History of ArtWorks for Milwaukee
ArtWorks for Milwaukee was founded in April of 2001 by Dr. Laura Owens, a tenured professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She founded Creative Employment Opportunities (CEO), an employment agency assisting individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment.
Dr. Owens’ exemplary record in the job training and exceptional education disciplines led to a consulting relationship with Gallery 37, an Intern and job training program located in Chicago, Illinois. The Illinois non-profit Intern program, based in the arts, serves more than 4,000 Interns annually and is the model that Dr. Owens used to establish ArtWorks for Milwaukee.
A team of capable artists, educators and business leaders was gathered to advise Dr. Owens on the start-up of ArtWorks. The team included:
Dr. Owens was the President of ArtWorks’ Board of Directors until 2008. Since her resignation, she continues to be involved with ArtWorks for Milwaukee.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee celebrated its tenth birthday by having an 10th Anniversary Appreciation event in June 2011.