Interns learned about the media's depiction of youth identity and created art that debunks stereotypes through self-representation. Under the guidance of Lead Artist Kim Loper, interns explored a variety of media including printmaking, painting and collage. Through a partnership with United Way, interns created three large collaborative pieces that will be installed at United Way. The interns selected places in Milwaukee which had meaning to them to feature in these pieces, including Sherman Park School, COA-Goldin Center, a neighborhood gas station, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Interns had the opportunity to get feedback on their preliminary designs from a professional designer at United Way and gained real world experience in what it means to be a creative contractor.
Lead artists Dwight & Marquis Gilbert of H2O Milwaukee will teach skills in music and video production, recording and mixing, songwriting and performing, to create a music video about the negative impact of gun violence and how to prevent it. ArtWorks interns will learn about gun violence in Milwaukee and will share their knowledge through an original music video presented to the public. This program will be hosted at Neighborhood House.
Lead artist Reynaldo Hernandez taught skills in mural design and mural painting. ArtWorks interns created a large mural on a wall under the 35th Street Bridge, focusing on the history and culture of the neighborhood. Interns unveiled the mural by participating in a community event at the end of the summer, the Silver City International Food and Art Walk.
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.
Lead Artist: Kasia Drake-Hames
In partnership with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), ArtWorks for Milwaukee is pleased to welcome Phil Atilano as a new Lead Artist for our Summer 2013 mural program.
Phil has served as an Artist-in-Residence in schools and community centers as well as the Art Director/Lead Artist at Spolar Studio and the President of Atilano Incorporated. Phil is a MIAD graduate.
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.
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”.