ArtWorks for Milwaukee help high school students overcome barriers to success. We provide arts-based internships for our students to develop key life and career skills, but we have always had far more students interested than internships available.
For the dozens of students we are able to hire, hundreds more teens are turned away due to ArtWorks’ lack of capacity to serve more of these deserving youth.
This is why we are expanding our programs to provide increased opportunities for Milwaukee's teens.
With program expansions in 2013 and 2014, ArtWorks is at an exciting point in its history, hiring more teens than ever before. We are fortunate to be in this position thanks to the support of so many members of our community, including individuals like you. Today, I’m asking you to join me in making a donation to ArtWorks during this critical growth period.
Isaiah was struggling in school and had been in trouble with the police before being hired for an ArtWorks internship. Yet he was so committed to turning things around that he took two buses to get to his ArtWorks internship program, arriving early to every session. Because of his dedication and exemplary attitude, we hired Isaiah back to be a Lead Artist Assistant, a new position we created to engage selected interns for additional development beyond their initial eight-week arts internships with us. Isaiah is now on his way to graduating from high school and plans to join the military.
Isaiah said this of his experience at ArtWorks: “Working for ArtWorks allowed me to harness a lot of skills that I did not think I had. For example, my ability to speak in public increased greatly. As a Lead Artist Assistant, I was pushed to be a leader and make leadership decisions, making me a more critical thinker."
Over the last year, we began expanding our model to include Lead Artist Assistants like Isaiah. But we are not stopping there. Help us grow to serve more of the 450 Milwaukee teens who apply for 48 ArtWorks internship positions each year.
Imagine the impact on these youth if we could accept them all! And imagine the positive impact on our community.
Please visit http://www.artworksformilwaukee.org/make-a-donation to learn more about how donors like you have helped transform the lives of over 500 teens in more than 80 internships since 2001.
Can we count on you to make a difference in the lives of even more local teens by giving today?