An honor for AWE Alumni Artist Isabel Castro

Congratulations to AWE Alumni assistant artist Isabel Castro. As a high school student attending Escuela Verde, Isabel was introduced to AWE’s artist-in-residence program. She and several of her classmates, community partners worked on a mural about immigration, and migration stories for the Silver City neighborhood and the Health Equity Mural in the Clarke Square neighborhood that stresses the importance of oral hygiene to eliminate the risk of diabetes in Latinx populations.  About her experience with AWE, Castro shared, “Through AWE, I have grown as a young community artists. Not many youth have the opportunity to work on murals within their community and feel empowered by their actions within art.”

Photo by: Jessica Luebbering. Isabel Castro, Chavez Drive’s Artist in Residence for Fall 2018, in front of the recently installed “¡Si Se Puede!” mural on the SE corner of Chavez and Mineral. Chavez Drive’s 2017 Artist in Residence, Erick Ledesma led the creation of the “¡Si Se Puede!” mural as part of his residency.

Since being in high school, Isabel has worked to grow her community artist resume. She’s currently entering her second year as student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has been involved in several community paint days, artists lecture series, and gallery openings for other Latinx artists in Milwaukee.

Students from Escuela Verde pose in front of the “Our Stories” mural. The mural reads “Our Stories Share the Same Roots.”

According to the media release from Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, Castro shared her plans about her residency. “Not just painting, different activities. We’re going to be working with different art mediums for sure, and that’s where people can have the opportunity to get their feet wet on certain things and what they would like. From there, we can start brainstorming what we’d want to do together as one big art piece. It’s baby steps to a big picture.”

The Chavez Drive Artist in Residence is part of the Farm Project, an effort to cultivate Cesar E. Chavez Drive as a destination for economic and cultural experience and commerce.