This video is part of a collection of recorded talks with Milwaukee-area professionals who don’t work in museums, but use art in their work and lives. These live talks are inspiring, combining art with many different fields. These videos are great resources for high school teachers who might want to speak with students about different professions and how many disciplines can come together in one job.
About the Speakers
Anwar Floyd-Pruitt has worked for local youth-serving arts organizations like Express Yourself Milwaukee, Artworks 4 Milwaukee, Arts@Large, and is on the Programming Committee at Artists Working in Education. His involvement with these non-profits has facilitated art-making with youth in the Juvenile Justice System, Milwaukee Public Schools, the LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee County Park System. Most recently he served as program coordinator for Painting with Purpose, where he worked with youth volunteers in the Amani neighborhood to create alternative board-ups to replace the green boards on 40 city-owned foreclosed homes. Anwar has a Bachelors degree in psychology from Harvard University, where he worked as a research assistant at the business school. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Sculpture and Digital Technology at UW-Milwaukee and is working with 2 professors to create a new body of work about local leaders.
Adam Carr is an independent storyteller, writer, and media producer based in Milwaukee, WI. He works in many mediums and settings, reflecting his passion for the depth and texture of his hometown. Carr is currently working with Sharp Literacy to write a children’s book for the 3rd grade level whose theme is exploring and discovering Milwaukee. He also recently collaborated on several public art projects in Milwaukee, including Listening to Mitchell with Sonja Thomsen (2014), TypeFace with Reginald Baylor (2013), and here, mothers are with Sonja Thomsen (2012). Between 2008 and 2011, he was the producer at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, creating nearly 1000 short-form audio pieces on a wide range of topics, from arts and culture to at-risk youth, from neighborhoods to basic needs. Carr has also collaborated on work with a wide range of Milwaukee groups, including the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Reagan High School’s Radio Reagan, LISC Milwaukee, United Way, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Artists Working in Education, the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, Dominican Center for Women, Metcalfe Park BNCP, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Arts@Large, Newaukee, Blue Dress Park, Alverno College, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Magnum Photography, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.