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A.W.E. Mission & Impact
A.W.E.’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.
Neu-Life Community Development teens began working in January of this year to create a public art project. They talked about different issues they saw in the community and decided to do their project on the topic of joyriding in stolen vehicles. Car theft committed by youth has been on the rise in Milwaukee, often resulting in fatalities. The teens chose artists Ammar Nsoroma and Dario Allen to help realize their creative vision. Together, they learned more about the topic through … read more
Last year, Artists Working in Education (AWE) partnered with several community agencies to host a special project with mural artist Ammar Nsoroma. Nsoroma and the AWE Artist Team worked with neighborhood children and students enrolled in the Hopkins-Lloyd Community Learning Center (CLC), 1503 W. Hopkins St., to paint a street mural on the intersection of N. 15th St. and W. Hadley St. Approximately twenty 5th-8th grade students were a part of the mural planning. The mural is composed of Adinkra … read more
Tom Haslett Bio: Tom was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but grew up in Milwaukee. He went through MPS for grade school and then studied illustration at MIAD. Tom currently teaches art at Rufus King Elementary School. He has been with A.W.E. on and off for the past ten years. When asked “What do you love most about teaching in Truck Studio?,” Tom replied, “I love that all the things that inhibit the fun of creating art are removed. There’s no … read more
The Hayes Bilingual Boys & Girls Club and artists, Anja Sieger and Terry Spears joined together to create a mural on the 1000 Cesar Chavez Dr. Their goal is to put up a mural in their Clarke Square neighborhood “that makes people smile and feel good when they see it.” They hope the mural will enhance the overall quality of life in the neighborhood as well as the slow the traffic speed along the street. Their design concept is to make … read more
The Milwaukee Diabetes and Oral Health Art Gallery, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, neighborhood youth, including interns from Journey House and youth from La Luz Del Mundo/Light of the World Church joined with A.W.E. artists, John Kowalczyk and Isabel Castro to create a public mural. The Milwaukee Diabetes and Oral Health Art Gallery was implemented in November of 2016 by Dr. Dina Garcia and her sister, Marcela Garcia, to raise awareness of the oral health disparities affecting individuals with diabetes in … read more
A queen, the royal and powerful Wipes out anything in her path The lives, the buildings, and Shattering objects An appointed strong natural force formed that is fatal The dignity and specialty of a queen set herself from other forces -MaiChue Yang, a student participant “Check Mates” is a temporary public art installation created by Hmong American Friendship Association teens, and artists Kima Hamilton and Carmen Quinlivan. Over several months, the group designed this installation to bring Washington Park neighbors together through art and … read more
My hijab is identity. My hijab is my freedom. My hijab does not make me superior to other women. My hijab is my right. My hijab is my choice. My hijab is not oppression. My hijab is my personality. My hijab is my life. My hijab is my crown. My hijab keeps me safe. My hijab protects me. My hijab is a way of life. – Poetry from Samira, a student participant Through the High School Connection Program, teens … read more
Follow the Truck to find out when A.W.E. artists will be in a park near you this summer- for FREE! Projects are inspired by books and a daily theme. This is a great opportunity to be creative, try new techniques and have fun expressing your artistic point of view. While projects are designed for youth ages 4-14, all are welcome to come and make art with A.W.E.’s talented team of artists and art educators. Programs run weekdays from 12-3pm at various … read more
MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant Funding to be used to incorporate art into program’s playground reconstruction projects The MKE Plays program has received a prestigious “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, said Alderman Michael J. Murphy, who helped launch MKE Plays last year. The $50,000 NEA grant will be matched by MKE Plays funding for a total project value of $100,000. Alderman Murphy said community partner Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) will be facilitating arts … read more
Welcome to A.W.E.’s new website! We are excited to have this bright, shiny tool to share news, events, and programming with you. Sending a huge thank you to the creative team at Ocupop for their beautiful work.