Latino Arts Gallery Exhibits Student Ofrendas

As part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary project, University School of Milwaukee 5th grade students created a collaborative ofrenda which is currently on display through Friday, Nov. 18 in the Latino Arts Gallery at Milwaukee’s United Community Center.

The ofrenda project is a joint collaboration of learning about Mexican art, culture, and traditions in Middle School art, Spanish, and world cultural geography classes to explore the tradition of el Día de los Muertos. Students learned how this festival is celebrated both in Latin America and in our own communities right here in Milwaukee.

This is the ninth year that 5th grade students have been invited to participate in the exhibition at Latino Arts Gallery. “This project has become an integral part of our 5th grade curriculum, and we regularly search for ways to make it more relevant to our modern world,” said Sarah Markwald, Middle School art teacher. “Students benefit from this experience by reflecting on the reality of losing a loved one and then using art as a vehicle for confronting feelings of sadness and longing. This art is full of life and helps us celebrate the wonder and mystery of our time together.” The exhibit was featured in a recent On Milwaukee news story

Many thanks to Markwald, as well as Todd Schlenker, Middle School Spanish teacher, Hannah Reimer, 5th grade world cultural geography teacher, and Ivana Renteria, Middle School librarian for their work to make this exhibition a reality.

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