Arts Immersion

Holly HaebigExpress Yourself Milwaukee introduces young people to the world of music, dance, theater, and visual art, bringing life-changing results.

Using art as a springboard, at-risk youth and young people with mental illness move from alienation to belonging. They learn to express themselves in healthy, positive ways using a variety of creative means, and in the process, discover inner strength and a sense of connection with others.

These children have experienced serious trauma and loss in their lives. Too often, school and family resources are not available, putting them at high-risk for serious long-term difficulties. By igniting the creative spirit, Express Yourself provides valuable life skills for successfully facing life’s challenges.

The beautiful film below, created by Mikal Floyd Pruit, offers a glimpse at the work we do with incarcerated youth at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lakes facilities in Northern Wisconsin:

Unconditional care is central to our therapy-based model. The support we provide builds trust and confidence, and lays a foundation for  meaningful community contribution.

It all comes together each May with a grand performance at The Milwaukee Theatre. The creative works of our young people are celebrated through an inspiring, free performance for friends, family and the community.

For most, it’s a rare experience to have their contributions celebrated in public. For all, it’s proof that art is a powerful tool for connection.

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