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Year of the Arts

The arts are powerful and transformative components of every student’s learning. This year, we are proud to partner with Cre8MKE to bring arts into focus.

We have big plans for this year – plans to bring our students to arts and arts to our students.

In coming together to support and celebrate the Year of the Arts, we will connect our students to meaningful, engaging arts experiences in their classrooms, schools, and in communities across the cities. We are looking to our schools and school leaders to embrace this opportunity.

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Artist of the month

Artists of the Month

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.

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Community Partners

View a list of our Year of the Arts community partners.

Professional Development Success Stories

Learn how MPS educators have integrated Year of the Arts into professional development.

year of the arts resources


Find resources to support the Year of the Arts!

yota passport

Year of the Arts Passport

Find out how you can use the Year of the Arts Passport to earn arts prizes!

What can you expect from Year of the Arts?

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  Students and Families
  • Register for summer arts activities such as the MPS Summer Music Camps and the Summer Musical Camp.
  • Use your Year of the Arts Passport.
  • Participate in the ornament contest.
  • Participate in the logo contest for the MPS All-City Arts Festival.
  • Register for Saturday music lessons.
  • Attend field trips related to the arts.
  • Attend Family Art Night, school concerts, musicals, theater events.
  • Participate in the MPS All-City Arts Festival.
  School Leaders
  • Volunteer to be a chaperone for field trips.
  • Volunteer at the MPS All-City Arts Festival on May 9, 10, and 11, 2018.
  • Attend YOTA Passport events in the community.
  • Attend school arts events.
  • Attend the Summer Musical: performances are on Friday, July 28, 2017, and Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Nominate a student, staff member, or community partner to be the Artist of the Month.
  • Offer support on the first day of school.
  Community Partners
  • Attend the June Principals' Leadership Institute Kickoff Resource Fair.
  • Add community arts events to the MPS Year of the Arts calendar.
  • Support schools on the first day of student attendance.
  • Assist in distributing Year of the Arts Passports. 
  • Spotlight the arts at monthly institutes.
  • Participate at partner schools for Family Art Night.
  • Participate at partner schools for concerts, musicals, theater events.
  • Participate in MPS All-City Arts Festival.

  Year of the Arts Goals

  • Promote and celebrate the arts.
  • Develop a pipeline to recruit and retain arts instructors.
  • Make connections between history and culture through the arts.
  • Encourage arts integration within and outside the classrooms.
  • Build support for MPS arts programs and schools to be sure that EVERY student is afforded quality arts opportunities.

Download the Year of the Arts Passport!


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What Are the Arts?

  • Culinary arts
  • Dance
  • Literary arts
  • Music
  • Media arts
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
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