Our October Artists of the Month will be announced in November. Help us recognize members of our community who have made contributions to the arts by filling out our nomination form.
As Milwaukee Public Schools celebrates the Year of the Arts, we will recognize a student, staff member, and community partner for their efforts in promoting and celebrating the arts.
To nominate an Artist of the Month, please fill out this form.
Artist of the Month - Student
Kirstin Hackbarth is a senior at Reagan High School. She began her arts involvement at the age of three as a dancer, which is why she excels in many forms of dance. Kirstin is a strong participant on the Reagan forensics public speaking team. She has won many awards in local and state competitions, was captain of the team, and has also qualified twice for national competitions. Kirstin is involved in Reagan’s theater program, acting in one-act performances as well as annual musical productions. She is a diploma candidate in Reagan’s rigorous IB music program as a choir member and a euphonium player. She shares her talents in the community as a member of the Milwaukee American Legion Band and volunteers to help younger students develop their own music skills. Kirstin is a wonderful example of how to balance the arts within a rigorous academic schedule.
Artist of the Month - Staff Member
Stephanie Monte has been a para at Hawthorne Elementary School for more than eight years where she has been developing a creative environment for everyone. When it’s time for any special student presentations or events, she is always called on to create a backdrop design or another creation. In 2016, we celebrated Grandparent’s Day, and she created a large picture frame for picture taking, which the grandparents loved and which added a touch of love to the event. This year, she created another wonderful bulletin board that graces Hawthorne’s hallways. She uses her own personal time to create various works, and one can feel the love from each art project she creates. We, the staff at Hawthorne, look forward every year to watching her creations bloom throughout the school year. She is willing to help all staff on any art task they need. She helps with joyfulness and assures you that it’s never a bother to ask.
Artist of the Month - Community Partner
Julia Mag has infused the Community Learning Center program at Kluge School with a climate of creativity, fun, and self-discipline, using theater games and acting techniques to engage and motivate the students and to maintain commitment and participation in the program. Julia leads the CLC team in having high expectations for its CLC students and program outcomes. Her spotlight is always aimed at ensuring that quality is at the heart of all that the team does for, and with, the Kluge CLC students and families.