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ExYo at the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference

October 10, 2018

ExYo participated in the recent Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference hosted by SaintA, a frequent partner to ExYo, and Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWiM), a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to inspiring collaboration to help Milwaukee…

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Kintsugi: Our 2018-19 Theme

October 9, 2018

Guiding our work this year is Kintsugi — the Japanese art of golden mending, which honors the damage and repairs in an object as part of its history rather than something to disguise. With…

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You’re Invited to Our Annual Open House | December 14

October 9, 2018

Friday, December 14  | 5 – 7 pm Warm your heart on a cold December night! Join us for an Open House filled with delicious snacks and refreshments as well as Good Expressions. Our…

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ExYoMKE Mural Collaboration Unveiled Throughout Milwaukee

October 9, 2018

Appearing in locations throughout Milwaukee are a series of seven murals we developed in collaboration over the past year. Led by ExYo artists Ammar Nsoroma and Allison Munson, this project is a collaboration between Express…

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ExYoMKE Bees on Exhibit at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center!

October 6, 2018

You may have heard of the Japanese legend that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish from the gods. Inspired by that, we set about creating 1,000 bees —…

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A New Season of Good EATS!

October 1, 2018

Friday, October 12  | 5 – 7 pm Join us for the first Good EATS (Expressions At The Studio) of the season! The evening will be hosted by Kavon Cortez-Jones, with performances by D’ovieon…

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We’re a Milwaukee Film Festival Community Partner!

September 30, 2018

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Milwaukee Film Festival! We’re excited to be a Community Partner for “My Name is Myeisha,” part of the Teen Screen program — a series of films selected by…

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Welcome, Tuyet!

September 2, 2018

Many in the Express Yourself Milwaukee community may already know Tuyet Vance, a frequent volunteer with ExYo since 2008 and member of the Board of Directors since 2016. This summer, we were thrilled to…

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ExYoMKE performs in MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Showcase

June 15, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee was proud to participate in a showcase of partner organizations in Milwaukee Public Schools’ Partnership for the Arts and Humanities in May. ExYoMKE’s ukelele group represented us with a special performance…

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WUWM visits with ExYoMKE at Bethune Academy

May 20, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee’s ukelele band was visited by WUWM reporter Mayaan Silver as they rehearsed for Move It! — 2018’s showcase performance at the Miller High Life Theatre. ExYo artists Dena Aronson and John…

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Arts Intern Infinity Guiterrez discusses Move It on WISN Channel 12

May 14, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee Arts Intern Infinity Guiterrez joined Executive Director Lori Vance in the WISN Channel 12 studio to talk about Move It! Check it out right here. Come on out to see Infinity…

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ExYoMKE Arts Assistant, Demetrius Guilliford, Shares his Story with TMJ4

May 11, 2018

When he was a 16-year old student at Milwaukee’s New School for Community Service, Demetrius Guilliford started participating in Express Yourself Milwaukee’s after-school program. Today, “Meech” is on staff with ExYoMKE as an Arts…

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Get ready for MOVE IT!

April 24, 2018

With Special Guest Artists Speech, Klassik, Cammie Griffin and Justin Myles Join us MAY 17, 2018 – 6:30 PM MILLER HIGH LIFE THEATRE (formerly Milwaukee Theatre) Pre-show reception from 5:30 – 6:15 pm  …

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Annual Gala to Benefit Milwaukee’s At-Risk Youth

January 4, 2018

Let’s Move It for ExYo! Friends and supporters will gather together Friday, February 9 for a fun and festive evening to benefit Milwaukee’s at-risk youth. We’ll Move It to the Latin-inspired rhythms of Milwaukee favorites De la…

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Express Yourself Mke’s Annual Open House – Friday, December 8th

November 21, 2017

You’re invited to an evening of art making and celebration at the Express Yourself Studio! It’s a great opportunity to tour the NEW studio, meet our artists and get a sneak-peek of our work-in-progress…

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SOUL Engages our Largest Audience To Date!

May 9, 2017

Thanks to all who joined us for SOUL at the Historic Milwaukee Theater on May 4th! The supportive and enthusiastic crowd helped to make it an incredibly special evening for all of our performers….

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CBS 58 visits with ExYo at Neeskara School

March 21, 2017

CBS 58’s Michael Schlesinger spent a bit of time with Express Yourself during their weekly visit to Neeskara School as they were preparing for our annual performance at the Historic Milwaukee Theatre. Click here…

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Save the date for SOUL!

January 1, 2017

Each year Express Yourself gathers together over 150 young people and special guests for our inspiring annual performance, and the date has been set for the next show: Thursday, May 4, 2017. It’s an…

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Over 150 ExYo Performers “Illuminated” the Milwaukee Theatre!

May 24, 2016

What a night! Thanks to everyone who helped make our show on May 12 an unqualified success for everyone involved. Those of you who joined us in the audience know that from beginning to…

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December 1 is Giving Tuesday!

November 15, 2015

The holiday season seems to come around more quickly with each passing year. This year, we’re excited to be part of Giving Tuesday by offering a way to give more meaningful holiday gifts. We…

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Images of Leadership: in Partnership with ArtWorks Milwaukee

November 15, 2015

After last year’s successful pilot, EXYOMKE is proud to partner again with ArtWorks Milwaukee on Images of Leadership, a project directly supported by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This…

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Luminary Tree

November 13, 2015

Our own Martina Patterson was interviewed by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service while making “Luminary Trees” — part of our Illuminate theme for this year. Give a listen!

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From STEP UP to Illuminate!

July 21, 2015

Each year we pick a theme to guide our work and explore ways to make a positive contribution to our community. We’re happy to announce our them for this year is Illuminate! We think…

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New Partnerships

July 21, 2015

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with The Nehemiah Project, a non-profit, youth-focused organization that promotes the physical and emotional well-being of youth through psychological, educational, leadership and transitional living services. EXYOMKE is offering weekly evening…

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New Faces!

July 21, 2015

Welcome to our newest Board member, Michael Roach! A Milwaukee native, Michael is a Human Resources Consultant at Northwestern Mutual. Both professionally and personally, Michael has taken an active role in influencing and mentoring…

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We’re nominated for a MANDI Award!

March 19, 2015

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) highlight the unsung heroes working hard to revitalize Milwaukee’s most distressed urban neighborhoods, and Express Yourself Milwaukee is thrilled to be among the nominees for 2015!…

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Vulnerable youths find paths to self-expression at EXYOMKE

March 18, 2015

Milwaukee’s Neighborhood News Service featured Express Yourself Milwaukee in an article that’s part of a series highlighting the 2015 MANDI nominees. It’s a nice overview of our work, and the article can be read…

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Express Yourself on Lake Effect!

March 6, 2015

What an honor it was for Lori Vance, our Co-Executive Director, to sit down with Bonnie North, one of the hosts of WUWM’s Lake Effect. Bonnie also spoke with poet and author Jimmy Santiago…

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Writing Workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca

February 11, 2015

Express Yourself is pleased to announce a Writing Workshop with internationally-acclaimed, award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. Friday, March 6 – 10am to noon at Running Rebels, 1300A W. Fond du Lac Avenue This event…

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A Place to Stand – Oriental Theater March 5

February 9, 2015

A Place to Stand  |  Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Oriental Theater, 2230 N. Farwell Avenue Purchase tickets in advance. Tickets: $15; Students $10 with ID Presented in partnership with Bader Philanthropies, Inc…

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Express Yourself Milwaukee welcomes Jimmy Santiago Baca

February 7, 2015

Express Yourself Milwaukee, in partnership with Bader Philanthropies and Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, is pleased to welcome award-winning author and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca to Milwaukee March 3-6, 2015. A recipient of the…

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It’s the Express Yourself Open House – Friday, December 12

December 1, 2014

You’re invited to an evening of art making and celebration at the Express Yourself Studio. It’s a great opportunity to tour the studio, meet our artists and get a sneak-peek of our work-in-progress for…

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Daisy Bouman Steps Up to Co-Director of Express Yourself Milwaukee

October 20, 2014

We’re excited to announce that Daisy Bouman is stepping up to Co-Director where she’ll share her role with our founder, Lori Vance. Daisy joined us in 2004, and has since filled both artistic and…

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A Big Express Yourself Welcome to New Artistic Staff

October 10, 2014

We’re pleased to welcome six new artists to the Express Yourself Milwaukee team! Bringing fresh energy and talent to our artistic team are hip hop artist Adebisi Agoro, drummer Cecilio Negron Jr., and visual…

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Expanding Our Reach

September 30, 2014

We’re happy to announce that Barb Wesson has moved from our Artistic Team to our Leadership Team. Barb, a PhD candidate, will put her community health expertise to work in her new role as…

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Stone Circle Honors the Legacies of Those Who Have Passed

September 25, 2014

Our theme, “Step UP,” guided our work this summer with the creation of a stone circle, inspired by the work of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. With a grant from the Washington Park Partners and the…

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A Summer Residency with Cammie Griffin

September 15, 2014

We were thrilled to have Cammie Griffin from STOMP with us once again for a summer residency, working with our youth. Perhaps you were one of the lucky folks able to see Cammie, our…

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