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Mary L. Nohl Fund supports Latino history mural

Grant part of $134,000 to visual arts programs during second quarter

By - Jul 2nd, 2013 04:09 pm

The history of Latinos in Waukesha will be brought to life through a large outdoor mural, thanks to a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.

The $15,000 grant supports a canvas and mural project to be led by well-known muralist and local artist Reynaldo Hernandez. A 20 foot by 100 foot mural will extend along the perimeter of La Casa de Esperanza’s building. Hernandez and other local artists will work with young people on the mural project and they also will create additional canvases for display at Fiesta Waukesha, La Casa’s annual three-day music and cultural festival.

The Foundation awarded a total of $134,000 to 14 visual arts programs during the second quarter from the Mary L. Nohl Fund. Additional grants include:

COA Youth & Family Centers: $12,000 for a yearlong visual arts program for at-risk youth at COA’s Riverwest and Goldin centers that will be led by Vedale Hill, a Riverwest resident and former COA Youth & Family Center participant.

Express Yourself Milwaukee: $12,000 for a yearlong artist-in-residence program that will involve 400 to 600 fourth through twelfth graders in community engagement through the arts, and will result in the design of a set for EYM’s culminating performance in May 2014. Set designer David Minkoff, who was responsible for the design of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among other First Stage productions, will be the guest artist.

Milwaukee Art Museum: $12,000 for the summer component of its teen education program, ArtXpress, which gives juniors and seniors from 10 Milwaukee high schools an intensive, hands-on studio experience in the visual arts. The program’s curriculum will be based off of 30 Americans, the museum’s exhibition that explores the work of 30 of the most significant African American artists of the past three decades.

Museum of Wisconsin Art: $12,000 to support the 2013-2014 “Wisconsin History and Visual Arts” school tour program, which works with fourth grade students from Milwaukee Public Schools as well as from the West Bend and Slinger school districts.

Milwaukee Public Theatre: $10,000 for its Cultivating Community Through Public Art program. Through this initiative, MPT will collaborate with Journey House in an exploration of the themes of healthy food, gardening and sustainability through art workshops in Milwaukee neighborhoods considered “food insecure.”

Port Washington Saukville Arts Council: $10,000 to help launch its Boerner Building Artist in Residence Program in a newly renovated building in downtown Port Washington.

The Friendship Circle: $10,000 to expand the visual arts element of the Creative Enrichment Project, which allows individuals with special needs to explore their creativity under the guidance of an experienced art educator and the support of teen mentors.

RUACH: $10,000 for the visual arts portion of Project: VITAL (Values in the Arts & Life), a project that uses the arts to explore positive values intrinsic to Jewish culture that also are universally prized.

Our Next Generation: $7,500 for a series of art workshops for elementary, middle and high school students led by ceramic artist Muneer Bauhauddeen and other local visual artists. As part of the workshops, students will be collaborating on Little Free Libraries that will be installed at multiple locations throughout Milwaukee.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $7,500 for second year support to help cover costs of providing scholarships for students attending its weeklong arts camp. The camp serves kindergarten through fifth grade children from Milwaukee and Waukesha.

Milwaukee Artists Resource Network: $6,000 for MARNsalons, a professional development and exhibition series that connects local visual artists, curators, critics and other art professionals.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: $5,000 for On Stage Art, a collaboration with First Stage Theatre as a part of its free monthly Neighborhood Night programming. Through the collaboration, First Stage artists will work with children and families to create visual arts elements, such as costume and props that will be incorporated into the museum’s It’s Artastic arts education exhibit.

HeartLove Place: $5,000 to work with local artist Reynaldo Hernandez on an eight-week summer enrichment program called Art from the Heart. Twenty youth will participate and their artwork will be on display in August at HeartLove’s Back to School Rally.


The Mary L. Nohl Fund was created in 1995 to support local visual arts and arts education programs. Mary L. 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 $5.7 million in support of visual arts and arts education in the metropolitan area.


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.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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