Thanks to the support of Safe and Sound, our fall Interns worked as a team to design and produce a collaborative mural. The mural featured painted images and body tracings along with positive, non-violent messages hidden in the artwork. Under the direction of Lead Artist, Natalie Akins, Interns were expected to effectively work together, meet tight deadlines and be able to present themselves in a professional manner during the eight week program.
With the support of Safe & Sound, Interns collaborated on designing and producing a community-based, anti-violence art installations using a variety of mediums; including drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking. The team created several pieces that they believed illustrated important and relevant themes affecting Milwaukee teens. Among these themes was a focus on the importance of education, the threat of gun violence, and the challenges of "aging out" of the foster care system.
Thanks to the generous support of the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, ArtWorks for Milwaukee's summer program introduced eight Intern Artists to the world of printmaking. Each Intern designed individual and collaborative pieces using both block printing and silk screening processes. The Interns were asked to create images that reflect how they see themselves making their mark on our community and their own neighborhood.
An Intern's Safe Messages project is on display.
Thanks to the support of MPS Partnership for the Arts and Safe & Sound, ArtWorks partnered with The Art Institute of Wisconsin in spring 2012 to offer a graphic design program to underserved high school Interns.
Under the direction and planning of the Lead Artist, Interns:
1. Learned about crime and violence issues that face the 53204 neighborhood (where ArtWorks is physically located) through internet research, advice solicited from a community leader in their neighborhood, and personal experience sharing, all organized by the Lead Artist.
Thanks to MPS Partnership for the Arts, ArtWorks for Milwaukee ran its signature program called the “Positive Influence Project.” This program brings together a local youth and someone in their community who is a positive influence.
Each Intern was asked to identify a person of positive influence that lives in his or her neighborhood. They approached this person and asked them to be the subject of a mixed-media portrait.