade Theatre, or preparing for an upcoming show in one of our rehearsal spaces, The UC has plenty to offer groups of all sizes. Spaces are available for a few hours, stretching to weeks and even months at a time!SAM_0289 2


  • Meeting and Workshop Rooms – Great for 4-40 people and can be arranged to suit your needs during your visit. Each room is equipped with chairs, tables, cubes, coat racks, and storage lockers at no charge.
  • Arcade Theatre – An adaptable and resourceful stage for any type of performance, presentation or training session, The Arcade Theater comfortably seats 50-100 people and offers professional lighting, sound, and projection capabilities.
  • Additional Services –  Dry Erase boards and other meeting materials, beverages including bottled water and soda, and light snacks are available for a small fee.


Need space long term? No problem! improv-workshop-1

Currently, The UC has three rooms we are looking to rent monthly. The rooms range from 200 to over 450 square feet and all three are perfect for an office, art studio, photography or film studio, creative workspace and more. Seeking professionals who are looking to create or expand their business or arts group in a dynamic and fun place.

Come and see why the Underground Collaborative is perfect for you. Contact us at info@ucmke.com or call 414-939-4464 for more information or to schedule a tour.

The UC is Getting Brighter!

UC Gallery Artists

One of the great features of The Underground Collaborative is all the incredible art in the Gallery! With the help of Kiva Zip and Roman Electric, The UC is upgrading the lighting in all the common areas. This will not only make the space brighter, but the art on the walls will really pop!

The lighting upgrade at The UC will affect all the activities that take place on a daily basis.  Making all the rehearsals, dance classes, business meetings and live performances brighter and better!Kiva Zip
Kiva Zip is an organization that focuses on Micro-Loans for small businesses, which means you can invest as little as $5 to support our project along with other members of the community.  It’s easy and every little bit helps us reach our goal. Thanks for your support!

Here is the step by step:

1) Click the following link: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/13987/i/8wkx
(2) Select the amount you would like to lend in the panel on the right-hand side
(3) Click the orange “Lend Now” button
(4) Click the white “Register” button
(5) Enter your full name, email and desired password in the appropriate boxes. Check that you have read the Kiva Terms of Use
(6) Click the orange “Register” button
(7) You should be redirected back to your checkout basket. Confirm the amount and click “Checkout”
(8) Choose to “Pay with your PayPal account” or “Pay with a debit or credit card”
(9) Fill out your payment information and click the orange “Pay” at the bottom of the page


Check out UC gallery curator Sue talk about our need for new lighting in the gallery.

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Introducing The Underground Collaborative!

Milwaukee Creatives Energize Grand Ave.

Arts groups collaborate to lease space in Shops of Grand Avenue

Three creative and established arts groups: Milwaukee Comedy, Inc., home to the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, along with Pink Banana Theatre Co., providing new opportunities in theatre, and Studio Kristelle an open artist studio, officially announce a new office/rehearsal/studio space in the Shops of Grand Avenue as part of the Creativity Works Here program. The new space, dubbed The Underground Collaborative (The UC for short) aims to help the arts and other like-minded businesses in the Greater Milwaukee area.


Approximately 10,000 square feet on the lower level of the Plankington building will host the three creative ventures. Each organization will operate independently of one another, but will share spaces and resources including marketing, box office services, etc. “Working together just made sense, economically and creatively.” Said Matt Kemple, founder of Milwaukee Comedy Inc., and Artistic Producer of Pink Banana Theatre Co. “Each company has different strengths that can be utilized in unique ways.”

The three companies will each offer different workshops, space rental and artistic undertakings along with administrative offices. Milwaukee Comedy and Pink Banana Theatre will both offer rehearsal space and small performances. Studio Kristelle will focus on music, dance, writing and art and allow the public the opportunity to stop in and visit her studio and observe art in progress.

Businesses including Art Milwaukee and Spreenkler Talent Labs currently occupy spaces in the Grand Avenue through the Creativity Works Here program, an effort to attract artists, creative companies and entrepreneurs The model was developed by management firm Jones Lang LaSalle, at a mall



Milwaukee Comedy, Inc., founded in 2008 as the parent organization of the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, provides educational advancement, resources, performance opportunities and public entertainment in order to strengthen the community through laughter and positive forms of expression. Operations have expanded in 2012 to sponsor and produce local comedy events, offer comedy-related workshops and enhance its promotion of the local comedy community. www.MilwaukeeComedy.com

Pink Banana Theatre Co., founded in 2004, was created to provide professional opportunities to emerging artists. The company offers a refreshing alternative to the more traditional shows often seen in the Milwaukee theatre world. www.pinkbananatheatre.com

Studio Kristelle began in 1990 as a small graphics arts business designing logos for Native American entrepreneurs. Today, Studio Kristelle aims to provide an accessible multi-creative environment for Artists who need a place to share their creative talents with the community and a place for the community to enjoy exploring their creative self with passionate Artists. www.studiokristelle.me