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Provides access to meaningful, visual art activities for youth through the activation of public spaces

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Youth-driven, collaborative public art projects that align with neighborhood development efforts

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Support our mission through donations, volunteerism, or by joining our team of talented artists

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AWE Mission & Impact

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.

Yearly Impact

6260 Youth Served
94 Program Sites
65 Volunteers
1242 Program Hours
49 Artists Employed

Latest News

A rising freshmen at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Elijah Ashley-Youngblood, stoically walked up to the podium at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 31, and placed a candle on it. He was surrounded by his peers from Our Next Generation, Mayor Barrett, Senator LaTonya Johnson, District Attorney John Chisholm, and a host of community partners including Artists Working in Education, Near West Side Partners, and Fresh Perspective Artists Collective. He adjusted the microphone to fit his stature, and began to … read more

We are honored to be part of collaborative projects that have won a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant for the second year in a row! We look forward to creating with our friends at Milwaukee Public Library and numerous other partners over the next two years!   From the NEA’s awardee listing:   City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (aka Milwaukee Public Library) $150,000 Milwaukee, WI Our Town – Design To support Gathering Art, Stories and Place at … read more

The City of Milwaukee’s MKE Plays Initiative, and AWE are partnering to help design creative new play spaces for Milwaukee youth through an innovative playground redevelopment program. Last year, the MKE Plays program received a prestigious “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. AWE has been partnering on the project to gain community input, and work with neighborhood youth to create public artwork for four out of the twelve playgrounds the City is redeveloping. You can read … read more