Foundation awards $180,500 to visual arts programs during second quarter

Milwaukee, WI - July 10, 2012 - A grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund will help lead to the creation and installation of several outdoor pop-up art galleries throughout Milwaukee.

The $12,000 grant to Express Yourself Milwaukee will help the agency create the temporary galleries in vacant lots near Sherman Boulevard and near Mary McLeod Bethune Academy in Washington Park. It will partner with the city, the Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club, Westside Academy II, Sherman Multicultural School, Bethune Academy and Washington Park Partners on the project.

Additional Nohl Fund grants made as a part of the competitive grantmaking process include:

First Stage Children's Theater: $25,000 for the design and construction of a sculpture will be installed at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center in commemoration of the organization's 25th anniversary.

Cardinal Stritch University: $12,000 to expand its Outdoor Contemporary Sculpture Garden by adding a sculpture by Wisconsin artist Nathan Hatch.

Center for Resilient Cities: $12,000 to incorporate arts into the programming offered at Alice's Garden, a two-acre urban garden in Milwaukee's Johnsons Park neighborhood and in partner organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Brown Street Academy and the Hmong Academy.

Jewish Youth Foundation: $12,000 to expand the Creative Enrichment visual arts programming as part of its Friendship Circle of Milwaukee program to reach children and adults with special needs.

TRUE Skool: $12,000 for its two-week Canvass Project and for the revitalization of the mural located on the former Inner City Arts Council building on North Avenue in Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood.

UEC MVP Project: $12,000 to create a large scale, nature-themed mosaic mural, in partnership with artist Leann Wooten and families and youth from the surrounding community, at Urban Ecology Center's new branch in the Menomonee Valley.

Walker's Point Association: $12,000 for a schematic design planning process for the South Second Street corridor, including the first phase of construction of artscaping elements and placemarking signs.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp.: $12,000 to expand the nonprofit's youth programming through an artist-in-residence model. Youth who participate in the 4-H and Garden to Market programs will learn about the relationship of the arts to environment and science and will create a public art project in conjunction with local artist Raoul Deal.

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network: $12,000 for the 2012 season of its visual arts exhibition and critique programs, which include MARNmentors, MARNsalons and a portfolio review program.

Milwaukee Public Theatre: $10,000 to implement community arts programming, through artist-in-residence programs at schools and through public art exhibits, in Walker's Point, Sherman Park, Riverwest/COA, Washington Park and Walnut Way.

Riverworks Development Corp.: $10,000 for a community public art project including a historical community mural and sculptural planters at the gateway intersection of of Martin Luther King Drive, Keefe Avenue, Port Washington Road, Atkinson Avenue and Sixth Street.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $10,000 to help cover the costs of providing scholarships for students who attend its weeklong summer arts camp. The camp is tuition based but will transition toward a scholarship-supported model.

SHARP Literacy: $10,000 for an art program that will teach first graders about pollination and life cycles. Visual artists Sally Duback and Francisco Mora will work with 700 students from 13 Milwaukee schools to create images, which ultimately will be incorporated into a quilt that will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

North Shore Academy of the Arts: $5,000 for 2012 Saturation, a photography-based program that offers art-making sessions for students, free professional development workshops for adults and exhibition of the work of professional, emerging and student artists.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $2,500 toward the creation of a public art piece that will function as a mobile informational kiosk near the Menomonee Valley Passage along the Hank Aaron State Trail.


About the Mary L. Nohl Fund

The Mary L. Nohl Fund was established in 1995 to support local visual arts and arts education programs. Nohl, the renowned local artist who died in 2001, enlarged her fund with a $9.2 million bequest, one of the largest individual gifts in the Foundation's history. Since 2001, the fund has made grants of more than $5 million in support of visual arts and arts education in the metropolitan area.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more than 1,100 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the local charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Started in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world.

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