“Chalk Talk Kenosha” makes its way to Madison

Do you remember the community art project that was on display in various business in downtown Kenosha last summer?  Well, it has made its way to the state capitol art gallery in Madison.  See below for some pictures:

What are you

In a photograph a young woman holds up a sign that reads, “A man robbed me and put a knife to my kid’s neck.” With her hair pulled back in a practical ponytail and chips evident in her brightly colored fingernail polish, the young woman poses purposely for the camera. But is her message a plea for help, some kind of message the viewer is supposed to act upon?  Written in chalk on black construction paper, this chilling statement is a response to seemingly simple request:  Describe an incident that changed you. The request, stark response, and subsequent photograph are all part of a “chalk talk” workshop conducted at the Kenosha Literacy Council.

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Vice president comes through Kenosha County on the campaign trail

Vice President Joseph Biden campaigns for the Democratic presidential ticket at UW-Parkside in Somers Friday. /Earlene Frederick photo

Vice President Joe Biden was campaigning Friday in Oshkosh and then in Somers at UW-Parkside.

Between the two appearances, he also had time for a quick stop at Mars Cheese Castle in Paris, specifically.

Here’s a story from politico.com about the Paris visit.

Here’s coverage of the UW-Parkside speech from WLS-TV.

Summit on opportunities for Hispanics to be held at UW-Parkside

Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority population in the United States. The Kenosha County area has experienced the same unprecedented growth in the Hispanic population as the rest of the nation in recent years. However, issues such as language barriers, legal and documentation issues, lack of job training and availability, lower formal education and a lack of understanding of cultural differences and non-acceptance by the broader community are barriers to creating a climate of inclusion in business, education, access to basic services and community development.

A summit to be held on Friday, November 2nd, at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside is intended to provide an opportunity for dialogue about critical issues that need to be addressed if Hispanic families are to become engaged members of our communities and move toward self-reliance through education, workforce development and access to culturally competent resources and services. In addition to local, regional and national speakers, the summit will feature resource tables with information from local community partners. This will be a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals regarding how to address the needs of this growing demographic.

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It’s raining umbrellas!

A community and alumni celebration was held at the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities Building on Saturday afternoon, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  Parkside invited diverse members of the community to “shower us with their creativity.”  The Shower of Creativity includes artists of all ages who engage their talents for an exhibit that spotlights the Rita as an umbrella organization for the arts and humanities in our region.  Individuals and teams used their imagination to turn white umbrellas into works of art, all displayed in the Rita and Main Place on the campus.

Visitors were given small binoculars in order to view the pieces more closely.  They were also given ballots on which to vote for three of their favorite pieces.  There were 76 in all.

Continue to the next page to see more pictures.

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UW-P art exhibit features work of Eileen Mueller Neill

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside currently has a very interesting art exhibit on display in their Fine Arts Gallery.  It is:  “Eileen Mueller Neill:  Imaginings.”  A reception for the artist will also take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Neill’s framed pictures are hung on the upper deck. Smaller scale and more domestic thematically are her brightly colored constructions. These show diminutive figures set in tiny imaginary worlds — playing among the tendrils of electrical cords, playfully crawling about inside plumbing pipes.  Her work invites viewers into a fantasy world.

View the photos after the continued link below:

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Sheriff’s Department investigating racial threats at UW-Parkside; later proven a hoax

Threats aimed at African-American students at University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Somers had sheriff’s deputies busy today investigating the situation.

As a result of the investigation so far, the department “does not believe a credible threat to actually commit real harm to real people currently exists,” said a press release issued by Sgt. Bill Beth, sheriff’s department spokesman, at about 4:45 p.m.

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Grand opening of “The Rita”

The Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities/Photo by Margie Gentner

This evening, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside hosted a reception for the grand opening of  “The Rita” (the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities).  After more than twenty years of creative, collaborative planning and brainstorming by members of both the UW-Parkside campus family and the diverse communities that we serve, the new “Rita” officially opened tonight.  “This is the beginning of something truly great — a cultural renaissance for the place that we call ‘home,’ said Dean Yohnk, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Arts Commission and Celebre Place approved by Common Council

Lemon Street Gallery.org

At last night’s Common Council meeting, two agenda items of concern to Kenosha citizens were approved unanimously.  The first was the establishment of a City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts.  The Mayor proposed an amendment to change the name of the commission from the “Mayor’s Commission” to the “City of Kenosha Commission.”  Seven citizens spoke in favor of this item during the Citizens’ Comments portion of the meeting.  Citizens in favor included:  Joe Blineshine (Arts Commission), Debra Karp (Arts Wisconsin), Dean Yohnk (UW-Parkside’s interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences), Bonnie Mirkiewicz (Forever Grateful), Angie Aker, Melanie Hovey (Lemon Street Gallery), and Maureen Cashin Bolog (Actor’s Craft).

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Units responding to UW-Parkside for fall

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At 7:03 p.m., Kenosha fire and medical units are responding to University of Wisconsin-Parkside for a woman who has fallen.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. — Patient is inside Student Union.

UW-Parkside closed for Thursday

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has cancelled classes for Thursday and closed the campus, according to an announcement on its website.

Unit responding to UW-Parkside for fainting

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At 2:47 p.m., a Kenosha Fire Department medical unit is responding to Greenquist Hall at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, for a 20-year old woman who has fainted.

Units responding to UW-Parkside for medical call

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At 10:02 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department medical units are responding to UW-Parkside for a report of a woman who is feeling ill and vomiting.

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Units responding to report of person stuck in elevator

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At 12:13 p.m., the Kenosha Fire Department and university police are responding to a report of a person stuck in an elevator at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Dispatch reports that the person said they are in a Wyllie Hall elevator.