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Healing Arts: Tap the Potential Disability Awareness Month
Healing Arts: Other wellness programs
Original Theatreworks: Available for Touring
Cultivating Community through Public Art: Parades, Festivals, more
Milwaukee Public Theatre is one of the area's few professional nonprofit touring companies that increases awareness of current social issues, promotes cultural diversity, and provides healing arts and wellness resources.
Artists & Performers include:
musicians - classical, jazz, hip hop, pop, world cultures, drummers, Broadway, opera, operetta
dancers - all styles
actors - classical characters, historical impersonators, improv performers
craft & workshop artists
face and body painters
flag & fire spinners
Milwaukee’s Tap the Potential program in October is designed to challenge stereotypes of disability through performances and artworks presented by artists who have disabilities themselves.
Milwaukee Public Theatre is managed performing artists in various performance disciplines at a wide range of community locations throughout the month.
The visual art exhibition at the Airport October 1 - 20 was coordinated by Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin and VSA Wisconsin.
Friday, September 20th, 7 pm, Mud River Lee and other musicians at "Breaking the Stigma" event for Grand Avenue Club at Dominion Gallery, 804 E. Wright St.
September 26, 4:30 Dan Johnston, musician at IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) Networking Event, Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
October 1-20, Art Exhibit at General Mitchell International Airport Photos
Thursday, October 3, 11 am-1 pm, Reception at Airport Art Exhibit, main concourse, featuring several speakers and performances by Will & Branch and the Easter Seals Color Guard Photos
October 2, 6-8 pm, Cammy Draheim "Digital Billboard Art" Reception at INOVA Theatre, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.
Monday, October 7, 6:30 - 9 pm, VA Recovery Coffee House, music and poetry by veterans, Clement Zablocki Veterans Hospital main building, 5000 W. National Avenue, Room 3435
October 8, 12:00 noon, Mud River Lee, musician, at Milwaukee Intermodal (Train/Bus) Station, 433 W. St. Paul Ave.
October 13, 10:30 am, Walk to Defeat ALS, Greenfield Park with MPT entertainers
October 13, 1 pm, Kristia Wildflower as "Mother Nature - Wisconsin Wildflowers and Weeds" at Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Street
October 17, 11:30 am, “Pieces: In My Own Voice”, original play co-presented by MPT and NAMI-Greater Milwaukee at Zablocki VA Hospital (open to veterans, famlies and staff) Read more.
Gallery Night October 18, 5-9 pm, reception:"No Pity...Please" at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street, featuring the works of Jeff LaDow, an internationally known local artist who paints using his mouth. Show remains through October, M-F, 8-4:30. Read about Jeff LaDow in a story from 2011.
Gallery Night October 18, 7:30-8:30 pm, Gallery Night: Dan Johnston, guitar and originals, at Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida
Gallery Night October 18, 7-8 pm, Gallery Night: Ruth Brown, classical singer, at The Plaza Hotel, 1007 N. Cass St.
October 20, 8 pm, Mud River Lee at St. Peter & Paul Apostle's Cafe, Bradford & Cramer
October 21, 9:30 am, Cammy Draheim, art workshop at Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (not open to public)
October 26, 9:30 - 3:30
Vision Forward Connections Conference, 912 N. Hawley Road. $4 individuals/$10 families. Please call 414-615-0100 to register.
October 30, 10 am
Cammie Draheim, Van Gogh-inspired art project at Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St.
October 30, 1 and 3:30 pm
“Survival Revival Revue Excerpts” by Barbara Leigh, Marquette University School of Nursing (for faculty and students only)
Friday, November 1, 6 pm, Children of the Sun, hearing-impaired youth drum troupe with Jahmes Finlayson, at MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway prior to a Raiders hockey game
Tuesday, November 5, noon, Children of the Sun, at Gaenslen School (for faculty and students)
Tap the Potential lead agencies include Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, Milwaukee Public Theatre, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, and VSA Wisconsin. Other partners include Milwaukee Center for Independence, IndependenceFirst, Vision Forward, Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)-Greater Milwaukee, Easter Seals, Grand Avenue Club, Milwaukee School of Engineering and others. Funding is provided by the Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities. MPT also receives support from the United Performing Arts Fund, CAMPAC Milwaukee County, and the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Comments from our 2012 programming
“Mud River Lee played for our (Grand Avenue Club) Gallery Night and Day. If you can picture a large gallery filled with appreciative viewers, dancing the Hora to bluegrass music, you can picture what a great evening we had. It was a fun and wonderful addition to our event.” - Coleen Kassner, Gallery Director, Gallery Grand
“I found TAP inspiring for the enthusiasm from the men on the (MSDF) pod, from their creative drawings to the smiles on the faces of the women when they were doing dance movements. It is fantastic that TAP found [Cammie Draheim] to help people understand different ways to cope with life stress and even if you have a disability there are different creative activities to help you feel inspired.” - Roberta Packard, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility Social Worker
“Everyone I talked with said Children of the Sun Deaf Drum Troupe was very unique and a very well done performance. We were very pleased." - Eric Rybold, MSOE Wheelchair Days
“Dr. Barbara Leigh’s presentation was fantastic. It had so many different elements and dimensions, but with all great messages. She was inspiring through her story telling and personal tragedy- turned comedy. She was entertaining and relatable with how she turned her situation into a positive life-changing one-woman play. And she was motivating to those working towards being in the health care field, because she made it clear that those in her life made a big impact and all the difference in the world. I also enjoyed her perspective on the healing process and is a lesson I will carry with me in my future career." - Nursing Student, Marquette University
You did such a great job on your artwork. - Austin (age 7)
Totally awesome work! I loved having the privilege of looking at all of your work!!! Thank you for making my morning great! - Jesse Maier J Cottage Grove Wisconsin to Norfolk, VA – work in the Navy
Amazing work people! Thanks for adding some ‘life’ to the airport!
This artwork is beautiful. I love to walk by and see it! – Alicia from United Airlines
Great job!! – Kim & Shawn Toronto, Canada
Wonderful idea! Great exhibit. Thanks for sharing your talents.
Thank you for showing us new ways to see our work. People with possibilities teach us so much! – Shauna
THANK YOU for sharing your talent with us! It’s all great and raises good awareness - J Janesville, WI
Amazing! I love this show! – Here from London, England
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