Northwestern Mutual’s first-of-its-kind art exhibit, Giving Gallery: Community in Process

When it came time to celebrate the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the company decided to honor the milestone a little differently – with a first-of-its-kind art exhibit inside its new Tower and Commons.

Comprised of 26 pieces, Giving Gallery: Community in Process is open to the public at no cost. Each piece was created by an artist with Wisconsin ties and dedicated to a nonprofit the Foundation has worked with closely in the past 25 years. Since 1992, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has given more than $320 million to community nonprofits, $87 million of which has been received by the nonprofit partners highlighted in the gallery.

A diverse display, the exhibit includes an 8-foot pigeon in tribute to the Milwaukee Public Museum, a sculpted dragonfly paying homage to the American Red Cross and a serigraph print for Milwaukee Succeeds. A digital slideshow shines a light on the work that Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Beads of Courage and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has put into the fight against childhood cancer, one of the most underfunded areas of cancer research.

The gallery aims to inspire more volunteer efforts and encourages the public to work with the nonprofits represented or to participate in causes that matter most to them. By giving guests a personalized look at each of the organizations, the exhibit provides visitors with an avenue to get involved and donate.

“At its core, this exhibit is a testament to the lives that have been changed through our Foundation’s partnership with truly remarkable nonprofits,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “The dedication of these organizations has improved the quality of life for thousands of people in our community; we want everyone to experience the power of this collective impact and have the opportunity to join us moving forward.”