Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Kari Hanson

Community Arts Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 W. Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
T: 414-475-8181

Kari Hanson is an artist, teaching artist , public education advocate, non - profit administrator, and community organizer who believes strongly in the transformative potential of the arts to empower individuals and unite and build communi ties. As the current Community Arts Specialist with Milwaukee Public Schools Division of Recreation and Community Services, she is the grant administrator for the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities and the MPS Arts Internship program. Through this w ork she strives to ensure that out of school opportunities provided by non - profit partners are of high quality, have deep and lasting impact and are accessible to all children and youth in the City of Milwaukee. In this role, she is also serving as the coordinator for a city - wide collective impact initiative, the mission and vision of which is to e nsure equitable access to high - quality arts education for all Mi lwaukee K - 12 children and youth in order to unlock their power to envision and create a just and thriving community. As an artist herself, c reating artwork in her home studio is a wa y for her to meditate on issues and ideas and re - focus and rebuild her energy. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally as well as featured in several publications on political art.