“Neighborhood jewels”: discover the new mural by Dolores Huerta and the chess and academic art club of Quan Caston

He is back!

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service collaborates with Historic Milwaukee for a second installment of “The jewels of the district: behind the scenes”, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday 29 September.

The free digital event, which is part of Open house 2021, will feature five-minute whirlwind presentations of seven community projects, using multimedia and storytelling to share their stories.

You can register to join the event in Zoom or watch the Facebook Live feed on our Facebook page. You can also broadcast Neighborhood Gems 2020 event here.

Upstream, we’re releasing mini-films about the projects, including Dolores Huerta’s new mural and developments in Clarke Square as well as Quan Caston’s Chess and Art Academics Club.

Artists Nyia Luna and GirlMobb organized community events this summer to involve neighbors in the creation of their Dolores Huerta mural. (Photo provided by Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative)

Dolores Huerta mural and developments in Clarke Square

Public art has flourished on Cesar E. Chavez Drive in recent years and this summer, artists Nyia Luna and GirlMobb have added an important dimension to this collection, creating a collaborative mural honoring labor rights legend Dolores Huerta located at 1247 S. Cesar Chavez Drive. Blocks from artist Ck Ledesma’s depiction of Huerta’s iconic rallying call “Si Se Puede”, the new mural is the most recent project of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative artist-in-residence program.

This presentation will be given by artist Nyia Luna and Dr Patricia Nájera, Executive Director of Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, who will share other developments underway in the neighborhood.

Quan Caston began teaching chess to young people in Milwaukee in 1996. (NNS file photo by Andrea Waxman)

Quan Caston Academic Chess and Art Club

A versatile veteran of community work, Quan Caston has spent this summer working with the youth of Metcalfe Park participating in his Academic Chess and Art Club. Caston uses chess games and dictionaries as tools to open the door to courses in literacy, critical thinking, intergenerational relationships and more. The club was organized in partnership with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges.

Caston will make the presentation.

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