Kids Art With Heart in the Windows of Downtown Kenosha


by Patricia Briggs

I just saw some very powerful portraits by Kenosha public school third graders in the empty storefront windows in the building at 58th Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Kenosha. They are powerful images and I would like to meet this teacher some day. She is opening these kids up to some powerful image making.

These portraits get main stage in the vast windows of an abandoned building,but there’s a lot more in the windows. Selections from the “permanent collection” of the Kenosha Unified School District  are on view–these are artworks that have won prizes over the years in the schools competitions.  Also on view are  large paintings created by kids at the Boys and Girls Club celebrating the season. These large mural like images look like handmade Christmas cards the kids made for the people driving by.