RUACH, a Milwaukee-based Jewish arts and music organization, is offering the annual Sherman Park Arts Festival Community Arts Day virtually this year, in collaboration with several neighborhood partners.
This free program will launch Sunday, March 14, 2021, and will be available on-demand through Friday, March 26, 2021.
This year’s festival will feature a series of online presentations by artist-educators, including Yaffa Karan, Thomas McKinney, Gavi Slutzkin, and Adria Willenson. RUACH will provide free kits of materials so that participants can follow along at home with a variety of projects, for example, using conté pencils, creating foil or pastel bookmarks, painting, and journaling.
Culturally rich Sherman Park is one of Milwaukee’s most diverse communities, according to a news release. Like many such neighborhoods, it faces educational, income, safety and health care challenges. Each year, the Sherman Park Arts Festival brings Sherman Park neighbors together to create and engage in art in order to help strengthen and unite the community.
The 2021 program will be the third in the Sherman Park Arts Festival history, with the 2020 Festival canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Though the 2021 program will certainly look different, and even though we will be apart, we hope that we can still feel a sense of unity through these projects,” said RUACH Executive Director, Josh Richman. “Sherman Park is RUACH’s home, and we are honored to play our part in helping to create an even stronger, more vibrant community.”
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Photo: Yehuda Metzger and David Becker, an artist educator, talked at the 2019 Sherman Park Arts Festival Community Arts Day. It was held at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in Sherman Park.