Monday, December 12, 2011

Program Week 8 by: Ramon Martinez and McKena Loomis

Week 7 - Monday - We worked on our posters, we were figuring out the colors that we were going to use on our posters, and some people finished drawing their posters.

Thursday - We presented final drafts to co-workers to gain feedback. We finished all drawings.

Friday - We went to the Art Institute. We finished all of our designs with slogan's on them.

Week 8 - Monday - Each intern will received another performance evaluation from the Lead Artist. We will write thank you cards for our Career Coaches. Complete written marketing assignment and final step of Goal Setting Exercise.

Thursday - Talk about the process, what we like and what we didn't like and what we would do differently next time. Discuss crime/violence with each other, what we learned if we didn't already know, and what can you do in your community about the crime/violence topic that you picked. Create typed Artist Statement.

Friday - We are presenting our final posters to an variety of people including program funders, collaborators and special guest.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Program Week # 7 By : Samantha Gleason

Last week, our team accomplished the following :

1. We came up with groups and combined our ideas to make 3 to 4 poster ideas, which allowed us to work on our communication and collaboration skills.
2. We than sketched out our ideas, which allowed us to work on giving and receiving feedback.
3. We went to Art Institute and started to work on our final drafts of the posters.

This week, our team is going to accomplish the following :

1. We will be adding the finishing touches on our posters, which helps us again on our communication and collaboration skills.
2.We will be coming up with the colors of our posters.
3. We will be finishing our posters on photo shop at the Art Institute.

Personal Feedback :

This program has helped me stay more organized and on track.

Also I thought the job would've been hard to do, but once I got into it and learned what we were making, it was pretty easy after all.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Program week #5, By: Aaron Cotton

LAST WEEK, our team accomplished the following:
1. We met individually with our career coaches to discuss certain topics such as: money matters (a discusion of budgeting), Resume writing, and practice interviewing.
2.We presented our sketches and ideas to an audience to further develop them and also to take and give feed back.
3. We went to the computer lab at the Art Institute of Wisconsin to start our final draft posters.

THIS WEEK, our team will accomplish the following:
1. Meet with career coaches and discuss our third topics.
2. The interns will bring together any ideas, logos, artwork, text, designs, etc that are needed in the final draft.
3. Last, but not least, we meet at AI again to work more on Photoshop and Illustrator to work on our final drafts.

Intern Kenisha presents her design concepts

 Intern Ramon presents his design concepts

 Intern Samm presents her design concepts
 Intern Vincent presents his design concepts
Intern McKenna presents her design concepts (and actually has a smile on her face!)
 Intern Aaron presents his design concepts
 Intern Domonique presents his design concepts
Intern Rose presents her design concepts
ArtWorks Interns would like to thank Safe & Sound and "Crime Strategy Initiative" Youth from the United Community Center for participating!

PERSONAL FEEDBACK: I enjoy this internship. It allows me to be creative and still provides guidelines.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Program Week# 4, by: Ana Rose Rodriguez

LAST WEEK, our team accomplished the following:
1. All of the interns went through their final performance evaluations to discuss our growth, goals, and things we still need to work on.
2.We then reviewed our performance goal worksheets we completed on our first week and completed our feedback exercise worksheets.
3. Then we all continued to work on our sketches for our posters at AI and tried to improve our photoshop skills.

THIS WEEK, our team will accomplish the following:
1. Meet with career coaches and discuss our second topics.
2. The interns will present their sketches to our customer at Safe Messages.
3. Finally we meet at AI again to work more on Photoshop, improving our skills, and learning more things.

PERSONAL FEEDBACK: I love being an intern at Artworks for Milwaukee. Its been a great experience so far and i learn more and more everyday.

                 Intern Rose works with her ManpowerGroup Career Coach Kelly McAvoy

Intern Domonique works with his ManpowerGroup Career Coach Nanji Chandra

Intern Samm works with her ManpowerGroup Career Coach Mali Gupta

Intern Rose sketches out an idea

ArtWorks Interns are so thankful to the Art Institute of Wisconsin for letting them use their state-of-the-art design computer lab. They meet there every Friday to work on their poster designs.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Last week, our team accomplished the following tasks:

Monday: The interns met with their career coaches at ArtWorks to discuss topic # 1 of their choice.
Skills: Professionalism

Thursday : The crew met up at ArtWorks, for a little brainstorming on our ideas/ sketches / collages for our design concepts. Skills: Creativity

Friday: We met at the Art Institute to get started on our rough draft for the posters.
Skills: Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator

I think the program is great, because I feel it has the potential to inspire youth to turn their lives around.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Career Coaching Session #1: 10/31/2011

Kelly McAvoy meets with her Intern, Rose R.
Intern Vincent L. and Ryan Hellpap pause for a pose.
Coach veteran Sue Huhn works with Aaron C. on career exploration.
Interns Ramon M. and Domonique W. wait for their coaches to arrive with Lead Artist Jon Brown.
Mali Gupta talks it through with Intern Samm G.

Below: Coaching program Coordinator Stan Ho gives us his best "look of evil" for Halloween!

Program Week # 2 by: Kenisha M.

Last week our team accomplished the following:
Monday: The ArtWorks Interns met with our career coaches at ManpowerGroup. They kicked it off by throwing us a pizza party, and we played icebreakers to get to know each other. This task helped us with the skill of working together.

Thursday: The team met back at ArtWorks to discuss ideas about how and who to contact when there is crime and violence going on in the neighborhood. We also were given our first feedback about our performance, when Jon reviewed with us our high and low points on the job. This skill helped us with giving and receiving feedback.

Friday: The Interns met at Art Institute, where we learned how to use a new design program called Illustrator which  we will combine with our Photoshop skills.

This week, our team is going to accomplish the following:
Monday: We will meet with our Career Coaches for topic #1, which will allow us to practice professionalism and collaboration.

Thursday: We will share the crime & violence topic that we picked, we will brainstorm ideas/sketches/collages/etc. of design concepts for this topic, and we will share the questions we will create for the leader in our neighborhood. This will help with creativity & innovation skills, and will get us another point of view about crime & violence in our neighborhoods.

Friday: We will meet back at Art Institute to begin our first draft of our graphic posters, and we will have to present our concept and get feedback about it. That will help with the collaboration skills.

I like the program so far. I like the message its trying to send to the teens.
 Kenisha blogging this post!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Program week # 1 by Domonique W.

Last Week, our team accomplished:
  1. Monday we did an Ice Breaker called the Human Knot. But we couldn't get the problem solved: It turned out to be the number eight. That helped us with our communication and collaboration skills even though we got it wrong. We'll try it again.
  2. Thursday we shared our drugs/violence stories with one another. This helped us sketch out our posters and slogans. We then had a critique on each others ideas.
  3. Friday was our first trip to the Art Institute to practice on Photoshop. For most of us, it was our first time with the software. But some of us were already experienced with Photoshop. Nigeria and Toni were two volunteers from C2Graphics who were more advanced in the program. They were a big help to us.

Week 1: Art Institute of Wisconsin & ManpowerGroup Career Coaching

 The Intern Team @ The Art Institute of Wisconsin. From left: Samm G., Ramon M., Vincent L., Rose R., Aaron C., McKenna L., and Kenisha M. (Not pictured: Domonique W.)
 In the design lab at The Art Institute, learning Photoshop

 Lead Artist Jon Brown with C2 Graphics volunteers Toni (left) and Nigeria (right) work together to teach Photoshop to ArtWorks Interns.

 At ManpowerGroup for the Career Coaching Meet & Greet, led by Pam Brown.
 Pairings of ArtWorks Interns and volunteer Career Coaches were unveiled and the teams rearranged themselves to sit together.

 ArtWorks Intern Vincent L and his ManpowerGroup Career Coach Ryan Hellpap.
 Career Coach Nanji Chandra and his Intern Domonique W. 
Career Coaching Program Coordinator Stan Ho looks on.
 Intern Samm G. (finally!) tolerates a photo with her Manpower Career Coach Mali Gupta.
Pam Brown presents "A Brand Called....YOU!" to the team.
"What can employers count on you CONSISTENTLY to be"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Congratulations to the Intern Team!

153 candidates applied for 8 positions. Congratulations to the Intern team!
1. Aaron C., Shalom High School
2. Samantha G., Ronald Reagan High School
3. McKenna L., Grandview High School
4. Vincent L., South Division High School
5. Ramon M., Tenor High School
6. Kenisha M., Bay View High School
7. Rose R., Grandview High School
8. Domonique W., MATC Adult High School

Program Description:
Thanks to the support of Safe & Sound, ArtWorks will partner with The Art Institute of Wisconsin & C2Graphics in fall 2011 to offer a graphic design program to underserved high school Interns. Under the direction and planning of Lead Artist Jon Brown, Interns will
1. Learn about crime and violence issues that face the 53204 neighborhood (where ArtWorks is physically located) through internet research, advice solicited from a community leader in your neighborhood, and personal experience sharing, all organized by the Lead Artist.
2. Based on themes of information that the Interns identify, they will pick an anti-crime/violence topic from an identified list (Gangs, Guns, Drugs, Youth Violence, etc.)
3. The Interns will work as a team to brainstorm ideas to design various images and slogans to combat the theme they selected, with the audience being their peers and younger youth in the community.
4. These designs will then be used to create a series of print-ready crime intervention posters at the Art Institute’s design lab during a series of 8 Friday night visits. These posters will be printed and distributed to locations throughout the city that serve youth.
While adults do a lot of hard work to deter young people from going down the wrong path, we believe messages created by young people and for young people will be much more effective in encouraging positive change.
omonique W., MATC Adult High School