Male teen artists gain empathy for young women through TRUE Skool project

Domonique Whitehurst reads his original poem about lessons Tracy Rolkosky is learning from the challenges of poverty for “My Sister’s Story.” (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

The brightly painted performance and gallery space at TRUE Skool vibrated with energy and anticipation at a recent gathering showcasing the teen participants’ summer work at the youth arts program.

“I had a chance to hear a few of you practice last week and was so moved by the thoughtfulness and effort that you put into honoring your sister’s stories,” Katie Mullen, youth mentor and board vice president, told the young male performers.

Excerpt from Andrea Waxman’s article in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service- Read more.


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