Events Calendar

August 2, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

August 6, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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The HOME Refugee Steering Committee at the Lynden Sculpture Garden invites you to observe WORLD REFUGEE DAY in a series of outdoor events and programs that celebrate Milwaukee's refugee communities through art, food, fashion, and performance.

HOME Fashion Day: THIS IS US uses fashion to showcase the rich and varied cultures of refugees within the local community. THIS IS US will consist of five different segments: traditional cultural wear, contemporary wear, everyday wear, outfits styled and designed by refugees, and a surprise segment at the end.

The fashion show will be followed by two participatory activities. For the first time this year, we will host a Try + Exchange. For the Try, we invite you to try on some of the traditional clothes that we will have available for that purpose. For the Exchange, you are invited to bring a cultural or traditional item or piece of clothing to exchange with someone else. By the end of the event, we hope that you will have added to your wardrobe and had a meaningful exchange with someone from another culture.

HOME Fashion Day is once again organized by Biak Tha Hlawn, Chin youth leader, HOME Refugee Steering Committee member, and now an undergraduate at Stanford University and Lynden’s HOME intern. According to Hlawn, “THIS IS US aims to showcase, through fashion, what makes us who we are as refugees.” As emcee, Hlawn will present and share the cultural meanings behind each garment worn.

Members of the public are encouraged to wear at least one ornament or piece of clothing highlighting their own culture or traditions--specifically ones that make you feel you! Don’t forget to bring an item or two to partake in the Exchange part of the show.

Beginning at 12:30 pm, Burmese food will be available for donation. Proceeds benefit the grassroots efforts for the Myanmar democracy movement (so don’t forget to bring cash!).

About HOME
HOME is the theme of our work with refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies. The HOME Refugee Steering Committee is building a space of leading, coming together, and celebrating refugees.

For all HOME 2022 programming, click here.

August 9, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

August 12, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Fee: $25/$20 members
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

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Bloom: The Flower
Join artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp and collaborator Sevan Arabajian for an evening of full moon expansion. Under the full moon we are invited to reflect on what has come to fruition in the most recent lunar cycle. Here we’ll use the full moon energy to expand into our potential and pleasure, and to pause to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Take some time out of your week to relax into a healing sound bath and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished through deep rest and receiving. Then, like confetti, take a flower walk in the labyrinth and color the paths with your offerings of gratitude.

Sound baths are an ancient form of healing and deep meditation; they include various ambient sounds playing in a space where you can hear and feel their vibrations. Your sound healer for the evening will be Milwaukee’s own Sevan Arabajian, initiated by Akhilanka of the Temple of Singing Bowls in Mysore, India, when he was traveling in the U.S.

The sound bath lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. We recommend arriving 15 minutes ahead of time to give yourself time to set up and prepare. Please bring something to rest on and to cover yourself with (if you think you’ll want that) for the duration, and dress appropriately for the weather. The sound bath takes place on a hill so please consider comfortable footwear as well. A little insect repellent may be in order, too. Locally and ethically sourced flower petals will be available for the labyrinth walk and you are invited to bring your own flowers that are meaningful to you.

2022 Sound Bath schedule
Tuesday, June 21
Wednesday, July 13
Thursday, July 28
Friday, August 12
Sunday, September 25

August 13, 2022 - 2:00pm

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Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, 2022. Photo: © Tony Turner.

FREE but registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Parking: We will be running shuttle buses starting at 12:30 pm from the Brown Deer Road Park & Ride. We advise you to leave enough time to arrive for the performance, which begins at 2 pm. Consider coming early for a picnic.

Reggie Wilson and his company, Fist and Heel Performance Group, are returning to Lynden this summer for the third episode in a relationship that spans many years. Working from a model we developed with the choreographer, his company, and the Milwaukee community in 2015, when we reimagined MOSES(es), and refined in 2018, when we remade CITIZEN, Wilson will complete the trilogy by reimagining POWER, his latest work, for outdoor performance at Lynden. With POWER: a body of testimony, Wilson extends his investigation into the role of the body in Black spirituality, and particularly the ways in which spirituality and religiosity can be expressed with the body and in relationship with other bodies. Starting with Mother Rebecca Cox Jackson, a free Black woman who became a Shaker eldress and formed her own community in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, and drawing on decades of research into Black shout traditions, African formalism, and post-modern dance, Wilson imagines “what Black Shaker worship could look like.”

POWER: a body of testimony was made during a three-week residency process with an intergenerational cast of local dancers and community members. Wilson and Fist and Heel performers Hadar Ahuvia, Rhetta Aleong, Paul Hamilton, Lawrence A. W. Harding, Michel Kouakou, Clement Mensah, Gabriela Silva, Annie Wang, and Michelle Yard are joined by a group of mature line dancers—some of them veterans of previous Lynden productions—children who participate in our annual collaborative day camp with Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, and several other community members and Call & Response artists.

The POWER residency and performance are supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a Call & Response event.

Program

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group
POWER: a body of testimony
Lynden Sculpture Garden
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
13 August 2022 at 2 pm

Choreographer: Reggie Wilson
Costume Designers: Naoko Nagata and Enver Chakartash

Fist and Heel Performers
Hadar Ahuvia
Rhetta Aleong
Paul Hamilton
Lawrence Harding
Michel Kouakou
Clement Mensah
Gabriela Silva
Annie Wang
Michelle Yard
with Reggie Wilson

Community Performers
Ms. Vi Hawkins, Director of the Jazzy Jewels
Carolyn Carter
Robert McDonial
Naomi Miller
Evelyn Ray-Cowan
Nettie Richardson
Dora J. Scott

Ck Ledesma Borrero
Portia Cobb
Banh J. Danowski
De’Shawn L. Ewing
Kim M Khaira
Madeline Martin
Betty Salamun

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts campers: Araceli, Eduardo, Elsa, Emmanuel, Erick, Fabian, Javier, Josue, Mariana, Nehli, Sebastian, and Solana with Ferny Lira Landa, Ethan Clardie-Hook, Lydia Andrews, Canaan Henry, Alex Gramajo, Xela Garcia and Jeremy Stepien.

“Outside Eyes”: Susan Manning and Phyllis Lamhut
Math Advisor: Jesse Wolfson

Music
The Staple Singers
John Davis Bessie Jones & St. Simon's Island Singers
Meredith Monk
Lonnie Young, Ed Young, & Lonnie Young Jr.
Craig Loftis
Black Umfolosi
Henry Williams with Henry Thomas, Allan Lovelace, and George Roberts
Omar Thiam and Jam Bugum
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Donated materials
Indigo batik cloth: Lynden Sculpture Garden, Arianne King Comer with Adjua Nsoroma and Fist & Heel
Shaker peg rails: Lorraine E. Weiss of the Shaker Heritage Society (Watervliet) and Richard Flanders of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association. Special thanks to Daniel Minter and Lynden for the making and sharing of the izikeyi, what Wilson has started calling "kinesthetic prayer beads".

POWER is dedicated to The Dead

Artistic Personnel
Fist & Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company that investigates the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices and believes in the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing. Our performance work is a continued manifestation of the rhythm languages of the body provoked by the spiritual and the mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora, including the Blues, Slave and Gospel idioms. The group has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad.

Reggie Wilson (Executive and Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer) founded Fist & Heel Performance Group in 1989. Wilson draws from the cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he often calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.”

His work has been presented and workshops taught nationally and internationally at many venues. This list is a sample and by no means exhaustive: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, Summerstage (NY), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Summer Stages Dance @ ICA Boston (MA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, UCLA Live, Redcat (CA), VSA NM (New Mexico), Myrna Loy (Helena, MT), The Flynn (Burlington, VT), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Dance Umbrella (Austin, TX), Linkfest, Festival e'Nkundleni (Zimbabwe), Dance Factory (South Africa), Danças na Cidade (Portugal), Festival Kaay Fecc (Senegal), The Politics of Ecstasy, and Tanzkongress 2013 (Germany).

Wilson is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1988, Larry Rhodes, Chair). He has studied composition and been mentored by Phyllis Lamhut; Performed and toured with Ohad Naharin before forming Fist and Heel. He has lectured, taught and conducted workshops and community projects throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He has traveled extensively: to the Mississippi Delta to research secular and religious aspects of life there; to Trinidad and Tobago to research the Spiritual Baptists and the Shangoists; and also, to Southern, Central, West and East Africa to work with dance/performance groups as well as diverse religious communities. He has served as visiting faculty at several universities including Yale, Princeton and Wesleyan. Mr. Wilson is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance's McKnight National Fellowship (2000-2001). Wilson is also a 2002 BESSIE-New York Dance and Performance Award recipient for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has been an artist advisor for the National Dance Project and Board Member of Dance Theater Workshop. In recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Mr. Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and is a 2009 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in Dance. His evening-length work The Good Dance–dakar/brooklyn had its World premiere at the Walker Art Center and NY premiere on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival. In 2012, New York Live Arts presented a concert of selected Wilson works, theRevisitation, to critical acclaim and the same year he was named a Wesleyan University’s Creative Campus Fellow, received an inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and received the 2012 Joyce Foundation Award for his successful work Moses(es) which premiered in 2013.

Naoko Nagata (Costumer Designer) Her evolution into costume making is a long story. With literally no formal training, she has been creating for a diverse group of choreographers and dancers non-stop since 1998. She has collaborated with David Thomson, Ralph Lemon, Reggie Wilson, Vicky Shick, Kyle Abraham for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, David Neumann, Doug Elkins, Gina Gibney, Jimena Paz, Liz Lerman, Nora Chipaumire, Urban Bush Women, Zvi Gotheiner and many, many others. Recently, designer for Raja feather Kelly’s 2nd stage production of “we are going to die”. Working closely with collaborators, Naoko helps bring to life what she herself calls, “the creation of a shared dream.”

Enver Chakartash (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer and wardrobe stylist. He has designed costumes for: Tony Oursler, The Wooster Group, Young Jean Lee, and Half Straddle. Enver began collaborating with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group in 2016. Since then, he has designed costumes for CITIZEN and consulted on costumes for ...they stood shaking while others began to shout. Working with Naoko on this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

Performers
Hadar Ahuvia (Performer) is a performer, choreographer, Jewish educator and ritual leader. She is grateful to have been performing with Fist and Heel since 2017. Previous work credits include Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Anna Sperber, Kathy Westwater, Molly Poerstel, Tatyana Tenebaum, Donna Uchizono, and Trisha Brown Dance Company, among others. Her writing on choreographing an Israeli identity beyond Zionism is featured in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Jewishness in Dance. Ahuvia is a two-time finalist for the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, a recipient of a Bessie nomination for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer and was one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch in 2019’.

Rhetta Aleong (Company administrator, performer) Her performance roots are grounded in community-theater, performance art, and a good Catholic all-girls high school in Trinidad and Tobago. She has a BFA in Journalism, with an art bent, from School of Visual Arts and is a 5th degree black belt. Aleong began working with Mr. Wilson in ’91 and began “wearing many hats” within Fist and Heel Performance Group. Creative Artists of special significance to Aleong: Pat Akien, Michael Steele, Helen Camps, Noble Douglas (Trinidad), Anita Gonzalez, Ms. Hattie Gossett, Tiyé Giraud, Cynthia Oliver, and Lawrence Goldhuber. Respect to those before, after, above and below.

Paul Hamilton (Performer) is a Brooklyn based movement artist. He attended SUNY Purchase, where he trained with Kazuko Hirabayashi, Kevin Wynn and Neil Greenberg, and also studied at the Alvin Ailey school. He has performed with Elizabeth Streb, the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, The Barnspace Dance, Mauri Cramer Dancers, Ballet Arts Theatre, Ralph Lemon(Bessie nominee Scaffold Room), Deborah Hay, David Thomson, Headlong Dance Theater, David Gordon’s The Matter 2019, Melinda Ring, Oren Barnoy, and The Museum of Modern Art, recreating Bruce Nauman’s Wall/Floor Positions. He is a member of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Performance Group, Keely Garfield Dance, and Jane Comfort and Company.

Lawrence A.W. Harding (Performer) was born in Sierra Leone and now practices Physical Therapy in New York. He is the Director of Fitness at The Axis Project, a multidisciplinary center that serves people with physical disabilities and empowers them to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. He is also the developer and President of Spinal Mobility, a novel manual technique that enables clinicians to improve their rehabilitative interventions for people with Spinal Cord Injury and other Neurological diseases. He has been a member of Fist and Heel since 1993 and continues to delight in discovering himself in Reggie’s work. He gives continued thanks to Remi, D.Z. Martha, Samuel and all the dead ones. Big love to the ‘rents and the family.

Michel Kouakou (Performer) is a choreographer and dancer from the Ivory Coast. He is the founder and director of Daara Dance. Michel received his MFA in Dance from Hollins University. He is the recipient of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance (2012), a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for research in dance (2012), winner of a New York Foundation of the Arts Artist Fellowship (2008), and winner of the U.S. Japan Fellowship (2008) to conduct six months of research in Tokyo and Kyoto. In 2008 he was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and in 2010 and was a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show in New York City and Los Angeles. Mr. Kouakou moved to New York in 2004 and subsequently to Los Angeles, where he is now based and has been a lecturer at UCLA since 2009. He maintains an active touring and teaching schedule across the globe and continues to pursue his long-term goal of building an “artistic bridge” between his origins in the Ivory Coast and the US. Michel Kouakou’s company has moved to Minnesota due to a new job position at the University of Minnesota where he was an assistant professor in dance at the Barbara Darker Center for Dance for two years.

Clement Mensah (Performer) is also a choreographer and an educator. He is a third culture kid who was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After living and going to school in the Netherlands, U.S. and the U.K., where he did postgraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatory, Mr. Mensah is humbled to have performed, taught and traveled with many dance companies to at least forty-nine countries. Mr. Mensah founded the Off the Radar creative project in 2015 to educate the young generation. Mr. Mensah joined Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance group in 2012.

Gabriela Silva (Company Logistics Coordinator, Performer) is an Afro-Brazilian performer based in New York City. She studied dance at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Boston Art Academy and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Gabriela has performed with Selmadanse, Jean Appolon Expressions, Danza Organica, Quicksilver Dance and independent choreographers Peter DiMuro, Emily Beattie and Marina Magalhães. She has also worked as teaching artist for the Kroc Center, Community Art Center, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston Ballet, Boston Public Libraries, Boston Public Schools, NYC Public schools and The People’s Forum. Gabriela has been in residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, under the mentorship of Reggie Wilson. She also trained, taught and presented her work at Sarayyet Ramallah in Palestine. Gabriela has been a performer with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group since 2016.

Annie Wang (Performer) is a freelancer with training in classical ballet, Graham technique, wushu, taiji, and software engineering. In addition to Fist and Heel Performance Group, she has also worked with Same As Sister, Emily Catalyst Johnson, and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch. Her own choreography has been presented by Five Myles, CPR in Brooklyn, the 92Y, the Exponential Festival, Pioneers Go East, BKSD, WestFest Dance, BRIC, and Triskelion. She has been Artist-in-Residence at BRIC, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Marble House Project and an invited guest teacher at Amherst and Smith colleges.

Michelle Yard (Performer) Brooklyn native Michelle Yard stands firmly on her Caribbean foundation. Yard joined Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group in 2017 for …they stood shaking while others began to shout, and POWER (2019). Upon her graduation from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (B.F.A. Dance), she began dancing with the Mark Morris Dance Group, where she enjoyed an illustrious twenty-year career. Ms. Yard also dances with Vanessa Walters. In 2020, she earned an M.A. in Arts Administration from CUNY/Baruch College. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a freelance arts administrator. a mis padres, gracias.

Fist & Heel Board
Ann-Marie Joseph (President), Rhetta Aleong, Carol Bryce-Buchanan, Joshua Sirefman, Jesse Wolfson, Reggie Wilson.
Advisory Council
Elise Bernhardt, Michael Connelly, Paul Engler, Phyllis Lamhut, Susan Manning, Martha Sherman, Megan Sprenger, Radhika Subramaniam, Laurie Uprichard, Ivan Sygoda, Charmaine Warren, Ms. Lois Wilson

For booking information, contact Sophie Myrtil-McCourty at Lotus Arts Management 72-11 Austin Street, Suite 371 Forest Hills, NY 11375 Tel: 347.721.8724;
email: sophie@lotusartsmgmt.com; website: www.lotusartsmgmt.com

Funding Credits for Fist & Heel
POWER was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, created in part during multiple residencies in the Pillow Lab and premiered at Jacob’s Pillow July 10, 2019. POWER is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; also, is funded and made possible in part by Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Howard Gilman Foundation; Mosaic Network Initiative, and the kind support of our many individual donors.

Special Thanks
GOD; Ancestors; Ira Sutton Ewing; Lois J. Wilson, A’nt Jean, A’ntie C; A’nt Wilma, Uncle Rev., Uncle Von, Uncle George, Aba, Abba, Saba, David Wilson, Jr., Elaine Flowers, Phyllis Lamhut, Germaine Ingram, Tim O’Brien, the cities of Philadelphia, Watervliet, Hancock, Bellagio and Mt. Lebanon, Mary Ann Haagen and The Enfield Shaker Singers, The Land of the Blacks, Susan Manning and Doug Doetsch, Tara Rodman, Lucia Kellar, Estate of Samuel Miller, DJ McManus Foundation, Inc., Martha Sherman, Cheryl Ikemiya, Tayloria L. Grant, Lois Greenfield, Cathy Edwards, Jean Cook, Elizabeth Harvey, Mike Johnson, Justin Knowlden, Melissa Benson, Madeline Brine, Deborah Sale and Ted Striggles, Susanna Sirefman, Germaine Ingram, Mark Wilson, Lois Wilson, other anonymous donors, Pam Tatge and the full team at Jacob’s Pillow, Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Caitlin Spara, Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss, the interpreters and the Hancock Shaker Village crew, Lacy Shutz, Jerry Grant and Sharon Koomler at Shaker Museum | Mt. Lebanon, Adrian Matejka, Nicolas Galanin, Merrit Johnson and the cohort and Administration team at the Rockefeller Bellagio, Polly Morris at Lynden Sculpture Garden, Arianne King Comer and Adjua Nsoroma, Judy Hussie-Taylor and the Danspace Team and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Sam Miller, Harry Philbrick, Karen DiLossi at Philadelphia Contemporary and Partners for Sacred Places, Arielle Julia Brown, Sophie Myrtil-McCourty Lotus Arts Management, Fist and Heel Board of Directors, members of the Advisory Council members, the performers past and present for their time on this project, their commitment over the years, prioritizing and sacrificing and their relentless talent.

August 14, 2022 - 8:30am - 10:00am

Photo: Sarah Zimmerman

Fee: $10/$5 members. Space is limited; advance registration required. Click here to register. Please note: online registration closes for each session the day before. You can register by phone at 414-446-8794 or in person day-of.

Join birder Chuck Stebelton the second Sunday of each month for a small-group, socially distanced bird walk on the grounds. Keeping to the perimeter of the garden, we’ll watch for seasonal migrants and resident bird species and seek out the best bird habitats to identify as many species as we can. Please dress for the weather and plan to walk in varied terrain. Bring your binoculars if you have them; no previous birding experience required.

About the Artist

Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, forthcoming) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.

August 16, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

August 17, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Lynden-ClaudiaOrjuela-HOMEStorytime

FREE
This is a virtual event.

Join us for a virtual HOME Multilingual Story Time from the comfort of your home. HOME Multilingual Story Time features children’s books written or illustrated by authors, illustrators, and artists who have faced forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, or immigrants, and come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Designed for children aged 4-8, we believe that reading picture books is a way to share and discuss big ideas with young children. We end each session with an art activity from Lynden art educator Claudia Orjuela. Follow-up activities will be available for download.

Scheduled to screen every third Wednesday of the month, HOME Multilingual Story Time is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Library, the Islamic Resource Center, Hanan Refugee Relief Group, Alliance Française de Milwaukee, and Milwaukee African Women's Association. Videos will remain on view once they are posted.

Download our resource handout for parents, teachers, and advanced readers here.

Schedule, Recordings, and Activities

To view previous episodes, click here.
January 19: The Day You Begin, written by Jacqueline Woodson, and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Share, Reflect and Play! [Click here to view or download]

February 16: Who Are We?, written by Anneke Forzani, and illustrated by Maria Russo, read in Burmese and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Share and Reflect! [Click here to view or download]

March 16: Paz/Peace, written by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, and illustrated by Estelí Meza, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.
Activity: Mark the box [Click here to view or download]

April 20: آیا من کوچک هستم؟ /Am I Small?, written by Philipp Winterberg, and illustrated by Nadja Wichmann, read in Dari/Farsi, Pashto and English
Click here to watch the video.

May 18: ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú/Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, written by Sonia Sotomayor, and illustrated by Rafael López, read in Spanish and English
Click here to watch the video.

June 15: Tus Noog Qej Qawg Ntawv/The Paper Crane, written by Molly Bang, and translated by Mao J. Vang, read in Hmong and English
Click here to watch the video.

July 20: Señorita Mariposa, written by Ben Gundersheimer, and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero, read in Spanish and English
August 17: Gimanaadenim/You Hold Me Up, written by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel, and translated by Angela Mesic and Margaret Noodin, read in Anishinaabemowin and English
September 21: Vejigante Masquerader, written and illustrated by Lulu Delacre, read in Spanish and English
October 19: Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village, written and illustrated by Sunny Seki, read in Japanese and English
November 16: ?De donde eres/Where Are You From?, written by Yamile Saied Mendez, and illustrated by Jaime Kim
December 21: I'll Build You a Bookcase, written by Jean Ciborowski Fahey, and illustrated by Simone Shin, read in Mandarin and English

August 18, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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4 sessions, 7-8:30 pm:
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Fee: Free.
Registration: This discussion takes place via Zoom; advance registration required. Click here to register.

The Lynden/HOME Refugee Steering Committee book discussion group, moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira, is for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We consider works of non-fiction and fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees. In May, we will be embarking on a new book, Homeira Qaderi’s Dancing in the Mosque, translated by Zaman Stanizai. Newcomers welcome!

Dancing in the Mosque is an inspiring memoir about one mother’s unimaginable choice in the face of oppression and abuse in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother’s searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind. In telling her story—and that of Afghan women—Homeira challenges you to reconsider the meaning of motherhood, sacrifice, and survival. Her story asks you to consider the lengths you would go to protect yourself, your family, and your dignity.

Dr. Homeira Qaderi is a women’s rights activist originally from Afghanistan. She has published six books in Afghanistan and Iran, some of which have received prestigious awards. Dancing in the Mosque is her first book in English.

We encourage you to read each section in advance (see information below on acquiring the current book). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. The group meets monthly, and we seek the input of group members on titles to consider in the future.

As part of our HOME work at Lynden, we are making the book available without charge to book discussion group participants. If you would like us to purchase a copy of the book for you, please indicate this when completing the registration form. We will contact you when the book is available and you will be able to pick it up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

If you prefer to support your local public library by borrowing the book, you can find Milwaukee County libraries here or other local libraries here. If you would like to purchase the book yourself, Boswell Books will be offering it at a 10% discount to book group participants. The book can be purchased at the store (you will find it among the book club selections) or on the Boswell website with the 10% book club discount already applied. We will post that link as soon as we have it. Please check Boswell’s website to check the availability of the book, and to confirm hours and delivery options.

PREVIOUS READINGS
Dina Nayeri's The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You January-February, 2021
Kao Kalia Yang's Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir March-May, 2021
Emmanuel Mbolela's Refugee: A Memoir June-August, 2021
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives September-December, 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Admiring Silence January- April, 2022

August 20, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Photo: Molly Rosenblum/Sam LaStrapes/Kodah

Visitors must adhere to our social distance walking visitor guidelines.

Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.


Lynden’s Summer 2022 Dog Days

This summer, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund, we are offering special programming during our monthly dog days. This gift came with a prompt: How can we acknowledge the role that dogs played in helping so many of us survive the pandemic?

At Lynden, we were fortunate to be able to reopen the grounds to the public immediately after the initial COVID lockdown, and beginning in June 2020, the number of dogs visiting on dogs days soared. Nor was dog activity confined to dog days: many staff members brought their dogs to work at least occasionally and a few of our dogs became daily fixtures in both the house and the barn. Contractors we work with took to bringing their dogs, too. People called to ask if they could come with their dogs on non-dog days, and others simply showed up and started walking. We shared in the progress of a dog who came for regular rehabilitation sessions, noted the departure of elderly dogs who had been visiting since Lynden’s earliest days, and met new puppies.

The entire Lynden staff became involved in planning this summer’s programs. We thought, of course, about artists, but also about behavior and relationships, and about the environment. We remembered that last summer the August and September dog days aligned with our HOME Craft Markets, and many a human-canine dyad enjoyed strolling among the vendors, checking out the merchandise and meeting new people.

Between May and September, we offer opportunities to enjoy a dog-led tour; to memorialize your dog in an archival-quality tintype or a Shrinky Dink charm; to ask and artist and trainer about human/non-human relationships; to meet a conservation dog; and to share two HOME Craft Days (we know from last summer that Floyd, one of the Lynden dogs, is partial to Burmese noodles).

Summer 2022 Dog Days Schedule
May 21, 2022 – 10:30-11:30 am:
A Tour of Sticks with Lynden Dogs Floyd and Broonzy
June 18, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Margaret Muza Pops Up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden to Make Tintypes
June 18, 2022 – 11 am-3 pm: Ask a Trainer: Sara Caron on Human/Non-Human Relationships
July 23, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Sarah Gail Luther: Shrinky Dink Charms
August 20, 2022 – 11 am-3 pm: Pets Helping People
August 20, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market
September 17, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Margaret Muza Pops Up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden to Make Tintypes
September 17, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market

August 20, 2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

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The HOME Refugee Steering Committee at the Lynden Sculpture Garden invites you to observe WORLD REFUGEE DAY in a series of outdoor events and programs that celebrate Milwaukee's refugee communities through art, food, fashion, and performance.

Browse our outdoor market featuring crafts and other goods from Africa, Asia, and Indigenous makers. Afghan meals will be available for donation that directly benefit refugee women and their families (so don’t forget to bring cash!). Participants include:

All Bead Up: Native American Beadwork and Crafts created by Native American hands
April Sharifa: Traditional and modern fashionable clothes, make up, and bags sourced from Myanmar and Malaysia
Ayeza Bridal Clothes Collection: Indian dresses and jewellery, a collection by Rohingya Ayeza Simjee
Bloom For Growth: Artworks that bring awareness to refugee culture and beauty as opposed to suffering to inspire a different kind of conversation and address subconscious bias by Nada Alzalloum
Ethiopian Crafts: African and Ethiopian crafts, artworks and spices, a curated collection by Frey Faris
Myanmar Art: Watercolor paintings of Myanmar landscapes and portraits and other artworks by various Myanmar artists organized by Aung Myo Tin
Native Nation Designs: Plants and handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry and wearable art by Sabrina Lombardo
Fairouz: Gifts and antiques from across the world by Syrian Suheir Rashid
Farzana's Tailoring: Afghan clothes and dresses created and tailored by Farzana Faizi
Hasina & Habibah: One-of-a-kind Malaysian treats and festive desserts, called kuih
Hayati's Henna: Henna and Mehndi services with varied intricate designs and lengths
Hmodern Made: Ashley Xiong’s Hmong handmade hair accessories, apparel and other wearables
La Revo Books: La Revo Books offer a selection that is affordable, relevant and a reflejo of nuestra comunidad. New and used multilingual books for and by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), with a specialization in Latinx literature.
Mchete's African Treasures: Authentic, handmade African and Tanzanian clothing, fabric and accessories, and other African treasures
Rumaneh Nourish: Natural and organic skincare products inspired by owner Bisan Musa's Palestinian heritage
Song of the Sun Ceramics: Indigenous ceramic jewelry and pottery
Yenepa Herbals: Indigenous herbal products and medicinal remedies
Zoe's Burmese & Thai Snacks
and HOME 2022 sponsors and partners, including Community Center for Immigrants

About HOME
HOME is the theme of our work with refugee community leaders, community members, Call & Response artists, and allies. The HOME Refugee Steering Committee is building a space of leading, coming together, and celebrating refugees.

For all HOME 2022 programming, click here.

August 20, 2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Free.

Browse our outdoor market featuring crafts and other goods from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Indigenous makers. Bring a picnic or share some of the treats provided by the HOME community.

About Lynden’s Summer 2022 Dog Days
This summer, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund, we are offering special programming during our monthly dog days. This gift came with a prompt: How can we acknowledge the role that dogs played in helping so many of us survive the pandemic?

You can access the complete programming schedule for Summer 2022 Dog Days here.

August 20, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

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FREE

Have you ever wanted to learn how you and your dog can become a pet therapy team? At our August Dog Day, we will receive a visit from Pets Helping People (PHP). You will be able to meet some of their certified pet therapy teams and to visit with and pet their dogs. PHP will have information about their training program and will be able to answer your questions.

About Pets Helping People
Pets Helping People (PHP) is a local nonprofit founded in 1998 on the premise that a dog's unconditional love, when paired with a compassionate human, is a remarkable source of support and comfort. PHP's mission is to improve the lives of the vulnerable and others through pet therapy visits. Services include: training and accreditation, collaborations, education and awareness. The pet therapy teams volunteer their time and provide independent visits and participate in group events throughout southeastern WI. Some of the places the teams visit are residential communities, adult-day programs, hospitals, hospice units, veteran services, universities and reading programs for children to name a few.

Summer 2022 Dog Days Schedule
May 21, 2022 – 10:30-11:30 am: A Tour of Sticks with Lynden Dogs Floyd and Broonzy
June 18, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Margaret Muza Pops Up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden to Make Tintypes
June 18, 2022 – 11 am-3 pm: Ask a Trainer: Sara Caron on Human/Non-Human Relationships
July 23, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Sarah Gail Luther: Shrinky Dink Charms
August 20, 2022 – 11 am-3 pm: Pets Helping People
August 20, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market
September 17, 2022 – 10 am-4 pm: Margaret Muza Pops Up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden to Make Tintypes
September 17, 2022 – 11 am-4 pm: Dogs are Welcome at the HOME Craft Market

August 21, 2022 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

gardenhours

FREE

Artist-In-residence Jenna Knapp views the labyrinth as a physical representation of the kinds of spaces that she also holds in her coaching practice. The center becomes a place for not only individual reflection but an opportunity for connection and conversation with the community. During Garden Hours you can find Knapp at the center of the labyrinth (or up on the hill depending on the intensity of the sun) where she lends a listening ear to those who would like to be heard. Walk the labyrinth and set down some of your burdens, share your secrets with someone, or verbalize the dreams you haven't yet brought yourself to say out loud. Insight available upon request. Or just enjoy the charged energy of a shared space, at the center of a winding path.

Schedule

June 22, 2-4 pm
July 17, 11 am-1 pm
August 21, 11 am-1 pm
September 21, 2-4 pm

August 23, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

August 25, 2022 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The tenth annual fundraiser to benefit Lynden's education programs

The funds we raise through the barbecue are used to underwrite the cost of tours, field trips, and transportation for schools with limited financial resources; to provide scholarships for young people attending our art studio classes and summer camps; and to support professional development for K-12 teachers, particularly through our Innovative Educators Institute. The majority of K-12 students we serve attend MPS and receive our programs without charge. In 2021, and especially once schools reopened in the fall, we were able to serve over 3,400 children, most of them through hands-on, multi-service programs. This is about 50% more than we were able to serve in 2020, and we are watching those numbers climb again in 2022.

Tickets

Thursday, August 25, 2022
5-8 pm
2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217

Purchase a table for 4, 8 or a Family Pass to be seated with your own group.
Single ticket options: $100 per adult / $30 per child
Table options: $800 per table of 8 / $400 per table of 4 / $230 per family (up to 2 adults and 2 children under 18)
If you are interested in a different configuration, give us a call at 414-446-8794.
($440 of each table of 8, $220 of each table of 4, $100 of each family pass, and $55 of each single adult ticket is tax deductible.)
Purchase tickets online. If you prefer to pay by phone, give us a call at 414-446-8794.

Join us for our annual fundraiser to benefit Lynden’s education programs, featuring a feast of local, sustainable foods catered by Braise; desserts by the refugee chefs of Tables Across Borders; magic; and music.

Parking

Keehn's will be providing valet parking onsite.

Make a Donation

Can't attend but would like to support our Education Programs? Make a donation to Lynden.






Special thanks to our sponsors:




Baird Private Wealth Management - The ECAB Investment Group
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
David & Julia Uihlein
Anonymous

August 27, 2022 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Special offer for Lynden members!

Fee: $80
Registration: Advance registration required. Click here to register online. Please note: you must have an active Lynden membership to enroll. To purchase or renew a membership, visit https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/membership. Once you have completed your purchase, you can complete registration for the workshop.

Do you bonsai......or want to bonsai? Join the Milwaukee Bonsai Society members for a beginner class. We will teach you how to design a bonsai tree and how to keep it alive. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a tree, a bonsai pot, and a one-year membership to the club.

August 27, 2022 - 10:00am - August 28, 2022 - 4:00pm

Milwaukee Bonsai Society Annual Exhibition

Saturday, August 27, 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, August 28, 10 am-4 pm

Free.

Save the date for the Milwaukee Bonsai Society’s 51st annual exhibit—and their second at Lynden. More than forty trees will be housed under two tents on the main lawn, where they will be judged by visiting experts. Whether you are a spectator, a beginner, or are already practicing, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the art of bonsai.

August 30, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Fee: Free.
Registration: Advance registration required. Click here to register online. Work days are weather dependent.

Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson--for a work day in Lynden’s natural areas. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.

August 30, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am

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2022 Summer Session (June 7-Aug. 30): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am
2022 Fall Session (begins September 13): Tuesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Tuesdays in the Garden, designed for children aged 1-3, provides a nurturing environment where children’s curiosity and wonder are extended through play and exploration, and children and their caregivers learn and discover side-by-side. Join art educators Claudia Orjuela and Denice Niebuhr for hands-on art making and all-senses-engaged exploration of the outdoor world at Lynden. We’ll consider different themes, each designed to connect Lynden’s environment with children’s interests. We will encourage experimentation and the manipulation of art and natural materials to tell stories, solve problems, and develop relationships. Masks required indoors for adults and children ages 2 and up. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. To view our Guidelines for Parent-and-Child, Youth Workshops, click here.

Fee: $16/$12 members for one adult and one child.
Registration: Group size is limited; advance registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment – or a notification that you've been added to the waitlist – and a confirmation after payment is received. Register online now.

To view a list of the session themes, click here.

August 31, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Fee: Free.
Registration: Advance registration required. Click here to register online. Work days are weather dependent.

Join the Lynden land team—Kyle Welna, Robert Kaleta, Alyx Christensen, Annalesa Johnson--for a garden work day on Lynden’s grounds. With over 40 acres and more than half a dozen specialized garden spaces, Lynden provides many opportunities for volunteers, from removing invasives, to planting, weeding, and collecting seeds. Individuals with a few hours to spare and those ready to commit time on a regular basis are all welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves and digging tools (if you have them). Water, snacks, and additional tools will be provided.


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