Arts at Large is the recipient of FCI’s Game Changer Grant in Marchry

March 22, 2018
Donald Harris

Milwaukee-based Arts@Large is a dynamic educational organization that connects arts to academic learning and social justice for nearly 10,000 Milwaukee Public School students. Teri Sullivan, Founder, and CEO said, “Arts&Large is committed to bringing the arts and making it accessible to every student in the Greater Milwaukee community.”In 2017, Arts&Large started the Fabric of Milwaukee, a peacemaking initiative that focuses on Milwaukee’s growing immigrant and refugee student population. At numbers reaching 8,000 in the Milwaukee Public Schools, these students often report experiences of bullying, harassment, and depression.The Fabric of Milwaukee 10-week initiative provides students with opportunities to celebrate cultures and honor the diversity in Milwaukee’s schools. It gives young immigrants and refugees a chance to network with peers outside of the classroom and build systems of support that displace feelings of being alone in a new country.Through the Fabric of Milwaukee, students interact with artists who express their own lived immigrant experiences through their art. In turn, students have a chance to share their personal experiences through journaling, scripting and spoken word, giving them the opportunity to build confidence and tell compelling stories.