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Local organizations offering summer arts programming for youth

Forty local organizations are offering summer arts programming for youth through Milwaukee Recreation's Partnership for the Arts & Humanities (PAH) fund. The organizations offer a variety of arts programming, including music, dance, painting, and video, among others. While many of the organizations have shifted to virtual plans, other partners will still feature in-person programs that have been adjusted for the safety of participants and staff.

The following organizations have programming available this summer. We encourage you to reach out directly to each organization to register and find more information on their summer offerings.

ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation First Stage Milwaukee Repertory Theater Victory Garden Initiative
All Hands Boatworks, Inc. H2O Community Development Corp. Neu-Life Community Development  Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
America SCORES Milwaukee Hands in Harmony Piano Studio Neighborhood House Wild Space Dance Company
Artists Working in Education Hmong American Friendship Association 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Arts @ Large  Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful  Running Rebels Community Organization  Wisconsin Humane Society
ArtWorks for Milwaukee Lead2Change, Inc. SHARP Literacy Woodland Pattern Book Center
Bembé Drum & Dance Marcus Performing Arts Center Signature Dance Company Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life
Black Arts MKE Milwaukee Ballet Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers   
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth TBEY Arts Center  
Casa Romero Milwaukee Christian Center Teens Grow Greens  
COA Youth & Family Centers Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Urban Ecology Center  


Partnership for the Arts & HumanitiesFind more information on some of our featured summer PAH programs below:

ACLU of Wisconsin

The ACLU of Wisconsin welcomes students (grades 9-12) to join our Summer Justice Institute, a FREE two-week intensive training camp teaching essential leadership and social justice issues, with a focus on systems of oppression and racial identity, as well as skills and techniques for civic engagement. Students will be provided with the necessary supplies prior to the start of the virtual, Monday-Friday program.

Session lengths will vary between 2-3 hours a day. Spaces are limited.

For more information, please call 414-272-4032 ext. 225, email, and or visit the ACLU of Wisconsin website.

Artists Working in Education

Join Artists Working in Education (AWE) for online art-making programs this summer! Our Truck Studio vans may not be in parks, but we’re still bringing art supplies into communities and art project lessons into your homes. Our video lessons will use supplies in kits or common household materials to make drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more!

You can also explore the Silver City Neighborhood with our Artist in Residence, Sarah Gail Luther. Teens can join our Rising Artists Council for weekly meetings via Google Hangouts to begin their journey as a member.

For more information, visit the AWE website.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is piloting a virtual summer arts camp that gives the interns of our advanced program, Art Works for You, a new opportunity to be creative leaders and offers a potential new revenue stream for ArtWorks. The interns and lead artists will facilitate the virtual summer arts camp for children ages 3-11 from July 6-Aug. 6.

The theme of the camp is “Explore My Universe.” Each week, the interns will create art kits for purchase. Scholarships will be available for campers that can’t afford to purchase the art kits. During the five-week session, the kit will include an art project to guide children in exploring their neighborhood, their city, their country, their world, and finally their galaxy.

ArtWorks’ interns will provide pre-recorded videos and live Zoom sessions for the campers. ArtWorks is partnering with NEIGHBOR art studio, a business on the East Side of Milwaukee that specializes in art programs for children ages 3-11. ArtWorks will be adhering to CDC guidelines for safety protocols for our staff and interns.

Register your child for the camp here!

Casa Romero

Casa Romero's Art Club Camp is designed for youth ages 7-14. Art Club uses various forms of art-making as the vehicle to explore personal and cultural identity, enhance self-esteem, and build community. Through art kits and a series of virtual workshops, youth participants learn how visual artists share their personal voice through contemporary, culturally responsive approaches to making art.

There are two Art Club Camps this summer, June 22-26 and August 10-14.

To sign up, visit this link!

Marcus Center

The Marcus Center’s free ArtsConnect program provides MPS high school students opportunities to participate in virtual workshops with touring Broadway and Off-Broadway cast and crew, beginning July 21.

As part of this program, students will participate in a six-day interactive, virtual summer intensive program with an opportunity to audition for a personalized mentor session with a national artist. Students that complete six workshops will have access to a virtual concert at the end of the summer featuring Dr. Chester Gregory, star of Motown the Musical & Dreamgirls.The summer intensive program includes live chats with professional artists, technical staff, and educators covering the following topics: Acting the Song, Audition Skills, Arts & Business, University Admissions, and more, including Q&A time with instructors.

Special consideration will be given to students applying from the following ArtsConnect partner high schools: Riverside Univ. HS, Reagan College Prep HS, Milwaukee HS of the Arts, Milwaukee School of Languages, Bay View HS, St. Joan Antida HS, Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, and Hmong American Peace Academy.

Please email for more information.

Partnership for the Arts & HumanitiesSHARP Literacy, Inc.

SHARP’s Summer Learning Program serves urban elementary students grades 3-6 at schools, as well as Milwaukee Recreation's Community Learning Centers. The program is typically delivered in-person to students at 15 partner sites. Due to the COVID pandemic, SHARP is offering in-person, virtual, and blended-learning options to meet the needs of SHARP's partners, and reach as many students as possible.

Urban Agriculture is offered to sites choosing in-person programming. Students examine the purpose and methods of urban agriculture through the lens of scientists and artists, learning about aquaponics, vermicomposting, conditions urban gardens need for growing food, and how urban agriculture can nourish the neighborhood.

In Urban Techies – SHARP's new virtual curriculum – students explore urban gardening and the fundamentals of coding, creating mini-garden boxes with LEGO's to track the growing process/conditions. Using, students learn about algorithms and loops.

Art on the Move is an at-home, STEAM-based mural project. Individual art kits are distributed to students and they will learn about math, specifically ratios and data science, as they create their component of the mural which will be joined with others and installed in their community.

SHARP Literacy will be serving students at these locations. Please contact those sites directly to register for their programs.

Signature Dance Company

The Signature Dance Company has been offering full-day summer camps for girls since 2007. The Summer Arts Intensive camp encompasses many genres of dance including ballet, hip hop, and African dance, and is available for ages 3-17 years old from July 6-31. The Signature Dance Company has made certain modifications to the program this summer, but the participants will still practice three or more dance styles onto top of sessions for reading, empowerment, and devotion.

Visit the Signature Dance Company website to register.

Wild Space Dance Company

From June 22-July 23, Wild Space Dance Company will be holding its annual multi-arts camp for students in grades 5-8 - Wild Arts 2020: Extraordinary Artists in Ordinary Places. The program is free for Milwaukee students.

The camp will be virtual in 2020. Kids will be able to log onto google classroom on Monday-Thursday from 9-11 a.m. and receive instruction in art, theater, and dance. There will be weekly videos, prizes, and materials provided on Thursdays at Lincoln Middle school after classes.

Register on the Wild Space website. More detailed information will be sent upon registration.

Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society is excited to offer virtual youth programs for grades 1-9 in summer of 2020!

Camps offer two hours of live interaction, animal guests, and independent activities. There's also a veterinary science camps! If interested, please email Dezarae Jones-Hartwig at or visit the Wisconsin Humane Society website.

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