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 symbols of West Africa. The mural conveys the message that it’s important for members of a community to work together in order to make positive changes. A.W.E. Executive Director, Beth Haskovec, explains the importance of this project by noting, “As an artist and a community leader, Ammar Nsoroma shares African history with young people, and translates that rich history into public art which changes the neighborhood landscape.”
The project also works to make the neighborhood safer for bike traffic. “This mural project is a fantastic way to engage the youth who are taking our Bike Driver’s Ed course at the Hopkins Lloyd CLC in further community building projects relating to the things they learned,” said Jake Newborn, Wisconsin Bike Fed youth education program manager. “We want all Milwaukee residents to see biking as a fun, healthy, convenient and cheap way to get where they need to be or just enjoy a ride.”
Partners for this program include COA Youth & Family Centers, the Wisconsin Bike Federation, and Milwaukee Public Schools. This project was made possible with support from MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities.
Photo by Dave Schlabowske.