Spread The Love: 
A Broader Guide (with links!) to GTTF's Participating Groups, Organizers, Writers, Artists, Performers, Workshop Leaders, and Assorted Hooligans...

A Broader Vocabulary Cooperative:

The Cathy Santonies:
The Cathy Santonies are a subversive mix of riot grrrl & cock rock…now, don’t you wanna hear what that sounds like?
Mojo Santoni bangs out solid, catchy riffs and mindblowing solos in a way that will make you want to run home to mommy. She is joined on guitar by the illustrious Jane Danger, who will hypnotize you with steady rhythms and intricate lead lines. You could try if you wanted, but the band’s message of girl rock revolution is impossible to ignore because of Radio Santoni’s powerful and unique voice. Chippy’s solid, energetic drumming keeps everyone dancing their asses off. Yeah!
The Cathy Santonies–rock n roll is NOT dead.
Cream City Collectives:
The CCC is a social center that houses a number of collectives including the Screen Printing Collective, the Mathilda Anneke Infoshop, and the Gallery.  The CCC are a bunch of people who can’t wait – not for politicians, not for “the economy,” and especially not for technological developments to provide for our needs.  The members of the CCC are united in the belief that we are all we need to keep us happy and healthy.

Cream City Foundation:
Cream City Foundation was founded in 1982 and is celebrating over 27 years of giving to LGBT communities.  Cream City Foundation is a community based foundation focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) programs and organizations working towards social change in southeastern Wisconsin. Girls to the Front fest is proud to count the Cream City Foundation as one of our financial sponsors for this event. 

Melissa Czarnik:
Melissa Czarnik (Zar-nik) is one of the most soulful and articulate emcees to emerge in recent years. After receiving critical acclaim for her debut album Strawberry Cadillac (2008), she recently released her sophomore album Raspberry Jesus (2010) on Hyperdrive Motivator Productions out of Milwaukee. The new album is further evidence that Melissa has grown into a versatile songwriter with an impeccable flow, her voice is exacting and heartfelt. Backed by the five-piece Eric Mire Band, her live show absorbs audiences with a fruitful blend of hip hop, jazz & soul. Mixing her interests in poetry and Hip Hop, Czarnik's lyrics exemplify artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Ani Difranco. 

Makeal Flammini:

Laura Gorzek:
Milwaukee artist Laura Gorzek welcomes any new creative challenge and pride myself on thinking outside the box. Working mainly as a photographer, digital artist, and craftsperson, Gorzek draws influence from everyday life and combine disciplines to bring art and craft to the everyday person.


Jackpot Gallery:

Tea Krulos:

Lyra Vega:

Sarah Marcus:
Sarah Marcus is the author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution.  She grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where she attended Riot Grrrl meetings, wrote a zine, and joined her first punk rock band. Since then, she has written about music and politics for numerous publications.  She has taught at girls’ rock camps in Portland and New York.  She continues to play drums and keyboards in a long string of relatively short-lived bands, and  to instigate communal, de-skilled music making whenever possible.

Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society: Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is a group of students and youth who actively fight oppression. Nationally, SDS is the largest anti-war and education rights youth organization. We believe youth have an important role to play in building a better society where all people have a right to food, clothes, shelter, healthcare, education, and a clean environment. We fight economic injustice, racism, sexism, and LGBTQ oppression. We believe the only way to achieve this society is by building a grassroots movement based on consensus, equality, and participation.

The Ovens:
Pedal Pushers Society:
The Pedal Pusher Society is Milwaukee’s premier women and transgender bike gang. Their mission: to create a supportive, independent and empowering bike culture in Milwaukee while simultaneously having an awesome time.

Pink House Studio:
The women of Pink House Studio believe in movement for the body and spirit, because one of the best ways to feel good is to take care of your body and one of the best ways to take care of your body is to feel good!  Conveniently located in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, the Pink House Studio is the place to take care of yourself and to enjoy your community.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin:
The mission of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. is to empower all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health.  From its genesis in 1935, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been a leader in providing reproductive health care, birth control, education, and the advocacy to help empower women.

Project M:
Project M is Milwaukee’s home of emerging fashion designers. Project M carries women’s and men’s clothing and accessories handmade from a variety of Milwaukee and Midwest designers. Located in the Riverwest neighborhood, Project M is always taking in new designers. Project M strive to develop long-term relationships with their designers in hopes of helping strengthen their independent fashion careers.

QZAP- The Queer Zine Archive Project:  
The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a "living history" archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading "queer."  The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. QZAP provides access to the historical canon of queer zines in order to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.

Riverwest Co-op and Co-op Cafe:
The Riverwest Co-­op opened its doors to the public in November of 2001 and has been providing the community with nutritious, wholesome food ever since.  It is located at 733 East Clarke Street, in the heart of the Riverwest community.

Riverwest Film & Video:


Lauryl Sulfate: Lauryl Sulfate is a feminist artist, organizer, writer, zine-maker, crafter, performer, and voluptuary who currently makes her home in Milwaukee, WI. Ms. Sulfate currently divides her time between music making, writing, and raising her two charming, superfluously named boychildren in a feminist environment. Her blog can be found at:


Chef Felisha Wild:
When you say food – Felisha says education. Felisha loves to play with her food and loves to get others playing with theirs as well. Corporate and community health and wellness workshops, classes and gatherings are just a few places where you’ll see her. Felisha’s specialty and passion is raw vegan cuisine but she has worked in restaurants making Asian, vegetarian,vegan and everything else in between.

WMSE 91.7:
91.7 WMSE-FM is a non-profit, listener-supported radio service educationally licensed to the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  WMSE's on-air staff is made up of dedicated community volunteers who specialize in the genre that is featured on their respective programs. WMSE broadcasts from the downtown campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  WMSE Radio 91.7 FM has been the premier source for diverse music programming in Southeastern Wisconsin for over 25 years.