How our Programs Work
ArtWorks for Milwaukee hires and pays an hourly wage to a group of teenage Interns for each of its programs. They work with a local Lead Artists to create community-based art projects. This collaboration uses an art project, complete with a budget, deadlines, and performance reviews, to teach its teen Interns valuable job and life skills.
Teens who participate in ArtWorks programs build a genuine work ethic, are provided mentor relationships and develop the identified skills necessary to succeed no matter what career direction they choose to pursue.
What makes ArtWorks Different?
Who can be an ArtWorks' Intern?
ArtWorks exclusively targets Milwaukee County teens that already face barriers to employment:
Why the Arts?
ArtWorks for Milwaukee is developing Milwaukee teens in non-traditional ways. Our organization uses the Arts to teach local teens highly transferable life and career skills. We have found the Arts to be a powerful, creative tool to engage youth, who might otherwise be difficult to reach.
The Arts provide opportunities for the wide variety of youth we serve to be successful, no matter their learning style, disability status or level of artistic ability. Our Interns do not need prior artistic training to participate in our programs. They learn that they can become valuable contributors to their teams and that they can accomplish more than they ever thought possible by following the step-by-step guidance provided by their Lead Artist.
Young people enjoy performing the creative work that their internships require, and as a result they are more engaged in the employ-ability training experiences we provide. Our programs ask the Interns to explore who they are, where they come from and what they believe in as they create their original pieces of artwork.
Learning and Innovation Skills
Creativity & Innovation
Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving
Communication & Collaboration
Life and Career Skills
Initiative & Self-Direction
Social & Cross-Cultural Engagement
Productivity & Accountability
Fundamental Job Skills
Attendance & Timeliness