Cultivating Community through the Arts: Parades and Celebrations
Latino Carnaval Grand Parade
July 25, 2015, 11 am
MPT worked with the third annual Milwaukee Latino Carnaval on floats. MPT artists Katie Jesse, Sarah Seefeldt and Bill Quirmbach at Studio G, and youth at Bradley Tech CLC/Boys and Girls Club created giant masks and floats during the month of July. The Milwaukee ACLU PASA youth also built parade elements at Studio G in the Grand Avenue. Sponsors of MPT's workshops include BMO Harris and The Latino Hispanic Consulting Group LLC.
The paradeon National Avenue, from 11th Street to Water Street, was followed by a free community celebration.
This year's Carnaval honored the African diaspora and the many ways Latin and African music and dance have influenced each other.
The interview below with Juan Carlos Ruiz, and broadcast on Telemundo Wisconsin, was recorded with the mask-building going on in the background!
Juneteenth Day 2015
MPT worked with Juneteenth Day organizers, children and families to create parade elements to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth Day on June 19, 2015. Read more on our Summer Schedule.
4th of July Celebrations
MPT artists participated in festivities at Alcott Park, Gordon Park, Jackson Park and Wilson Park. See our Calendar for details.
2014 40th Anniversary Video by Bennett Frazier, Concordia University graduate.
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
2015 Bay View Tragedy
MPT, Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre and Arcadia Productions present a new theatrical re-enactment of the Bay View Tragedy on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at the Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker in collaboration with the Wisconsin Labor History Society and the Bay View Historical Society. The event starts at 3 pm.
Artists appearing in the 2015 event include Flora Coker, Eric Engelbart, Jahmes Finlayson, Linda Freund, Chris Goode, Richard Gustin, Sarah Mellstrom, Selena Milewski, Jessi Miller, Andrew Parchman, Michael Pettit, Bill Quirmbach, Brian Rott, John Schneider, Cameron Smith, Joe Piccetti, Jenni Reinke, Amanda Sullivan, Julia Teeguarden, Kirk Thomsen, and Renato Umali.
Click here for 2012 Video by Wisconsin Labor History Society.