Demetrius. I have a job during the winter. I shovel for people around my neighborhood. They pay me for the work I do. I like to spend the money on things I want. I picked these objects because they are things I bought for myself. I have bought things for my teachers from money I earned to. I like to work and help people out.
Kamari. This helicopter means a lot to me because it is a memory given to me by my great-great grandpa. It was a gift from him. He passed away a couple of years ago. My grandpa said that he worked in high technology with his partner. I do not know what kind of things he built but my guess is he made a flying robot. I also admired my great-great grandpa because he always was a confident man. When he was yelled at a lot he aldays did the right thing. When he dealt with people he always kept calm and walked away. One morning he said to me, that you can be anything you want to be inlife. That's when I knew that he wanted me to be just like him. Out of all the children in our family, he had chosen me to say this to. So I'm going to invent something high tech in memory of a great and calm and also confident man!
Lifredrick. I picked these objects because I like Elementary school. We are the bluejays and the book is one our teacher read to us. School helps you learn. You are supposed to get good grades. Being a good student is important to my mom and I want to make her proud. I want to stay in school, graduate and go to college.
Klara. My object is a picture of me and my sisters when we were little. My object means a lot to me because my big sister was the first sister that I had in my life and she is like my best friend. I am the middle sister, so I am a piece of the puzzle that holds us together. My big sister is growing up and she will be going to college soon. Just by looking at the picture it will remind me of her and the good times that we had. My little sister, I won't see her that much either, because I am going to middle school. I will be very busy because I will be doing after-school activities. My sister means a lot to me and they are the best thing that happened to me in my entire life. Another thing that reminds me of my two sisters is that my little sister's birthday is three days apart from mine. My little sister to me is the funniest person that I know. Summer is our most favorite season because that is when our birthdays are. Then it is winter, when we can have a snow ball fight. Even though I won't get to see them t
What's Important to Me. Two fifth-grade classrooms, Burleigh Elementary in Brookfield, and Bruce Elementary in Milwaukee, as part of a "What's Important to Me" project, including a joint field trip to Arts @Large to get to know each other, a portrait session, and a photo exhibit during Family Day at the Milwaukee Art Museum in March 2015 and also an exhibit at Arts @ Large.
Caleb. My object is soft, it makes me remember when I got it on my 10th birthday. My uncle bought a blanker for me. I play with it sometimes, but my baby sister likes it a lot. My brother sleeps with the blanket and the stuffed character. I can't tell you who it is yet, at the end of this, I will tell you. It also reminds me of a movie my baby sister likes. I will tell you what my object is; it is Olaf with a blanket. The object means a lot to me because it reminds me of birthdays and my baby sister's favorite movie.
Ali. I picked this monkey because it is something that my auntie gave to me. My aunt means a lot to me. She is nice and thoughtful. She loves to play with us and we sing together. We also dance and have fun together and tell jokes. I look up to her, she takes care of herself and is kind to us. She has a beautiful face and I love her very much.
Aaron. My object is a rock that I found in Mexico while on vacation with my family. I chose this object because it reminds me of the good times my family and I had on our annual summer trip. It's important to me because it was the first time I had even been on a beach by the Gulf of Mexico, and that moment I treasure. Also, because I got to spend time with my familaya on that trip. This goes to show that the smallest object can mean more in your heart than the biggest object you have.
Angela. My flute is important to me because my flute represents a goal. When I am older I want to keep playing my flute and become a professional flute player and flute beat boxer. I chose this object because it represnts some of the things I am interested in. For example, I am interested in different kinds of music, shiny silver instruments, and I l ike to challnege myself by playing a woodwing instrument that uses themost air out of any other instrument. This is why my flute is special to me.
Adam. My object is a bald eagle. The reason that a bald eagle is my object is because there's about 1,000 of them left. This is important to me because if you look at the problem of the bald eagle's death, it will really strike you and it might tell people to stop POACHING! So, the bald eagle is my object because of the population and the passion for them because without them I would be nothing. The bald eagle is the national symbol, so it is something I have always looked up to.
Maddie. The object I choose that is important to me is my dance shoes. I wear them in almost every dance I’ve learned, lyrical, jazz, and pom. I choose them because I feel like me when I put them on. They also show that I love dance. Dancing is my passion, even though I have been dancing for only two years, these jazz shoes are a big part in my dance life. This object is important to me, it is my joy turned into a pair of shoes.
Ben. My object is a Christmas tree light from my mom's funeral that was in December. The reason that it is important to me because she always like putting up Christmas tree lights, so my dad and I went and bought some special lights for her. The celebrant, Claire, had lights specially made for my mom because Claire knew that my Mom missed my Dad and I putting up the lights this year. So, Claire made it special for my mom and that was very nice of her; she did a great job at the service for my Mom. My Mom always had a smile on her face and this past year I think the she lit the lights up with her smile.
Adrija. The thing that I chose is the Indian god named Krishna. I chose that because Krishna really represents my culture. The culture I celebrate is Hinduism. Krishna is a really mischievous child who likes to steal butter from houses. He loves playing the flute. It is important to me because he is my favorite God, out of several, and we have a lot of worships about him and I enjoy that.
Mason. The object I chose is my taw-kown-do belt. I chose this object because it makes me feel safe from people who want to hurt me. My tae-kown-do belt is important to me because I can learn self defense to protect myself and learn self discipline. This changes me because I would know how to dfend myself from bullies and I will protect elders and seniors. I will never use tae-kown-do for evil.
Art Peterson tries on his World War II uniform. While packing to move out of the family home of more than 50 years, Art rediscovered the uniform in a cedar-lined chest in the attic.
Waanita DeCatur has been HIV positive for more than 20 years. Due to advances in fighting the disease, DeCatur remains in relatively good health.
Milwaukee artist Richard Taylor; photo by Barbara J. Miner and Amy Marie Phillips
Ben Rothschild, Ben Rothschild, Milwaukee artist. Photo by Barbara J. Miner and Amy Marie Phillips.
Milwaukee artist Santiao Cucullu; photo by Barbara J. Miner and Amy Marie Phillips
Mahalia practices on Milwaukee's Marsupial Bridge.
Jacqueline Moscicke, a dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet.