Last weekend, over 150 people, screen printed and painted over 600 banners, signs, and posters; all in the name of public education. The Milwaukee Art Build for Public Education took place above Company Brewing in the Riverwest neighborhood over a three-day span beginning February 3.
A dedicated group of Milwaukee Public School art teachers convened several meetings with local artists to brainstorm and create images and slogans to be used in support of:
- Closing the MPS Funding Gap that currently puts MPS students thousands of dollars behind their suburban counterparts in per pupil funding.
- A robust expansion of the public Community Schools model that has already brought seven schools to Milwaukee.
- Racial and educational justice for our students and our communities.
“Black Lives Matter” banner designed by Nicolas Lampert using photo taken by Joe Brusky.
- Democratically controlled and accountable school boards elected by the people of Milwaukee.
Check out these photos of the Art Build in action and watch for the pieces created to start showing up in front of a school or in a street near you, especially as debate around the new 2-year Wisconsin state budget heats up.
Thank you to all those who volunteered their time to make this happen. A very special thanks to the following local artists for creating the stunning images used in the Art Build:
Thank you to the MPS art teachers on the Art Build Organizing Committee:
Allyson Craft – Clarke Street
Sue Pezanoski-Brown – Fratney Elementary
John Fleissner – Hamilton High School
Liz Kremer – Brown Street
Gina Jorgensen – North Division High School
Check out this time lapse video below of one of the 24-foot parachute banners being painted over a span of 8 hours.