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Creative Allies

Program Overview

The Creative Allies program, a partnership between Milwaukee Recreation and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), supports after-school sites within MPS by providing additional arts opportunities, especially in schools with limited art and music programs.

Through this program, MIAD's advanced art and design students, as well as recent graduates, have the opportunity to serve as Artists-in-Residence and share their creative expertise with MPS students. MIAD students or graduates selected for the program are paired with an after-school site and are tasked with collaborating with site staff to create an arts program that aligns with site-specific needs and student interests, strongly emphasizing youth voice.

In the spring of 2024, four after-school programs from these schools were part of this partnership: Browning School, Parkview School, Thurston Woods School, and Craig Montessori School.

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the students visited MIAD for an exhibition of the artwork they created throughout the semester. Thank you to our Artists-in-Residence, Olivia Lorber, Julia Bradfish, Caesar Nguyen, and Darienne Hood, for your work with our young people!




April Heding 

Afterschool Arts & Humanities Manager
Phone: 414-475-8508
Email: April [at]

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