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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