Cultivating Community through the Arts: Parades and Celebrational Events
2014 Bay View Tragedy
MPT and Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre presented a theatrical re-enactment of the Bay View Tragedy on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker in collaboration with the Wisconsin Labor History Society and the Bay View Historical Society. The event also included performances by folksinger Larry Penn and Madison's Solidarity Singers.
2012 Video by Wisconsin Labor History Society.
Food for Thought, 2014
MPT"s summer 2014 programming included StoryBridge; the Amani Neighborhood Garden Arts Project; and performances of Hansel and Gretel.
Youth Arts in the City, a year-round project developed in collaboration with schools and Community Learning centers. Programs engage children in arts activities that help them develop the creativity, resilience and communication skills to deal with challenging educational, social, and health issues. Activities include: Interactive performances that focus on violence prevention (the RED T’s), mental health (Pieces: In My Own Voice) and healthy food/lifestyle choices (Hansel and Gretel); Educational arts residencies supporting MPS curriculum goals and teaching vital literacy, communication, fitness, creativity, conflict resolution and team-building life skills; and Community-building events that showcase the talents of residency and workshop participants and help to build self-esteem and positive identity for children, youth and families. MPT’s Youth Arts In the City programs are supported by UPAF, Milwaukee County/CAMPAC, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, A Bader Philanthropy.
2013 Video: Cultivating Community (Summer of Peace, Latino Carnaval, more) by Dena Aronson
2012 Video: Cultivating Community MPT All-City/Summer of Peace Parade by Dena Aronson
All-City People's Parade videos
Latino Carnaval Grand Parade
July 26, 2014
Grants in 2014 from the Helen Bader Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation/Mary Nohl Fund and the United Performing Arts Fund supported Milwaukee Public Theatre's visual arts and dance workshops leading into the Parade. MPT Artists led workshops at Allen-Field, Audubon, Davis, Fratney, Hadfield, Lincoln, Mitchell, Pierce, Wedgewood and Zablocki Boys and Girls Clubs. Additional intergenerational workshops were held with United Community Senior Center participants and students of Grandview School and Carmen High School. The masks, costumes, headdresses and floats representing specific Latin American countries were major features of the July 26 Parade, and were later on view at UWM in September.
View our Latino Parade photos.
Public Workshops were held during July, 2014 at MPT's Grand Avenue space. ACLU/PASA also sponsored workshops, with MPS students, college students and adults.
Read more about Latino Carnaval.
"the artery project" 2014
Reclamation Parade and Pageant
Milwaukee Public Theatre artists led residents of the Harambee and Riverwest area and participants at the Holton Youth and Family Center in workshops to make parade elements telling the story of their neighborhoods in a "Reclamation Parade and Pageant" which was held along the Beerline Trail on Saturday, August 30. All events are free. The project was promoted on Facebook and Instagram.
2014 Reclamation Workshops
Workshops in the neighborhood: June 23 – August 13: Holton Youth & Family Center, 510 E. Burleigh with Annushka Peck and Julia Swanson and Yoga with Katharina Hren.
Saturdays, June 14 – August 23
Free Public Workshops: MPT space at the Grand Avenue with Annushka Peck and Julia Swanson
Find photos of Reclamation workshops.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Reclamation Parade and Pageant
11:30 am: The Reclamation Parade kicked off at the N. Richards Street entry to the Beerline Trail and continued north to Capitol Drive. The Pageant was presented on the stage at 12:30 pm, along with other artery project performers: Erick Ledesma, Kameelah + Yazmin Muhammad, STITCH Milwaukee, and Ina Onilu Drum & Dance Ensemble. The Parade was presented again on September 20 at the All People's Church.
Read more about other aspects of the artery project in Milwaukee.
“the artery” projects in 2014 were supported by Creational Trails project, funded by ArtPlace America. MPT received additional funding for the Reclamation Parade from the City of Milwaukee/ NIDC, and ongoing support from UPAF, Mil- waukee County CAMPAC, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.