Categories
Education

The Bus Unveiled–Art Xpress 2011

Photo by Mark Hines
Photo by Mark Hines

I promised you an unveiling of the bus mural created entirely by City of Milwaukee teens. Here it is!

Fourteen of the city’s young artists came together for three weeks over the summer to create a mural that used the themes and symbols from the Museum’s Summer of CHINA exhibitions to inspire a bus mural positively addressing an issue in the Milwaukee community.

Below, find lots of images of the teens, their families, teachers, and friends celebrating their hard work at the reception in early October. For more information about the program and the work behind the mural, check out this blog post from last month. And if you really want to get involved with teen programs, “like” the Teens at Milwaukee Art Museum page on Facebook.

Categories
Behind the Scenes Education

“Help Harmony Blossom”–Art Xpress 2011

Araceli puts finishing touches on her panel for the mural.
Araceli puts finishing touches on her panel for the mural.

This summer, fourteen teens from all around the Milwaukee area came together for three packed weeks with a hefty task: to create a mural for the side of a Milwaukee County Transit System bus that would address an important issue in the community, inspired by themes in the Museum’s The Emperor’s Private Paradise exhibition of Chinese art.

That’s right: these teens, pretty much all on their own, had to design a bus mural that included a thought-provoking slogan, a high quality work of public art, and which, as a whole, positively encouraged a viewer to consider how we can improve our city. When I bragged about these teens and their work to my friends, family, and colleagues, I got some raised eyebrows. No one asked, but I could see it in their eyes:

Fourteen people all work together on a project like this? On a public art piece that would be displayed for an entire year?

How could adults accomplish that, they seemed to say, let alone teens?