APT is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization that works to connect artists, musicians and the community in support of local school art programs. All funds raised are donated directly to our partner schools.
Arte Para Todos (art for everyone) was conceived as an answer to the defunding of art and music programming in schools, but it also serves as a replicable model of sustainable service to the community. We will always have the city we ask for, either explicitly or through apathy and inaction. Arte Para Todos is based on the idea that culture is an act of will, and that if we want a healthy, vibrant city where the arts can flourish then we have to act on that desire.
In its first two years, the annual arts fundraiser Arte Para Todos has raised almost $40,000 with 100% of proceeds going to support art programs in Milwaukee schools! APT has brought together over 200 different artists and musical acts in over 40 venues in various Milwaukee neighborhoods, providing an incredibly rich cultural experience to the city while investing in our creative future.
In 2017 and beyond, APT will continue to produce and execute Milwaukee's largest local music celebration and raise funds and awareness for our school's art programs. In addition we will be rolling out a new crowdsourced-fundraising platform, FABA Pool, to offer even greater opportunity for artists, musicians, and teachers to connect with community support.
APT Partner Stories
Every year we select partners to support with the funds raised from the festival and other APT events. We mainly focus on Milwaukee schools' art programs, but are open to supporting art and music education in all it's forms throughout the city.
Tamarack Waldorf High School
One of our recipients in 2015, we were very happy to work with the fine folks at Tamarack Waldorf. WIth the $7,000+ APT donated, they have been able to do a mural project as well as install a blacksmithing lab for students to learn the ancient art of metalwork, instructed by Kent Knapp of Milwaukee Blacksmith. Thanks to local filmmaker Wes Tank for putting together a documentary on the newly obtained workshop.
La Escuela Fratney
Another 2015 recipent out of Milwaukee's Riverwest Neighborhood, La Escuala Fratney, has been able to use APT funds to add art-culture to the school's atmosphere as well as construct group art projects for the students to participate in. Projects there are ongoing and we will update when new projects arise.