ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Job Training

Location: ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Inc. 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 600 Milwaukee WI 53202 USA

Mission: Inspiring local teens to create positive change in their lives and in our community. We believe: - Engaging teens in the arts empowers them to successfully achieve their goals and believe in themselves - Teaching life and career skills creates marketable teens and prepares them for future success - Broadening the perspectives of ArtWorks Interns motivates them to make a difference Our vision is a community that is sustained by creative, motivated teens who positively contribute to our thriving city.
Results: Since 2007*: - 127 Interns (77%) successfully completed our internships since 2007. - 65 (100% of responding) Interns graduated from high school or are still attending. - 16 (25%) Interns entered post-secondary education. - 23 (35%) Interns secured a job after their ArtWorks internship. - Of this group, 20 (87%) were still employed at the point of contact. *Statistics from responding Interns, 2007 - present. (52% response rate)
Target demographics: ArtWorks exclusively targets Milwaukee County teens that already face barriers to employment:- Teens that under perform in high school: these students have low GPA's and/or may drop out, despite having the capacity to graduate. At ArtWorks, we teach them that earning a high school diploma is crucial to building a future of success.- Teens with disabilities: these teens face inherent barriers due to misperceptions about their abilities. At ArtWorks, we teach out interns to overcome these barriers. - Teens that lack community connections: these young people, through no fault of their own, lack access to employment networks needed for success. At ArtWorks, we provide our Interns mentoring opportunities with ArtWorks’ staff, Lead Artists, and volunteer Career Coaches that can open doors for them and increase their chances of success.
Geographic areas served: Milwaukee County
Programs: We offer eight-week programs three times per year: Spring (March–April), Summer (July–August) and Fall (October–November). Each program hires a total of eight Interns, and they work ten hours per week in the Spring and Fall programs—twenty hours per week in the Summer—thereby allowing them enough time to complete school work. Why the Arts? We leverage a very powerful tool by using the Arts to engage youth in creative ways that might otherwise be difficult to reach. The Arts provide opportunities for the wide variety of youth we serve to be successful, no matter their learning style, disability status, or level of artistic ability. Our Interns do not need prior artistic training to participate in our programs, and they learn they can become valuable contributors to their teams, and that they can accomplish more than they ever thought they could by following step-by-step guidance provided by their Lead Artist. Additionally, young people enjoy performing the creative work that their internships require, and as a result they are more engaged in the employability training experiences we provide. Our programs ask the Interns to explore who they are, where they come from, and what they believe, and they experience a real sense of pride in creating original pieces of art work. 21st Century Skills: ArtWorks’ programming is rooted in The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing necessary workplace skills into education. This national organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for education that ensures every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. Each Lead Artist undergoes robust training in the 21st century skills to effectively integrate them into their art curriculum. All Interns who participate in ArtWorks programs are exposed to the 21st Century Skills during every work shift.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee helps the kids accepted into the program (interns) get the basic job skills many of us take for granted. As someone with a creative background the use of art projects as a vehicle to gain the interns interest and keep them motivated was what attracted me to volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had another very positive year at ArtWorks for Milwaukee! One of the highlights of the year was that I was able to volunteer as a career coach during one of our internship programs. During that experience I met with two interns to work through career exploration, resume writing, and interviewing workshops. What a great opportunity for high school students to really start thinking about the future/what they would like to be doing after high school. It was rewarding experience to talk through these topics with the two interns and very fun to see them get excited & gain confidence about their future careers!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Was this review helpful? 
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is filled with dedicated volunteers on the board and committees. In my experience over the past year I have been so impressed with the energy from all these volunteers that it motivates me to continue to dedicate as much as I can give. Meetings are filled with great ideas, brainstorming, and detailed planning to make sure that everything our organization does is to 100%. The most rewarding part about this volunteer experience is seeing the interns that have come through the program gaining a lot of confidence in themselves through the 8 week art internship. Helping young high school students gain confidence and be proud to present their work is such an important experience that we need to continue to offer to more and more Milwaukee teens.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is an outstanding nonprofit filled with exceptional people with extraordinary stories. Working along side the ArtWorks team has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for me. Talking with the interns about both their personal struggles and their goals for a better future is something I will always hold near and dear. The best part about ArtWorks is that the hard work, dedication and positivity that our interns express during their time at ArtWorks spreads throughout their communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I've thoroughly enjoyed my involvement at ArtWorks for Milwaukee. I've seen firsthand how this unique program empowers teens and gives them more confidence in their skills and abilities. I only wish that we were able to serve a greater number of teens throughout the year.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is making a unique and profound difference in the lives of at-risk youth in our community -- preparing them for a future in the world of work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I sit on the Governance Committee and am excited about the programs growth and development every time I attend. I hope to see the organization progress so that talented children in central city Milwaukee have a safe venue to express their art.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee not only changes the lives of high potential teens, but it's changed mine as well. Over the last 4 years I've volunteered and it never ceases to amaze me, the positive change you see within the teens from when they first start their internship to the day they're proudly unveiling their masterpieces. The evident positive change in self confidence, attitude and overall communication of life and career goals within the local teens that are hired at ArtWorks is what makes me an ArtWorks advocate. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and community partners for supporting such a great organization!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

The opportunities offered by ArtWorks to the youth of Milwaukee is invaluable. The young people in this program learn important job skills that will serve them for a lifetime. I have been privileged to work with some of these youth over the past few years. I find all of the young people engaging and yearning to learn. ArtWorks gives them the ability to experience success and give them a sense of pride in the work that they do. This helps set these young people up for success in other areas in their lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee provides something that is desperately needed by Milwaukee's underserved youth - opportunity and hope! The world of work has changed so drastically, and it has become even more critically important that individuals entering the workplace have basic skills. Through our programs, the interns learn how to effectively engage with one another, how to accept and provide feedback, and how to meet the expectations of their employers. We are so proud of each and everyone of our interns, especially as we see them give back to ArtWorks and to our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

ArtWorks for Milwaukee focuses on giving the youth in my community the ability to be creative while learning valuable life and career skills. I am proud of each intern, and watching them grow and develop their job skills and work in team environments inspires me. I know that this organization is helping the local youth in our community, and I am honored to be a part of their success.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful?