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Herman Milligan and Connie Osterbaan-Milligan Have Been Walker Members Since 1975

How did you become involved with the Walker?

We began attending exhibitions in the 1970s. In the ’90s, Herman became more deeply involved when he, as Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights chair, helped the Walker improve Minneapolis Sculpture Garden accessibility. That led to him joining the Walker’s Community Advisory Committee, which worked to create programs to increase diversity and foster relationships with local arts organizations. Many of the concepts the group introduced are well-known throughout the United States today—After Hours, Free First Saturday, etc.

What’s your favorite Walker memory?

Herman: Attending a Cecil Taylor concert, since I played saxophone in his Black Music Ensemble in college. A close second: launching the first After Hours and seeing hundreds of people having fun being exposed to contemporary art.

Connie: The Walker will always have a special place in my heart, since I grew up in a city without major art museums. It was on a visit here that I first saw original work by contemporary artists, which sparked my lifelong interest in art.

What are you into now?

Herman: Since retiring as a Wells Fargo VP, I mentor organizations and individuals who seek my advice, and I serve on arts-related boards. I also attend cultural events, visit artist’s studios, and keep an eye out for new artists, concepts, and trends.

Connie: I’ve always been an avid reader and runner. This past year as a retiree, I’ve taken classes on meditation, film, and writing. Together, we collect art, go to movies, garden, and have meals with friends. We’re good at throwing parties!

Herman Milligan and Connie Osterbaan-Milligan

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