Sold-out crowd paints bright future for ArtWorks

Photo by Kenya C. Evans

Close to 300 people attended a recent benefit for ArtWorks for Milwaukee, non-profit that offers paid internships for high school students with poor academic performance, disabilities or lack of resources.

The sold-out event, Night by the River” was the third annual benefit “on Saturday, held at ManpowerGroup Headquarters, 100 Manpower Pl. Proceeds will support ArtWorks’ 2012 programming.

Paintings done by the interns were on display and for sale, in addition to auction and raffle items.

ArtWorks, 706 S. 5th St., teaches teens “soft skills,” such as teambuilding and interviewing. The teens work with professional artists in diverse media, and learn skills that prepare them for employment.

Photo by Kenya C. Evans

The fundraiser included auction and raffle items from AirTran Airlines, the Milwaukee Bucks, Potawatomi Bingo and Casino, Wines for Humanity and Neroli Spa. Food vendors were Sabor Brazilian Churrascaria, Maxie’s Southern Comfort, Blue’s Egg, Hotel Metro Milwaukee and Carini’s La Conca d’Oro.

Despite a struggling economy, ArtWorks places more than one-third of teens in jobs, according to Vanessa LaCoste, board president.