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Partnership for the Arts & Humanities

The 2022-23 application is now closed. The 2023-24 application will open in March 2023.

For additional information, please review the Program Guidelines.

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The MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is an allocation of $1.83 million dollars approved annually by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors to support afterschool and summer arts and humanities-related opportunities for children, youth and families.  Funds are released after a rigorous application review process, to community based organizations planning to partner with schools and/or youth serving agencies. A dollar-for-dollar match requirement encourages new partnerships between community based organizations, schools, youth serving agencies and the funding community, and promotes the use of additional funds for programming during the school day.

The Partnership for the Arts & Humanities has supported various programs throughout the Milwaukee area. Here are the projects that the program is currently funding.


  • Increase access to arts and/or humanities-related experiences for all city of Milwaukee children, youth, and families.
  • Strengthen existing and establish new community partnerships that motivate students to higher levels of achievement through creative academic/cognitive, social emotional and physical/skill based learning.
  • Expand resources and support for arts and humanities education and build the collective capacity of community based partners to effectively serve children, youth and families.


  • Applicants must be a community-based organization (LLC, Sole Proprietor, etc. - 501c3 status preferred but not required). Schools are not considered community based organizations for this grant.
  • Applicant must identify and obtain signatures of partner (individual school and/or youth-serving agency) officials. MPS as an entire district is not considered a program partner.
  • Applicant must provide information about matching resources that total an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the request from outside the MPS budget to support the same or similar arts and/or humanities-related activities. If approved for funding, applicant must submit evidence of said resources via the Cash and/or In-Kind Match Form with signature. (See criteria for matching resources on page 3.)
  • Requests must total between $3,000 (minimum) and $85,000 (maximum) and a detailed budget showing how the request will be used is required on the application.
  • Partnership for the Arts & Humanities funds must be used to serve city of Milwaukee children, youth and families. Therefore, use of the funds is restricted to out of school activities (i.e., before and after-school programs, evening activities, weekend and summer programs, school days off, etc.). Matching resources can be (and are encouraged to be) used to fund the same or similar arts and/or humanities-related activities during the regular school day.
  • Priority is given to projects and programs that focus on serving children, youth and families that may not otherwise have access to arts and humanities programming.

Advisory Committee

The Partnership for the Arts & Humanities Advisory Committee was established in December 2018 to assist program staff with establishing a strategic vision for the program and serve as an oversight body. The strategic visioning work is currently underway.

Dr. Bradley Carl: Assistant Scientist and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative
Anne Chapman: Senior Researcher, Wisconsin Policy Forum
Sumaiyah Clark: Enterprise Project Administrator, Department of Health and Human Services – Milwaukee County
Dr. Kim Cosier: Professor of Art Education & Director of Community Engagement, Peck School of the Arts
Lynn Lucius: Arts Consultant to Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Jim McLaughlin: Education Portfolio Manager, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
Mary Reinders: Senior Research Analyst & Owner, Reinders Research
Steve Vande Zande: Art Integration Support Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools and Co-Founder, RedLine Milwaukee

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