6th Annual Student/Parent Educational Forum


On Saturday, October 12th, 2019  the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) / Mexican Fiesta will host the critically important forum, Student | Parent Educational Forum, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Flores Hall located at 2997 S. 20th St, Milwaukee WI 53215.  Event registration will start at 10:30 am, it is free of charge and fully bilingual (English & Spanish). 

This forum is to EMPOWER Hispanic students to become “agents of change” in their communities. Guest speakers will talk about the challenges facing today’s students at the local, state, and national levels. 

           The forum's target audience will be students from local middle and high schools, colleges as well as parents, Hispanic professionals, community leaders and others concerned with the future of Hispanic youth. The Student | Parent Educational Forum has continued to fulfill and expand the mission statement of the organization (Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc./Mexican Fiesta).  I would appreciate any coverage of the event, if you are able to attend please send me an e-mail with your confirmation. Attached you will find the flyer with the information (English & Spanish).

*Pre-registration is now available at www.mexicanfiesta.org/studentforum/

*Only Pre-registered students will receive a 2019-2020 Scholarship List via email after attending the event.

For more information call 414.383.7066 or visit www.mexicanfiesta.org.

Let's work together to help young students become "agents of change!”


Art Museum Hosts Día De Los Muertos Celebration

Press Release


September 24, 2019 – On Sunday, Oct. 13, families are invited to once again celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead with the Milwaukee Art Museum at Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: Día de los Muertos. For 22 years, the Museum has partnered with artists and organizations from the Milwaukee community to host popular Día de los Muertos family events.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., families will take over the Museum as they explore the colors and symbols of Day of the Dead through art activities such as making paper flowers and skeleton paintings. Visitors are invited to create a remembrance of someone special who has passed to add to the community ofrenda (altar).

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., representatives from First Stage Children’s Theater will join visitors at the Museum for the event. Families can learn about the world premiere of On the Wings of a Mariposa, a play set amidst the Monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, as they receive Monarch butterfly tattoos and decorate mini posters of the show.

Celeste Contreras, 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, will bring mixed-media art that honors her ancestors, while Walker’s Point Center for the Arts will explore some of the holiday’s special traditions with visitors. Marina Croft’s Milwaukee-based Dance Academy of Mexico will present Mexican folkloric dance in traditional costumes beginning at 11 a.m.

The cost to attend Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: Día de los Muertos is included in Museum admission. Thanks to Kohl’s, Museum attendance is always free for kids ages 12 and under.

Related Museum Events:

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s mobile art studio, Kohl’s Color Wheels, will be at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, for opening weekend of On the Wings of a Mariposa. From 2:30 until 3:15 p.m., families attending the shows can create wearable Monarch butterflies to take home as a keepsake. The Kohl’s Color Wheels team will also join artist in residence Celeste Contreras at the Mitchell Street Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 until 7 p.m., for a traditional Día de los Muertos celebration and procession. The Museum’s off-site studio program provides art activities, free of charge, at events throughout the community year-round.

The Museum will display the ofrenda again on Nov. 2 throughout the day in Windhover Hall.

Also on Nov. 2, from 7–10 p.m., the Museum will host a special evening celebration presented by El Conquistador Latino Newspaper for Dia de los Muertos with a Catrina costume contest, an authentic Mexican dinner, and a night of dancing. Tickets are $50/$40 for Museum Members, available in advance by calling El Conquistador Latino Newspaper at 414-383-1000.

About Family Sundays

Families can experience art together at Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, the Museum’s special event with hands-on art-making activities, performances, and more, which happens five times a year. For additional information, visit mam.org/artgeneration.

About Milwaukee Art Museum

Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. In 2016, after a yearlong renovation, the Museum reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition. This reimagined space also allows for the presentation of additional changing exhibitions. For more information, please visit: mam.org.

General Admission Pricing

$19 Adults

$17 Students (w/ID), Seniors (65+)

Free for Kids 12 & under every day thanks to Kohl’s

Free to Members

Free to Wisconsin K–12 teachers with valid school ID or pay stub

Free the first Thursday of every month, sponsored by Meijer

Tour groups or school groups should call 414-224-3842.


Investments Move Construction of New Cristo Rey High school

Leadership Continues Fundraising Efforts to Complete $33 Million Project


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee announced this morning that construction has begun with its new school located at 1818 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee, which will become the school’s new location starting in fall of 2020. This morning Cristo Rey Jesuit High School leadership hosted a special commemorative event with approximately 800 students, families, staff, corporate partners, benefactors and other guests in attendance to announce building highlights and fundraising updates.

Cristo Rey Jesuit leadership is continuing fundraising efforts in order to complete the project. A collective investment from individuals, corporations and foundations, combined with Cristo Rey's initial purchase of the property, New Market Tax Credits, and a responsible level of financing has allowed Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to begin the $33 million project in the Clarke Square neighborhood. General Contractor CG Schmidt projects the new building foundation will be complete during this coming fall, the building structure will be complete during winter, the building will be enclosed in late winter, and the completion and move-in dates will be in the beginning of fall for the 2020 school year. 

Guests at the commemorative event this morning participated in a ceremonial signing of the new building’s structural beams, which will be used in the construction of the new school. The activity signified the foundational work being done by stakeholders to fund the new school, as well as the community impact of preparing students to successfully fill the talent pipeline for Milwaukee’s workforce.

The new school is part of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee’s long-term strategic plan. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is in its fifth year with an enrollment of 398 students and is currently located at 1215 S. 45th Street, West Milwaukee, which is approximately 45,000 square feet. The school graduated its first class of seniors this past spring. One-hundred percent of the senior class were first-generation college-bound students, and accepted by more than one college or university. Based on current enrollment, admissions activity, and needs for Cristo Rey Jesuit’s programming, the new school will accommodate the projected ongoing enrollment total of 400-500 students and be approximately 100,000 square feet, which will accommodate all of the programming required for Cristo Rey’s college preparatory and work-study programming. 

“We can't thank our benefactors enough for ensuring that our vision of building a new school to provide enhanced college-prep academic and extracurricular programming becomes a reality,” said Andy Stith, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee president. “We’re excited about the next chapter of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee and we invite potential collaborators to be a part of this incredible initiative to support Milwaukee's future workforce and positively impact our broader community.”

The new state-of-the-art building on National Avenue will allow the school to optimize its educational model by expanding academic, athletic and artistic offerings. The new building will provide several needed opportunities for the students, such as dedicated spaces for performing arts and visual arts, a regulation-size basketball, soccer and fitness training facilities, additional parking for the safety and security of students, a library and media center, additional science labs, spaces for student innovation including robotics and computer programming, collaborative 

work and conference spaces for staff and board, chapel space for in-school service and private social, emotional and college counseling spaces.

"The best thing about the new school is how much more access there will be for everybody that needs an education," said John Jimenez, a Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee student, who is a junior from the Clarke Square area. 

Approximately a year and a half ago, Mike and Lynn Giffhorn and Paul and Paula Eberle, chief executive of Husch Blackwell, agreed to co-chair the Ignite. Invest. Impact. Campaign for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. At that time, and unlike other schools, Cristo Rey Jesuit did not have large networks of alumni and parents to draw upon for financial support. Despite these challenges, leadership remained confident throughout the early part of the campaign as community leaders stepped forward to invest. 

“We were able to surpass our $10 million short-term fundraising goal, raising just over $11 million in under a year to be able to begin construction,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Governance Board Chair Mike Giffhorn. “We are deeply humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support, although our work is not done. We must raise an additional $8 million to complete the funding of this $33 million project and avoid incurring debt.” 

“With education comes opportunity. Quality education is one of the best tools we can provide our children to help prepare them for success," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Cristo Rey’s innovative work-study program is allowing their students, and in turn our city, to thrive. We’re proud to provide funding to their new location and look forward to seeing the success that will transcend from the classroom into our community."

A special Long Range Planning Committee and several school leaders thoroughly evaluated multiple sites and expansion options over the course of three years before deciding to purchase the location on National Avenue. The property meets all of Cristo Rey’s criteria, including accessibility to major roads and highways to provide easy access for Cristo Rey Jesuit High 

School families as well as to safely transport students to Corporate Work Study Program locations. 

“We knew the school desperately needed a new physical space to be able to flourish and benefit youth and their families in the Milwaukee community,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Governance Board Chair Mike Giffhorn. “This project is about building a suitable facility, but even moreso, it's about bettering educational opportunities and combatting intergenerational poverty.”

To invest in the futures of Milwaukee students, community members can visit http://www.igniteinvestimpact.org to make a charitable, tax-deductible contribution. 

About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee 

Cristo Rey Jesuit, a Catholic high school for young women and men of all faiths and limited financial means, integrates rigorous academics, professional work experiences and spiritual development to empower graduates to succeed in college and life. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School opened its doors in the fall of 2015 to its first freshman class as the 29th of now 37 Cristo Rey Network High School in the United States. After graduating this past spring, 95% of this class is now enrolled in local universities and colleges. Current students work one day a week at one of the school's over 70 corporate work partners around the greater Milwaukee area. Learn more at www.cristoreymilwaukee.org