Friday, May 18, 2018
A student art gallery, interactive mural project, and silent auction were part of the MPS presence this week at the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference, held at the Wisconsin Center. The event, hosted by the Center for Community Progress, drew about 1,000 civic leaders from across the country to explore ways to revitalize neighborhoods and generate community cohesion. The conference has been held in eight other cities and Milwaukee was selected as the host city this year.
In conjunction with the MPS Year of the Arts, which was launched to expand arts access in all MPS schools, the district displayed a large gallery of student artwork, held a silent auction of student photography, shared information about public art as a means of revitalization, and provided canvases for two large murals that attendees were invited to paint. The finished pieces will be displayed at MPS Central Services and Milwaukee City Hall.
Attendees enjoyed browsing the gallery and painting the mural as a break between sessions. Many expressed a new appreciation for the arts as a means to beautify and unify a community. MPS is proud to inspire community leaders from major cities across the country.