What is the Urban Youth Literary Arts Program?

For 17 years the Urban Youth Literary Arts Program has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools and youth-enrichment organizations like UWM Talent Search to bring multi-arts education to students who may not otherwise have access to it. With our strong network of artists and writers developed over the years, we are able to offer hands-on, multi-arts education year-round.

The UYLAP provides year-round humanities, arts, and literature programming to MPS students. The UYLAP currently serves Franklin Pierce Elementary School and Hopkins Lloyd Community School students during community learning center hours throughout the school year and in the summer.  In a series of themed projects that build upon one another, students read and discuss literature and create writing and artwork pertaining to multiple topics in the humanities exploring identity, heritage, and culture. The UYLAP also host inter-arts summer poetry camp. Camps include meals, workshops, guest artists, field trips and a student led community poetry reading.

Please check back on the blog each week to view updates on current projects.

The following links will give you and idea of past UYLAP projects:

Pictures from Week 1 of the 2015 Summer Camp with an original song written and recorded by the students with the help of The Figureheads.

Pictures from Week 2 of the 2015 Summer Camp with an original song written and recorded by the students with the help of The Figureheads.

Original song and music video produced and edited by Nikki Janzen.

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IMG_0483 IMG_0153 IMG_0213The Urban Youth Literary Arts Program is funded by the Milwaukee Public Schools Partnerships for the Arts and Humanities and the Milwaukee Community Development Block Grant.

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