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Gathering Art, Stories and Place

Gathering Art, Stories and Place

The City of Milwaukee has been selected as a recipient of a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment of the Art (NEA) to fund the Gathering Art, Stories and Place (GASP) at the Mitchell Street Branch (906 W. Historic Mitchell St.). Led by Milwaukee Public Library and Artists Working in Education, the project is supported by Ex Fabula as well as other nonprofits, schools and community centers. 

With this grant, the project team will utilize the library's maker space and other indoor and outdoor gathering spaces to host a variety of storytelling-themed programs, including a visual storytelling festival featuring deaf storytellers, an artist lecture series, writing workshops, a new archive of collected neighborhood stories, and two artist-in-residence programs. A mobile art studio accessible to youth is also planned, providing free art education and cultural enrichment activities.

The plans, developed in partnership with the Department of City Development and the Milwaukee Arts Board, create a unique hub for creative expression and cultural discourse will empower neighbors to create, share, and celebrate cultural diversity through storytelling and art. 

This project is in collaboration with community partners, Milwaukee Public Library, Listening to Mitchell artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, Ex Fabula and Artists Working in Education, Inc. The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional support from the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.


Gathering Art, Stories and Place Artist Bookshelf Unveiling & Celebration

Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Mitchell Street Branch | 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street
Northwestern Mutual Foundation Studio M Makerspace

Celebrate the unveiling of a new addition to the Mitchell Street Branch! Since January 2019, Artist-in-Residence Celeste Contreras has been hosting book-making workshops in the Northwestern Mutual Foundation Studio M Makerspace as a part of the Gathering Art, Stories and Place project. To showcase the amazing books that have been created, Celeste designed an artist bookshelf that will be added to the makerspace. Join us for:

  • The unveiling of artist bookshelf
  • Free food
  • Art Projects with Artists Working in Education Inc. Truck Studio
  • Ex Fabula UltraShorts Storytelling Booth