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As a supporter of ArtWorks for Milwaukee, you can directly help our teens reach their full potential. There are several ways you can help us create job-ready teens.

Become an Intern

ArtWorks for Milwaukee links professional lead artists with teams of Milwaukee high school students to create community-based works of art and to learn life and career skills. We seek to provide you with the following:

              • Meaningful employment and job training opportunities
                Our goal is to expose you to real-world job experiences so that you can learn the skills necessary to succeed in your career of your choice.
              • Positive mentoring and exposure to workplace diversity
                We hope to provide positive mentoring opportunities for you through interactions with your lead artist, career coach, program assistants, and other program participants. This program is set up for you to learn how to work within a diverse workplace team to achieve personal and team goals.
              • Opportunities to practice artistic techniques and creative problem solving
                You will be exposed to an array of artistic techniques, media, and approaches to help you learn creative problem solving and the other 21st century skills. ArtWorks interns learn life and career skills through the arts. These 21st century skills are some of the most sought-after workplace skills by employers today.

North Basin Art and Gardens Application

April-August 2018


Program description: A 20-week, spring/summer, collaborative, creative-placemaking internship in the neighborhood of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor where MMSD has installed an above ground storm water system providing public green space that will allow amenities including public art and gardens. In a small team setting, interns will gather community input on the design of the art and gardens on the site. Then interns will creatively develop these features, while engaging community members and incorporating their feedback throughout the process. Interns will have a focus on identity, community, and purpose throughout the program. The exact aspects of the art and art installations are to-be-determined based upon the input-gathering sessions.

Interns will have the opportunity to work on both the garden and the arts aspects of the project. There will be multiple days for community input and engagement. Interns will help host the events and represent ArtWorks and community partners, documenting the process all the while.


Dates and Times: The spring portion runs April 1st through May and will be 5 hours a week after and outside of school hours. The summer portion will begin approximately June 1st and continue until mid-August, with 15-20 hours a week, exact schedule to be confirmed.

All interns will attend a day-long Career Coaching event at ManpowerGroup Global HQ in downtown Milwaukee in July – date TBD.


  • Lighthouse Youth Center – 2475 West Roosevelt Drive, Milwaukee 53209
  • North Basin site just west of 30th street at Congress
  • ArtWorks Studios – 207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 600, Milwaukee 53202


Candidate Qualifications:

 No prior art experience or talent is needed, but:

1) A desire and willingness to try is needed,

2) You must be enrolled in a high school in a Milwaukee County for the duration of the program.

3) Teens with a direct connection to the work site will be given preference

Wage: Intern artists are paid $7.50 per hour. There is a performance-based review and opportunity for a raise midway through the program.


Questions: please email keturah@artworksformilwaukee.org

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Be a Volunteer

ArtWorks for Milwaukee is seeking high-performing, dedicated, and self-starting volunteers in a variety of capacities, including those listed on this page. For more information, please contact Trenice at trenice@artworksformilwaukee.org.

Be a Lead Artist

Artworks for Milwaukee has openings from time to time for contracted lead artists to work with teams of 8 to 10 high school interns for internships, which last from 8 to 10 weeks.

Lead Artists serve as an artistic guide and supervisor to the interns, providing employability skills training and evaluations. Lead Artists will be provided with a framework of employability skills to incorporate into the weekly project plan. Experience working with youth, especially teenagers, on a public art project is preferred.

For additional information about upcoming opportunities, please contact Kristen at kristen@artworksformilwaukee.org or call us at (414) 708-9996.

Join our Staff

Artworks for Milwaukee has a small team of people who are passionate about developing youth through the arts. Occasionally, we have openings at ArtWorks. If you are interested in submitting your resume, please email us at director@artworksformilwaukee.org.

Attend an Event

We have a variety of upcoming events, including program unveilings, community events, and fundraising activities.  There are many “day-of” event tasks that we need volunteers to come help with including set-up, take-down, or tasks during the event itself.  We would love to have your help!


ArtWorks’ relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations to hire interns, lead artists and run internships year-round.  Find out about the ways you can support ArtWorks.