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Chalk the Block with Award-Winning Artist Siona Benjamin

Date(s) - Sunday, June 19th
11:00 am CDT - 2:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2In the spirit of community and creativity, this family-friendly block party puts ART at its center.

Siona Benjamin’s Beyond Borders exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee is a cross-cultural masterwork. During Chalk the Block, participants young and old will be provided with simple drawings steeped in Indian imagery to use as templates for their creativity. Trained artists, including Siona herself, will add inspiration and direction as needed.

Come for a short while or stay to watch your community transform a public space into a work of art.

Celebrate the day with your neighbors in one of four locations:

– Jewish Museum Milwaukee (1360 N. Prospect Ave.)
– Mitchell Street Branch of Milwaukee Public Library (906 W. Mitchell St.)
– Black Cat Alley – in partnership with East Branch Library (E. Ivanhoe Pl.)
– Marcus Performing Arts Center (929 N. Water St.)

FREE | All Are Welcome

Sponsors: Suzy Ettinger Donor Advised Fund of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation, Betsy Rosenblum and Richard Buchband, and Annalee Sosman. Extra special thanks to Blick Art Materials for their generous donation of chalk for the event! 

Partners: Black Cat Alley, East Side Business Improvement District, Milwaukee Public Library, Marcus Performing Arts Center

In connection with Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – September 25, 2022.

About the Presenter
Siona Benjamin has an MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Ill., and an MFA in theater set design from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. She has exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia.

She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 to India, and a second Fulbright fellowship in 2016-17 to Israel. As not just a Jewish artist but also as one who crosses cultural boundaries, she’s received praise in The New York Times, The Chicago TribuneThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Financial TimesThe Boston GlobeArt in AmericaArt New EnglandArt and AntiquesArtNewsMoment MagazineThe Times of IndiaThe Mumbai MirrorMarg Magazine, and other publications.

Her multicultural art has also been featured in The Jewish Week in New York City and New Jersey, The Jerusalem PostThe Times of Israel, and other publications.

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