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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.


Events

Wednesdays, December 4 and December 11, 5-7 p.m.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation Studio M Makerspace

Mitchell Street Branch, 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street

You have two more chances to work with our artist-in-residence and learn a new art skill! For Celeste Contreras’ final two workshops she will sharing her love of screen printing. Bring a T-shirt or any other cloth you’d like to print on!


Gathering Art, Stories and Place Culmination Celebration

Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mitchell Street Branch, 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of Gathering Art, Stories and Place, a two-year project funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant and the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

Festivities include:

  • Launch of Celeste Contreras' Artist Book
  • Sneak Peek of the Listening to Mitchell Archive
  • Ex Fabula UltraShorts Booth
  • Artists Working in Education, Inc. Truck Studio
  • Gathering Art, Stories and Place Film
  • Live music, snacks, and more!