Mikal Floyd-Pruitt is an artist whose practice is an interdisciplinary intersection of visual art, performance, media, and community engagement. He aims to produce artwork and experiences that have significant cultural impact. By designing artistic frameworks in which community members, including non-artists of all ages, can gather and contribute to making, Floyd-Pruitt envelops participants in positive, synergistic, creative energy. Music production is also interwoven into Floyd-Pruitt’s practice. He uses writing and performance to interrogate language, dismantling destructive narratives to make room for the vocabulary of self-definition and self-determination.
In 2007, after graduating from Harvard University, cum laude, with a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies (filmmaking focus), Floyd-Pruitt returned home to Milwaukee to ceaselessly produce throughout the city while also exhibiting/performing nationally. Notable exhibitions include Art Basel at Croma Gallery, 30 Americans/Wisconsin 30 at Milwaukee Art Museum, and the screening of El Color de la Libertad at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Creative placemaking positions include Co-Director of HEREcni and Lead Artist of Spot 4MKE. In addition, Floyd-Pruitt ran workshops for faculty and students during his performance residency at USC. Awards include the Joy Engine Community Challenge Grant, Milwaukee Arts Board New Work Fund, Arte Para Todos, and ARTery Season 1.
Floyd-Pruitt is a co-director of HomeWorks: Bronzeville, a development initiative based in Milwaukee that focuses on local creative entrepreneurial talent by way of property ownership and is the creator of I Am Milwaukee, a lifestyle brand promoting unity, creativity, and belonging.