The 4th Annual Night by the River benefit raised enough funds for a full, eight- week internship program at ArtWorks for Milwaukee. Over 300 people were on hand to sample craft beers, fine wines, delicious cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres, an array of cheeses, and scrumptious desserts from Milwaukee’s finest establishments. The event, which was held at the Milwaukee County Historical Society in downtown Milwaukee, also featured live music, a silent and live auction, raffle prizes, a cork pull, and art for sale.
ArtWorks’ interns had a chance to shine at this year’s event. Seventeen interns from the fall internship program showcased the work they created in the two fall programs, “Keep the Peace” and “Peace of Art.” The programs, which were funded by Safe & Sound and the Jerome and Dorothy Holz Foundation, allowed the local teens to express their ideas of peace and crime prevention through a mural and an art installation.
Additionally, two former ArtWorks interns spoke to the audience about how ArtWorks has positively impacted their lives. Tymothy Harper is a senior at MIAD, majoring in industrial engineering, and Roshunda Hewings, a freshman at UWM, hopes to pursue a career as a writer.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee is setting its sights on expanding its teen internship programs, which focus on developing valuable career and life skills through art projects. The organization has created a graduated programming model to increase its community impact by serving more teens over a longer period of time and will be seeking additional funding to support this expansion.