Please help us give a warm welcome to our new Arts Education Coordinator Basha Harris!
Basha was raised in Milwaukee, and spent 13 consecutive summers attending and working at a social justice-based summer camp outside of Three Rivers, Michigan. Through these experiences, she developed an understanding and passion for building a just community and society. Basha often reminisces about an early, transformative moment at camp when she learned every employee is vital to the function of an educational institution, from teachers to custodians. She returned to Milwaukee after that summer to enter 6th grade, and began to encourage her peers to engage everyone with the same level of respect as their teachers.
A jeweler and metalsmith by trade, Basha links her passion for education and social justice through ingraining collaboration in her processes. Inspired by both shiny objects and the development of functional solutions, she uses art and communication as a tool in creating social change. Basha’s artistic practice is heavily reflected in her teaching approach. She believes in offering a variety of resources, styles, and inspiration in order to reach a multitude of personalities. In doing so, she hopes to motivate individuals to create the artistic and lived experiences they are most moved by.
Basha received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing and a Community Arts Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a founder and resident artist of Yours Truly Community Studio, located in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee.