Students transform abandoned properties into positive visions

CREATED Jun 23, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Local artist Laci Coppins challenged a group of middle school students to transform abandoned properties in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood into positive visions for the future.

On Sunday, June 22, the student-created and community-supported “Voices for the Community: Visions for Milwaukee” temporary public art exhibit was revealed with a special walking tour.

Laci’s group of five students from St. Marcus Lutheran School transformed two foreclosed properties on Martin Luther King Boulevard into inspirational pieces of public art. They feature inspirational messages and silhouetted images of the students.

The students came up with the positive messages and concepts, and then ‘pitched’ them to the community, including 6th District Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

Students from St. Marcus are in the process of transforming another empty building near 5th Street and North Avenue. That project will be finished later this summer.