The newly formed Marcus Center’s Arts Connect program is a collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools. For the 2015-16 Season, the Marcus Center will be working exclusively with 20 Riverside High School students that have a strong interest in the performing arts. As part of this program, the students will participate in a weeklong summer intensive in conjunction with the Broadway Smash MOTOWN the Musical in July. Culminating the weeklong intensive, will be an opportunity to see the live performance of MOTOWN The Musical. In addition, the students will have an opportunity to participate in workshops with select cast of at least two of the Center’s upcoming 2015-16 Broadway Shows, as well as other exclusive opportunities with our Off-Broadway Shows. Throughout the year, the Marcus Center will be working alongside Riverside High School in regards to their high school musical theater program.
At this time, Riverside High School is the school that we have selected to work with during the 15/16 Season.
Our program sponsors include the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc. and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
For more information about the Marcus Center’s Arts Connect program, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our continued commitment to engage our communities and diversify our audiences, the Center offers a program called Family Nights At the Center. This outreach program engages at-risk families in targeted neighborhoods to attend theatre together at least twice throughout the Broadway Season. These experiences include orchestra level seating for the show, a post-performance reception and an opportunity to meet the cast & crew of the show.
Through this program, we select a community-based organization that assists us in inviting families from their specific neighborhoods to participate. This year’s selected community based organizations are the Hmong American Friendship Association and the Hmong American Peace Academy and the Broadway Shows include Disney’s The Lion King, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Blue Man Group. Some of the past participants of the Family Nights At the Center program include Dominican Center for Women, Journey House, United Community Center, Latino Community Center and Coalition for Children, Youth & Families.
Our program sponsors include Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Forest County Potawatomi Foundation.
For more information about the Marcus Center’s Family Nights At the Center program, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or email@example.com.
As the community’s performing arts center, the Marcus Center is fully committed to developing our audience to mirror the diversity of our community. The Center strives to offer a wide range of programming that builds a bridge to connect the varied audiences that we serve. Diversifying our programming brings multi-cultural audiences to the Marcus Center, and also provides our more traditional audiences with a greater appreciation for varied cultures.
Opening Our Doors is a program that does just that. It is designed to develop and engage audiences at the Marcus Center. This program reaches employees of local corporations that are a part of Employee Resource Groups, including Hispanic, African American, Middle Eastern, Asian, LGBT and Veterans. This year’s shows were Anything Goes and Motown The Musical, Anything Goes engaged the veteran community and Motown engaged the corporate african american employee resource groups from GE Healthcare, Northwestern Mutual and Johnson Controls. Last year’s shows were War Horse, EVITA and The Stooges Brass Band. Several groups from Johnson Controls, MillerCoors, Robert W. Baird and Northwestern Mutual were able to network at an exclusive pre-show or post show reception, as well as see the show.
Through this program, the Marcus Center strategically selects the various corporations that have existing Employee Resource Groups. These groups are chosen based on the aspect of diversity that may be a theme within a particular show that we are offering during a season.
Opening Our Doors is funded by Northwestern Mutual.
For more information about the Marcus Center’s Opening Our Doors program, or for funding opportunities, please contact Bridgett Gonzalez, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement at 414.273.7121 ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org