During this graphic design program, interns translated what they learn about crime and violence in their neighborhoods into messages about prevention and intervention. Interns worked with various mediums, such as acrylic and water paints, oil pastels, markers, and more. Choosing one or more of these mediums, the interns created crime intervention posters that will be displayed at locations that serve youth.
Interns explored aspects of healthy relationships through creative writing and design. Guided by the lead artist, interns expanded their knowledge of healthy relationships, incorporating what they learn into the written work and drawstring backpack designs. Each backpack will feature a word or phrase relating to healthy relationships, and will also include a small book of creative writings on this topic by the interns.
Interns will create a collaborative art piece, celebrating the efforts and success of community members working towards a safe and sound city, one household at a time. Interns will take on the role of collaborative community artists, using social media, blogs, and other outreach methods to seek participation from residents. Together, interns will use printmaking, mixed media and transfer processes to illustrate the vibrancy of communities working together for a brighter future. Celebrating Communities that Care is hosted on the campus of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and started June 17th.
During this eight week program, ArtWorks’ interns had the privilege of working behind the scenes at the Milwaukee County Zoo. During the program, they learned about the animal kingdom as they created new designs for the “Remains to be Seen” carts. The carts contain hides, bone and other artifacts from endangered and other precious animals. These carts are used by the zoo to give their visitors a hands-on educational experience.
Interns found their visual voice through this collaborative mural. The mural’s subject evolved as the Lead Artist led the Interns through a process of self-exploration and the sharing of personal stories to discover themes that occur in their lives. The resulting mural is a reflection of their shared pain and hopes and was subsequently entitled “Fears & Dreams”.