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MPS All-City Arts Festival 2018

Students attending the All-City Arts Festival will be able to participate in a variety of arts activities led by our partners! These activities will enhance the festival experience and introduce students to new art forms.

The Truck Studio of Artists Working in Education provides meaningful, drop-in, art-based enrichment activities free of charge to youth. We help young people become more inquisitive, creative, flexible, imaginative, and confident while fostering a sense of community among children, artists, and neighborhoods.

Arts @ Large will be facilitating a mixed-media visual arts project with students at the All-City Arts Festival. The students will have the opportunity to explore the art of zentangle using metal embossing techniques and fine markers on wood.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee and Milwaukee Film will engage students in film viewing and filmmaking in a sequential set of activities, including viewing films screened in the "Rated K: for Kids" festival program, filming (capturing students' opinions of the film/s they viewed), and editing the gathered footage.

The Mad Hot Dance Party will bring together students of all ages for a shared dance experience. Danceworks instructors will demonstrate and review a simple dance, like the Mad Hot Salsa, and then orchestrate dance time to allow students to dance together.


Join DJ Bizzon and students from Reagan's DJ Club and DJ Bizzon's Scratch Sessions for a quick lesson in DJing techniques.

Join Express Yourself Milwaukee artists to co-create colorful abstract designs on paper with watercolor paint and spray bottles. We will also do printmaking with stamps, carved blocks, and ink onto colorful paper. Join musicians as we explore rhythms and sounds created by a variety of percussion instruments from around the world.

Students will receive an introduction from First Stage to the world of puppetry and toy theater. Students will be placed in small groups to put on their own production of the Three Little Pigs using a cardboard toy theater box and pre-made puppet characters.


Milwaukee producer and musician Kiran "Q the Sun" Vedula of the collective New Age Narcissism will lead young people in the creation of hip-hop/rap beats using the software Abelton Live.


Kohl's Color Wheels is the Milwaukee Art Museum's offsite studio program that sets up art projects (inspired by the museum's collection and feature exhibitions) at school and community events year-round.

This fast-paced workshop by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater will give students the chance to explore the fundamentals of acting, storytelling, and improvisation alongside Milwaukee Rep teaching artists, Teen Council members, and youth leaders. Students will be invited to collaborate, say "YES!", make big choices, and use their actor tools to go in-role and positively communicate and express themselves.


Join Skai Academy's Kai Simone as she takes you on a fun, interactive musical journey as she blends jazz, blues, pop, gospel, and funk with traditional and original children's songs. Each 30-minute performance will include creative movement, opportunities for rhythmic instruments, and a visit from Bark Bark the puppet and his sidekick, LaLa.

TBEY's dance team will perform an interactive dance demo where the students can follow along and participate. The dancers will show off their skills and teach steps to a few simple-to-learn dances. TBEY's visual arts instructor will demo the art of printmaking and create original works of art throughout the day. The instructor will guide students through the process of making prints — from a blank sheet of paper to finished artwork.


ProStart® students will be doing a cooking demonstration where they will display their culinary knowledge learned in the classroom.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty will be onsite at various locations to offer students the opportunity to try out playing an instrument — trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, violin, cello, guitar, saxophone, keyboard, and more.

The Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life youth ensemble will entertain students with a quick performance before Xalaat instructors lead a drum-and-dance workshop. Students will have the opportunity to test out their own skills by dancing and drumming to the African music.


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