9th Annual Youth Art Show: Brave Encounters/ Encuentros Valientes
: July 23- August 13, 2021
Opening Reception: July 23, 4pm-6pm
Art Start’s See Me Because, Vol 8 Multimedia Exhibition


This exhibition centers art produced and made by youth artists during WPCA’s 2021 Summer Art Camp, featuring projects in printmaking, fiber arts, ceramics, sculpture, and multimedia. Artists include summer art camp participants in collaboration with guest artists Celeste Contreras, Krieston Ghaznavi, Lucero Gallegos, and Daniel Minter.

Exhibiting youth:
Aaminah Greenlee,14
Aileen Dempsey, 11
Alana Correa, 7
Alex Gramajo, 16
Amarissa McNut, 15
Andrea Martinez, 14
Angela Bello, 18
Anisa Pilar, 18
Anna Colut, 7
Anya Dempsey, 14
Bianca Rose Rybar, 8
Bold, 10
Brian Moore, 12
Clara Richards, 8
Davonna Conner, 14
Dominguez Yareli, 15
Eleanor Garry, 20
Everett Roll, 6
Francisco Cutterback, 10
Georgia Cashman, 9
Ignacio Cutterback, 14
Jahnavi Hansaria, 17
Jamaal Lavander, 19
Jovanny Hernandez , 20
Karen Hernandez, 22
Khaleid Lavander, 14
Lila Richards, 11
Mariam Ali, 20
Misael Ramirez, 18
Natalia Rodriguez, 15
Nate Roll, 11
Nicole Colut , 7
Norah Palacios, 8
Nova Plevin Westbrook, 16
Oliver Roll, 11
Oliver, 24
Paulette Caro, 13
Serenity, 9
Sofia Correa, 17
Vera Roll, 8
Victoria Saavedra, 10
Yasmin Dominguez, 1


Milwaukee, WI (August 2nd-14th, 2021)
Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 3rd, 5-7pm

With 30 years of award-winning creative youth programs under its belt, Art Start will launch this year’s third iteration of the SEE ME BECAUSE multimedia exhibition at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA), one of Milwaukee’s oldest community art spaces. Opening on Monday, August 2nd with a small reception scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd, 5-7pm, the show will be on view through Saturday, August 14th, 2021. The SEE ME BECAUSE exhibition is the culmination of the Art Start Portrait Project, a year-long project and platform for youth of color to establish their own narratives, explore the complexity of their identities, envision their futures, and express how they want to be seen by the world. The project is supported by world-class artists who collaborate with youth to bring their voices and visions to the public. “We are thrilled to be in partnership with this project that centers youth voice and creativity. This project complements our 9th Annual Youth Art Show, where we get the opportunity to showcase the immense talent within the young creatives in our city,” says Xela Garcia, Executive Director at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.


“The Art Start Portrait Project challenges the pattern that stereotypes, statistics, and circumstance should determine our youths’ existence, or that the identity that society has assigned them will be their one-dimensional reality,” explains Johanna de los Santos, Art Start’s Executive Director. “We believe that each individual has an autonomous and creative spirit which is inherently healing and liberating. With the freedom to explore, design and imagine oneself, the courage to believe, and access to the resources to create, we can profoundly transform how we identify and how we interact with our lives, futures, and each other.”