4W Community Happenings: Milwaukee Public Schools participates in Lakefront Festival of the Arts

Written by admin   // June 18, 2010   // 0 Comments

Milwaukee Public Schools is pleased to collaborate with The Milwaukee Art Museum’s 2010 Lakefront Festival of Arts (LFOA) held Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20 along Lake Michigan.

MPS is a sponsor of this family-friendly event, featuring work by more than 180 national artists, food by Café Calatrava, live music, a silent auction, a sculpture garden, the PNC Children’s Experience activities, and new this year: life-size, colorful figures designed by MPS students.

The figures line the entranceway welcoming visitors and leading attendees into the festival. More than 23 MPS schools and teachers participated. Schools (mainly elementary)  include ALBA, Allen-Field, Browning, Burbank, Burroughs Middle School, Doerfler, Dover, Fairview, Fernwood, Grant, Green Bay Avenue, Greenfield, Hi-Mount, Humboldt Park, Lincoln Avenue, Maryland Avenue, Golda Meir, Milwaukee French Immersion, Milwaukee Sign Language School, Neeskara, Riley, Trowbridge and Escuela Vieau.

Art curriculum specialist Kim Abler coordinated the effort. “We feel honored to be able to showcase the amazing work of our students alongside professional artists and vendors. Art is truly a cross-generational craft and a wonderful learning opportunity to be part of such a high- profile public art installation. We hope to display these figures at other district activities throughout the summer. Look for them!”

“For nearly 50 years, the Lakefront Festival of Arts has raised funds for the Museum to bring numerous world-class exhibitions to Milwaukee, as well as offered artists the chance to showcase their work,” said Sandi Anderson, director of special events for the Milwaukee Art Museum. “We embrace our new partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools and have appreciated the engagement of such a diverse young audience to our festival. It has been a great venue to meet incoming MPS Superintendent Dr. Thornton and welcome him to the community. We look forward to future collaborations with the district. ”

The 48th annual LFOA is presented by Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine and sponsored in part by PNC, MillerCoors, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hawks Nursery, Concordia University Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools, Sommer’s Subaru, Fields Jaguar and The American Club.

LFOA admission is $7 in advance, $12 at the gate, or $20 for a three-day pass. Tickets can be purchased online and at participating locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Festival hours are: Friday, June 18 — 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 19 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 20 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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