Bruce-Guadalupe Named 2010 Charter School of the Year
October 15th, 2010
At a gala held on Friday, October 15 at Discovery World in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association (WCSA) held their annual awards presentation in four categories, including Charter School of the Year which was awarded to Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS). Award winners were selected from nominations collections throughout the state via peer nomination.
Congratulations to the Teachers, Staff, and Administration of BGCS!
We’re proud of your efforts and accomplishments and grateful for what you’re doing for the future of our community every day!
Strings Program Released Their First Album at Gala Benefit
September 18th, 2010
The Latino Arts Strings Program released their first CD, Los Viajeros (The Travelers), on Saturday, September 18 at Latino Arts’ sixth annual Noche de Gala, a benefit for Latino Arts programming. The Strings will also performed at the event, which featured the exhibition opening of Luis Barragán Legacy and a performance from local favorites De La Buena.
These young musicians are receiving classical music training in violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar, and their dedication to the music and precise musicianship has gained the group notoriety beyond your average student orchestra. In the last year alone, the Latino Arts Strings Program has been featured on 88.9 RadioMilwaukee, profiled on Milwaukee Public Television’s Arts Digest, and invited to attend a special White House Art Series hosted by the First Family, in addition to more than two-dozen performances throughout the region.
In the eight years since its inception, Latino Arts Strings Program Founder and Director Dinorah Marquez has seen both her student-musicians and the program grow by leaps and bounds. Over 130 students and alumni of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School between the ages of four and seventeen compose her youth orchestra, and while many of them had never held an instrument prior to joining the program, 17 now play in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra—four of whom hold principal chairs for their instruments. Participants of the Latino Arts Strings Program hold exceptional academic records and have pursued education at some of Milwaukee’s top high schools; several students are beginning to see their musical talents rewarded with scholarship options at the college level.