MPS student art shown alongside work from 180 international artists at Lakefront Festival of Arts

MILWAUKEE  – The work of student artists from Milwaukee Public Schools will stand alongside pieces created by 180 artists from around the world as the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lakefront Festival of Arts, presented by Quad/Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine, kicks off at noon Friday.

“It’s great to see the hard work of our students showcased right next to the work of professionals,” said Kim Abler, MPS art curriculum specialist. “When I walk around Lakefront Festival of Arts, people are always buzzing about our student art.”

Eleven students from MPS’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School created French-themed posters for LFOA to coincide Milwaukee Art Museum’s Posters of Parisexhibition.

French-themed posters designed by MPS' Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School students on display at Lakefront Festival of Arts

French-themed posters designed by MPS' Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School students on display at Lakefront Festival of Arts

MPS will also offer an interactive French architecture experience, books courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and student performances for festival-goers. Scheduled performances include a Turkish dance performance, string musicians, a jazz band and martial artists. Details are below.

“We’re committed to the arts and grateful for the opportunity to celebrate that commitment at Lakefront Festival of Arts,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. He thanked the partners making the district’s presence possible, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, PNC Bank, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Safe Schools Healthy Students.

Milwaukee Public Schools officials will also be on hand to register families for the coming school year. Space is still available in a number of schools in the district, which has seen 10 percentage-point growth in math proficiency over the last six years along with higher ACT scores and graduation rate that has risen 17 percentage points since 1999-2000. Twenty-eight MPS schools are now roughly at or above state average proficiency in reading; 26 MPS schools do the same in mathematics. Academic achievement growth is expected to continue thanks to comprehensive literacy and math/science plans aligned to the rigorous new Common Core State Standards.

The posters will be on display along Lincoln Memorial Drive in front of the museum throughout the event (Friday: Noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The MPS booth – and the performance stage – are just northeast of Lincoln Memorial Drive and Michigan Street. Scheduled Saturday performances include ‘Magnificent Performing Strings’ from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Hamilton High School’s Turkish Folk Dancers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; a Tae Kwon Do demonstration from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and martial arts/dance/healing art from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reagan High School Jazz Band is set to perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.