Mission: Redline milwaukee is an arts and culture incubator located in a depressed and transitional neighborhood in downtown milwaukee, wisconsin. The mission of redline milwaukee is to serve the community through arts and educational programs with access to all by creating a non-threatening cultural environment. Redline milwaukee offers a multi-layered program including three specific areas of programming: professional artist in residence development, exhibition programming, and educational programming.
Programs: Professional artist in residence development: redline affords 16 professional resident artist in various stages of their careers, studio space. The space is provided to the artists at a charge of $200. 00 per month, plus 4 hours of community service per month to be provided by the artist. Market rent is approximately $500. 00 per month. In additions, 6 mentoring artists work on site. Each artist contributes 2 hours of community service per wee, or 8 hours per month, to the surrounding neighborhood as a condition of retaining his or her studio space. Redline milwaukee does not accept payment of commissions or fees from the sale of artists' work. Redline milwaukee also houses a teen outreach studio, giving 4-5 teens studio space while being mentored by a resident artist.
exhibitions program: an exhibition hall serves to give the artists exhibition and curatorial experience, as well as bring cutting edge art exhibitions to milwaukee. 2-4 visiting artists are in house yearly, who stay at anywhere from 3 days to 3 months, generally 1-2 weeks. The vising artists works and exhibit with the redline artists. Visiting artist work with and teach in the community as well. All exhibitions contain a social justice or socially relevant content acting as a cornerstone for the organization's education programs, thereby education the public.
education program: teacher training, as well as educational and outreach programs, are run in the classroom spaces at redline milwaukee. All ages are included in the education programming. The educational programming includes: 1) teaching creative processes and problem solving that can be used in community and corporate environments to student teachers. 2) teaching art education, including art history, and art appreciation at the elementary school level. 3) teens learn from professional artists in the building, have conversations that incorporate social justice (e. G. , homeless, political, economic tolerance), and learn professional job skills, career readiness and post-secondary educational readiness.
As a founding member of RedLine Milwaukee I have seen the organization develop since day one. In three short years I have seen proof of what art and education can foster. Through residency, education, outreach, and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on social justice, participating artists, students, and community members can be inspired and groomed into new generations of cultural and civic transformers. Community reception has been marked by thousands of volunteer hours and support can be measured by the number of organizations already supporting RedLine, including the NEA, The Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Arts Board. With attendance growth and participation, the Milwaukee community has made it clear that RedLine is wanted, needed, and here to stay.