Community Printshops

Bruce Guadalupe Middle School

A major component of the Watershed project were two community silkscreen workshops–one carried out with youth from the Walnut Way Conservation Corp (WWCC), and the second at Bruce Guadalupe Middle School (BGMS) in Walker’s Point.  At BGMS, silkscreen workshops were conducted with middle school students from Jacobo Lovo’s seventh grade art class.  As an introduction to their project, students first watched Flow, Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into the world water crisis. Scientist Carmen Aguilar-Diaz from UWM’s Great Lakes Water Institute visited the class and shared aspects of her research about invasive species.  Students took this information and developed two-color silk-screened prints about a water issue pertinent to their lives and concerns. After the workshop, a permanent silkscreen studio was established at the BGMS art room for future projects.

At the Walnut Way Conservation Corp, the workshops differed. In an initial conversation with Sharon Adams, director of WWCC, Raoul Deal learned of her experiences growing up in the neighborhood, and how she learned to swim with all of her cousins in a nearby swimming pool.  That pool is now the site of a local tavern.  When she began to work with children in the area, she learned that many had never seen Lake Michigan, despite it being only three miles east of the neighborhood. “I’ve been thinking,” she said, “about how access leads to stewardship.”  That thought guided workshop activities, which included a trip to the lake, a print workshop, and a mural that we painted and installed together in October 2010 in a community garden located a few houses down from the WWCC.

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