Interns will research histories of Wisconsin’s Latino immigrant workers and the 50-year history of UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services) through individual interviews and an oral history project. The depiction of these histories will culminate in a large-scale mural on 1st and Mitchell on side of the Butters-Fetting Building. Interns will conduct oral history interviews, learn about translating words into images, brainstorm design ideas, and paint the mural’s final design. Interns will work with students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering as well as an advisory board of community leaders, engaging in the history of UMOS and “culture work”—people who are making careers in art, media, history, and other cultural fields.
Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.