The City of Milwaukee has been selected as a recipient of a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment of the Art (NEA) to fund the Gathering Art, Stories and Place (GASP) at the Mitchell Street Branch (906 W. Historic Mitchell St.). Led by Milwaukee Public Library and Artists Working in Education, the project is supported by Ex Fabula as well as other nonprofits, schools and community centers.
With this grant, the project team will utilize the library's maker space and other indoor and outdoor gathering spaces to host a variety of storytelling-themed programs, including a visual storytelling festival featuring deaf storytellers, an artist lecture series, writing workshops, a new archive of collected neighborhood stories, and two artist-in-residence programs. A mobile art studio accessible to youth is also planned, providing free art education and cultural enrichment activities.
The plans, developed in partnership with the Department of City Development and the Milwaukee Arts Board, create a unique hub for creative expression and cultural discourse will empower neighbors to create, share, and celebrate cultural diversity through storytelling and art.
This project is in collaboration with community partners, Milwaukee Public Library, Listening to Mitchell artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, Ex Fabula and Artists Working in Education, Inc. The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional support from the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.
Mitchell Street Makes Community Cookbook
Calling all neighbors, local restaurants and grocery stores to join Artist-in-Residence Celeste Contreras and Cargill Community Kitchen Program Coordinator Sam Alioto, by contributing recipes and ideas to create a community cookbook.
During the workshop we will share recipes and use printmaking techniques to create art for the final book. After the workshop, we will self-publish our Community Cookbook to share with our neighborhood and library!
Talking Shop: Artists in Our Libraries Roundtable
For the last two years, Milwaukee Public Library has hosted year-long artist residencies at the Mitchell Street Branch through Gathering Art, Stories and Place; a project made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.
For the past six years, Madison Public Library has collaborated with a wide variety of artists through their robust arts program - The Bubbler - that includes artist residencies, gallery shows, in-school partnerships and more.
At this event, The Bubbler will sit down with Gathering Art, Stories and Place to talk about what it takes to have artists in our libraries and the impact artists have on our libraries and communities.
Wednesdays, December 4 and December 11, 5-7 p.m.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation Studio M Makerspace
Mitchell Street Branch, 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street
Create your own designs and then use our screen printing equipment to make a copy to take home. Bring a T-shirt or any other cloth you'd like to print on, or make your own cool paper to print on. Artist-in-residence Celeste Contreras will be on hand to help.