We Be Monsters Collaborative Art Project

10269186_10102612921157118_7122177904410012882_oWe Be Monsters is a culminating event of an intergenerational art collaboration between Downtown Montessori Academy (K8) and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

Our exhibition opening and silent auction will be located at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Gallery at 2300 W. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233 on Friday April 24th from 7:00 – 8:30pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts which provides free arts programming to under-served youth. This community collaboration began with elementary students taking a field trip to MHSA to work with the high school students and draw their “monsters.” Many of the elementary students had never had the opportunity to interact with teenagers and were deeply impacted by their interactions with high school students. Using these “monsters” as blueprints, high school students created 3D marionettes and puppets from the elementary student’s drawings. High school students were highly motivated to create accurate three-dimensional representations of the drawings. Additionally, the theater department came to Downtown Montessori Academy and worked with a group of students to develop a script for a puppet show to be performed for Downtown Montessori Academy’s student body. This project allowed for diverse age groups to interact and gain a deeper understanding of each other and develop positive relationships between schools and communities.

The exhibition will feature drawings and 3D counterparts, video interviews from elementary students before and after the collaboration as well as a video of the puppet show being performed.

For further information please contact Jenny Urbanek at (414) 712-6462 or at jurbanek@downtownmontessori.com

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