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Recreation, Entertainment, and Culture Calculator

Our new interactive website, developed in partnership with Marquette University Law School, encourages citizens to consider the needs of the region's cultural, recreational, and entertainment assets, and then decide whether and how to pay for them. The site, which can be accessed at, is designed to promote continued public discussion about our quality-of-life assets and to educate the public about the intricacies of local government finance.

Here's how it works:

  • First, scroll through a menu of funding alternatives to learn more about specific needs and propose a level of funding for each alternative.
  • Next, there is a menu of revenue options to pay for the proposed funding plan.  As in the previous step, information is provided about the revenue streams for users to choose from a range options.
  • Finally, the funding package is complete and a new screen lays out a summary of the plan.  The plan can be shared with others through Facebook, Twitter, and email (use #RECulator).  Funding packages are not tracked or stored.

The information used in the site is based on the Forum’s “Pulling Back the Curtain”, "The Show Must Go On?" and "Open Spaces, Cultural Places" reports, as well as the deliberations of the MMAC's Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force.  

Go to the Recreation, Entertainment, and Culture Calculator


Media Coverage

Simulator helps you be Milwaukee's cultural czar
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel