WHAT IS THE TRUCK STUDIO?
Have you seen A.W.E.'s brightly painted mini-vans driving around your neighborhood and stopping in the parks near you? The A.W.E. Truck Studio Fleet of Imagination consists of four donated mini-vans stocked with exciting art supplies and staffed by enthusiastic professional artists and assistants. The Truck Studio is a FREE program operating Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. for six weeks every summer! The artists guide children through fun and engaging experiences designed to stimulate the imagination while exploring art media like painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and more! Along the way they learn about famous artists, cultural art traditions, elements of art and principles of design. Many projects use recycled materials or simple materials and can be repeated at home.
Please note: This is a drop-in program. There is no pre-registration and children are free to come and go as they please. Parents and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to join in the art activities. The program is intended for neighborhood children and families. Day care and youth groups are invited to contact the A.W.E. office to discuss other opportunities.
A.W.E.’s summer Truck Studio program partners with Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee Recreation Playgrounds to offer three hours of free arts enrichment activities daily over a six week period in Milwaukee’s most underserved neighborhoods. Our drop-in, child-centered programming is very hands on and A.W.E. artists collaborate closely with participants to engage them in a number of imaginative take home projects from sculpture to painting. There is a new theme of study each day and projects often utilize both fiction and nonfiction books. Neighborhood youth come together to learn about art history, famous styles of art, basic elements and principles of art, along with introductions to various cultures and historical movements.
A.W.E. currently operates a fleet of 4 donated vans
comprised of a team of lead artists, interns, and MPS artist interns; our staff
of community-minded artists provide opportunities for youth to gain confidence
in their creativity and provide positive adult attention to the youth we
serve. Truck Studio accommodates all families, but is best for children
BRING THE TRUCK STUDIO TO YOUR LOCATION!
The Truck Studio program is also available on a fee-for-service basis to visit community centers and youth organizations interested in making the visual arts part of their youth program or special event. Contact the AWE Program Coordinator to discuss a customized visual arts program designed to appeal to your group's interests, ages and needs. Or click below to reserve the Truck Studio for a corporate or community event.
WHY VISIT AND SUPPORT THE TRUCK STUDIO?
Since the program’s inception the Truck Studios have reached thousands of children with educational arts experiences. A.W.E.’s Truck Studio program enhances the community by:
- Offering children imaginative arts experiences as an alternative to boredom, inactivity or unsafe activities.
- Bringing arts enrichment activities directly to children in high need neighborhoods.
Integrating creative arts into the everyday lives of children.