Milwaukee Public Schools
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MPS student-produced exhibit honors memories of city’s Bronzeville neighborhood

Standing on Their Shoulders: Memories of Bronzeville, presented by KnowThyself, opens Thursday with reception at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts

By - Mar 7th, 2013 10:15 am

MILWAUKEE (March 7, 2013) – A student-produced exhibit opening Thursday at Milwaukee Public SchoolsMilwaukee High School of the Arts honors the memory of the city’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Standing on Their Shoulders: Memories of Bronzeville, presented by KnowThyself, features murals, essays, photographs and recorded interviews that highlight Bronzeville, the economic and cultural center of Milwaukee’s African-American community from the early 1900s to the middle of the 20th century.

The exhibit opens to the public with a reception Thursday from 4:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. at MHSA, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233. MHSA jazz musicians and the MHSA Choral Jazz Ensemble will perform music from the period. Public access to the show will continue on school days through March 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. only.

Funding for the exhibit comes from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and KnowThyself, a character development and creative expression program for MPS middle and high school students in 10 schools.

Photographer Paul Calhoun directed the exhibit, which features the work of MHSA students and contributions from radio producer Ben Calhoun, artist Brad Anthony Bernard, MHSA English teacher Kate DeLutio, jazz singer Adekola Adedapo and Wisconsin Black Historical Society Director Clayborn Benson.

For more information about the exhibit or to learn more about Know Thyself, contact Maura Fitzgerald at (414) 803-4499. Media interested in attending can contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675.

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.

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