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“Art is special because it is like a fingerprint of each one of us, no one can make the same thing, so each piece of art is special because it is essentially you and me…” – Lelia, 7, Walker Square Park 


The year is an exciting one for all of us; we’re well off into our 20th year bringing visual arts experiences to the Milwaukee community, having served over 60,000 youth through our Truck Studio and Artist-in-Residence programs!


Summer 2018 Truck Studio Artists! Photo by Troy Freund Photography.

This summer for our Truck Studio program we’ve once again welcomed artist-interns from Milwaukee Public Schools through the MPS Partnership for Arts & Humanities. Every year, we’re so impressed and blown away by these young, inspiring minds!

Make sure you make a date to create with a Truck Studio team this summer! During the first two weeks of programs, artists have guided youth on several projects to encourage discovery of identity by making hats,  and building and imagining community through recycled soap box containers. There’s still four more weeks to create, make and take art home with you!

Our Artist-in-Residence program at Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch is in full-swing. Artist Erick “CK” Ledesma, has been working with teens at the library on art that reflects culture. A final installation for the library will be unveiled on July 13. In addition, Erick and the youth will begin a pop-up cultural exchange called iron board cafe, where they hope visitors will engage in art making, food sampling and more. More details about iron board cafe can be found on our events page!

Youth making empanada samples at the library.

Flyer for iron board cafe.