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Founded in 2001, ArtWorks for Milwaukee is actively growing and increasing its impact on our city’s youth.  ArtWorks uses arts-based internships to engage teens in reaching their potential by developing transferable job  skills, which are critical in today’s workplace.  

Over the past two decades, over 1,450 high school students have participated in ArtWorks’ programs that encourage development and practice in professionalism, collaboration, leadership, accountability, and other soft skills. 

2022 marks ArtWorks’ 21 years of providing teens with employment.  We’re seeking community leaders to join our Board of Directors with expertise and networks in human resources, law, fundraising, finance and accounting, marketing and public relations, event planning, program development and evaluation, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and the arts, youth and community development.

Board Directors serve two-year terms and demonstrate a passion for ArtWorks’ mission: 

Preparing youth for tomorrow by providing transferable career skills through art internships today.” 

The ArtWorks’ Board is very much a working board with bi-monthly meetings (third Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m.), committee service, and project work. Board Directors should be able to commit an average of 2 hours a week to ArtWorks. 

Each Board Director completes a “Give, Get, Do” commitment, which is described below.  These commitments are combined to create an overall Board commitment goal.  Without committing to a personal monetary donation, if you were elected as an ArtWorks Board Director, how do you feel you could contribute to the Board’s overall “Give, Get, Do” commitment goal?  

  1. “Give” – We ask that each Board Director include ArtWorks as one of their top 3 charitable donations in a given year.  There is no expectation of a specific donation amount or quota.  However, ArtWorks strives to have a 100% giving Board and encourages each director to make a significant financial contribution based on their capacity.
  2. “Get” – We ask that each Board Director actively advocate for ArtWorks and participate in fundraising activities.  That could include reaching out to an employer, colleagues, or individuals in their network for monetary and/or in-kind donations.
  3. “Do” – In addition to attending monthly board meetings, we ask each Board Director to actively participate or chair a board committee, work on a project, or volunteer in some capacity during his/her time on the board.  

If you are interested in finding out more about ArtWorks and becoming part of a working Board that can help shape the future of a small organization and impact the lives of high school students, we invite you to contact ArtWorks Executive Director, Terry Murphy by email at director@artworksformilwaukee.org or by phone at 414-708-9996.

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