OTT-quote-gray

Community Voices - Artists Working in Education

AWE_Staff

Why did Artists Working in Education sign up as hosts of On the Table?

We wanted to provide an opportunity to engage various levels of expertise and perspectives. We’ve invited artists, community organizers, and youth-serving organizations to have lunch at our office in order to facilitate conversation that will lead to having deeper, more meaningful collaborations for future projects. We hope after our time together on Oct. 17, people will have an easier time moving out of their silos, with the bridge being this starter conversation. With On the Table, we really see ourselves as conveyors of best practices and guided, meaningful conversations.

How do you think this conversations can advance A.W.E.’s mission?

As an arts organization that primarily serves youth ages 4-20, we believe in the creative energy and ideas of the youth in our communities. Our mission is to provide the youth in Milwaukee area with arts enrichment programs to enhance human potential, advance learning, and cultivate community. We work to center youth in our arts programming, as a catalyst to create structure to building a career paths for youth in the arts but we also seek to leave things better than how we found them, setting the foundation for a more vibrant, expressive region.

What actionable steps do you hope will come from this conversation?

As an arts organization that primarily serves youth ages 4-20, we believe in the creative energy and ideas of the youth in our communities. Our mission is to provide the youth in Milwaukee area with arts enrichment programs to enhance human potential, advance learning, and cultivate community. We work to center youth in our arts programming, as a catalyst to create structure to building a career paths for youth in the arts but we also seek to leave things better than how we found them, setting the foundation for a more vibrant, expressive region.

What project(s) are you currently working on?

We’re delighted to be partners on the NEA Our Town grant with Milwaukee Public Library, the Listening to Mitchell artist team, and Ex Fabula for the Storytelling Arts program at the new Mitchell Street Library branch set to open in October. Through the new Storytelling Arts initiative, we’ll be able to bring more art, and creative expression into the historic Mitchell Street neighborhood. We’re eager to hire youth and hire professional artists who live near the library. Hiring artists from the neighborhoods that we work in is important to our community building work, creating a sense of identity and ownership while helping artists give back and leave a lasting impact on their communities.

Next year will mark our 20-year anniversary as an organization, so we’re in the planning stages of providing some fun, interactive arts-related events throughout 2018.