Tina Schinabeck is a registrar and archivist working with The Chipstone Foundation and Wisconsin Historical Society. Tina is the co-founder and gallery manager of The Alice Wilds, a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.
Is there something you’ve stopped doing/caring about in this time?
"I am not sure if this is because of the pandemic or just because I am in my 40’s, but I feel that I have stopped worrying so much about what other people think of how I look, how I dress, how I feel, or what I am doing. Is it because I don’t see that many people anymore? Perhaps! Nevertheless, everyone should be able to express themselves in any way that makes them feel joy about who they are both in this time and moving forward. Don't wait as long as I did to accept yourself!"
What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? "A slew of questions that need immediate answering: What time is it? 3am or 6am? Where are my sweatpants? On the chair? In the bathroom? I need my sweatpants to let the dog out. Where is Huxley’s collar? She couldn't possibly go outside naked! Then, do I have coffee?"
What’s your favorite thing about (or place in) Milwaukee?"I find the city to be quite walkable and truly enjoy the proximity to all of the state parks and nature trails that are within an hour or two drive of MKE. Pre-Covid, my most-cherished weekend morning walk included picking up my friend, walking along the Oak Leaf Trail to Cudahy and then heading back for a diner breakfast on our way home. Lately, I have been walking through the city finding sets of stairs to run up and down, going along the Hank Aaron Trail to Miller Park, and looping around the 6th Street bridge and the Harley Davidson Museum grounds to observe the changing colors of the landscape."
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