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ArtXpress–The Mural Lives On!

Documenting the ArtXpress installation. Photo by Front Room Photography
Documenting the ArtXpress installation. Photo by Front Room Photography
Sometimes I’m amazed at how a program can continue to live on, long after it’s finished–and how wonderfully collaborative staff here at the Museum can be!

It’s not news that the ArtXpress program has a lasting presence. ArtXpress is a teen program in which students create a mural inspired by the feature exhibition that positively addresses an issue in the city of Milwaukee. That mural is displayed not only in the Museum, but also on the side of a Milwaukee County Transit System bus for about a year.

The ArtXpress students and the finished bus mural. Photo by Front Room Photography
The ArtXpress students and the finished bus mural. Photo by Front Room Photography

ArtXpress notecard set. Photo by Museum Store
ArtXpress notecard set. Photo by Museum Store
ArtXpress Notecard Set. Photo by Milwaukee Art Museum Store[/caption]But over the summer, I had a chance hallway meeting with Donele Pettit-Mieding, the Museum Store Marketing Manager, which ensured that the mural would have a totally different kind of long-lasting impact.

I was telling Donele about the program and she suggested the teens’ artwork could be featured as a notecard set to sell in the Store, especially around the holiday season. I loved the idea–to have their work live on in a totally new way was really exciting to the students, and moreover, the teens’ four murals were perfect for a set of notecards.

Donele and the Store team worked hard to print up a first run of the set before the program celebration in late August so that each of the students could take one home for free. Last week, they ran a beautiful ad featuring the notecard set, which you can see below. I thought this was a great time to share the teens’ work on the blog, as well as thank the Museum Store for highlighting the students’ work!

Museum Store Advertisement featuring ArtXpress notecard set
Museum Store Advertisement featuring ArtXpress notecard set

Personally, I’ll be buying a few sets on one of the Member Double Discount Days and will be using them for holiday greeting cards this year! If you’re interested, you can stop into the store or online and get a set, too. Here’s to more future cross-departmental collaborations!

Chelsea Emelie Kelly is the Museum’s Manager of Digital Learning. In addition to working on educational technology initiatives like the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab or this very blog, she oversees and teaches teen programs. Say hello on Twitter @MAM_Chelsea.

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