Service learning class highlights local LGBTQ history
Passion and purpose combined to make Adjunct Instructor Hj Bullard’s service learning class unique this year. Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) students in Bullard’s class “Storytelling the Environment” partnered with LGBT milWALKee to provide creative solutions for their new House of History project, which aims to share the stories of Black LGBTQ+ Milwaukeeans.
Created and directed by Dr. Brice D. Smith, LGBT milWALKee is an app and website dedicated to showcasing historically significant LGBT+ sites in Milwaukee. When the organization sought creatives to help launch their new House of History website, they partnered with MIAD students to create portraits of interviewees, produce animations and posters and even design shirts. In turn, students at UW-Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering conducted research and interviewed and filmed participants.
“It’s really interesting to take my experiences with art and bring them to other people,” says Kira Breitlow ’24, a student who worked on the House of History project. “Putting everyone’s skills together to see what you can make of it is really exciting to me.” Another student in the class, Intan Zulkifli ’24, said “being able to interact with people more in this city our school is in, it’s nice. Being able to form connections with them is lovely.”
Hj Bullard, the instructor for this service learning class, says collaboration like this prepares students for life after graduation. “It’s so important for students to work with people outside of the school because that’s what they’re going to be doing, even like a commission or even in a completely different field,” they said. “When it happens right, there’s so much creative potential and so much potential for collaboration and friendships.”
Working with members of Milwaukee’s LGBT+ community has also been a meaningful experience for students. “It’s very difficult to find material for LGBT historical stories in the first place, but especially Black oral history,” explains Bullard. “It hasn’t been recorded, or it’s been overlooked or even erased.” Zulkifli also appreciated connecting with a vibrant, thriving LGBT+ community outside of school: “Knowing there’s a community out there for us to connect with and even go to if necessary, that there are resources for us outside of MIAD, it’s really comforting,” she says.
The launch of the House of History website coincides with Pride month this June. An exhibit of student work for this project is on view on MIAD’s fourth floor. Read more about the House of History project and explore an interview with Dynasty Scott (illustrated by Intan Zulkifli), watch the video that students worked on for LGBT MilWALKee and learn about MIAD’s Liberal Studies programs!
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