Music festival raises money for Milwaukee art classes

It's billed as the largest local music festival for local artists, and you have the chance to attend over the next three days and raise money for a good cause. 

The musical group of "King Myles" performed before a backdrop of an art gallery at the Arte Para Todos Music Festival. They were the first act for a four-day festival that will take place in five Milwaukee area neighborhoods. It took place at the Var Gallery in Walker's Point. 

Over the next three days, more than 70 bands will take part at dozens of locations. The goal of the festival is to raise money for local art classes and help teachers with supplies.  

Money raised will support art programs at Kagel Elementary, Doerfler Elementary, South Division High School,  and Express Yourself MKE.

"We hear about schools that are given choices like you are either going to lose your art teacher of funding for supplies. We don't believe arts are expendable," event organizer Josh Evert said.  

 In addition to Walker's Point, musicians will be performing in Bay View, Riverwest, and Milwaukee's  North and East sides. Patrons can pay $8 for a single venue or $20 for a weekend pass. 

Members of the group "Two Tones"  support the event because it's good for Milwaukee.

"I went to MPS, and my mother is a music teacher so this helps her directly," said singer songwriter Kyndal Johnson.

Two Tones Bass player Calvin Turner agrees.

"Milwaukee has seen a lot of crime and violence, I know if people found what they loved to do in the art scene it would stop a lot of violence and crime that's going on," Turner said.

The Arte Padres Music Festival is in its 4th year and has raised more than $60,000.

"I believe art teaches empathy if I understand your artwork I might be able to understand you a little bit better," Evert said. 

The Arte Para Todos Music festival is painting a positive portrait through Milwaukee's vibrant art scene.

"We have amazing talent in this city," Evert said. 

For more information on bands and locations go to the event's website
 

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