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Youth-driven, collaborative public art projects that align with neighborhood development effortsLearn More
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AWE Mission & Impact
AWE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. AWE’s mission is to provide youth in Milwaukee with arts enrichment programs that advance learning, enhance human potential, and cultivate community. Our programs weave arts and culture into the community development process to spark imagination, create social connections, and develop creative community design solutions that reflect the values and concerns of the neighborhoods where we work.
Can bridging technology, public art, and basketball bring neighbors together? The students at Shalom High School believe it can… Last month, I visited AIR programming at Shalom High School to see their Community Courtship project in action- it was one of their first meetings. Students and artists Wes Tank and David Najib Kasir are working together to design and paint a basketball court in their neighborhood. Students hope that this project will bring members of their neighborhood and school … read more
Exploring Identity and Spaces with Erick Ledesma: Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch Residency Lead Artist We’re pleased to announce that artist Erick Ledesma will be leading the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell St. Branch public art residency this year! This project will bring together artists, local youth, and community members to explore individual and collective identities within the Historic Mitchell St. neighborhood. About the project: This residency is a collaborative effort between AWE and the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street … read more
We’re excited to welcome this exciting group of passionate and community-driven people to AWE’s board this year. Learn more about AWE’s 2018 board: Adam Carr is an independent based in Milwaukee, WI, who works at the intersection of community and communication. Carr is currently Co-Chair for the Coordinating Committee of March On Milwaukee 50th, which is planning 200 Nights of Freedom to commemorate Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches. In 2016, he authored the children’s book Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, … read more