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Milwaukee Public Museum’s 10th Annual Poetry Competition Theme Announced for 2017-2018

4762384399_9f80ff4168_oBy Elizabeth Jorgensen

Are you looking for an authentic writing opportunity for your students? One Wisconsin-wide writers’ market is the Milwaukee Public Museum’s annual poetry competition.

This competition, now in its tenth year (2017-2018), is open to all Wisconsin students in grades three through 12. In this competition, students are challenged to tell creative, original stories in a poem of 30 lines or less.

This authentic writing opportunity can fit naturally inside your English or social studies curriculum. And the museum has provided a Poetry Competition Teacher Lesson Guide to help with lesson planning and research.

Each year, the Milwaukee Public Museum’s poetry competition theme changes. During the 2015-2016 school year, students wrote about the ancient world. During 2016-2017, they tackled food. But no matter the theme, student poems should use creativity and originality—and the authenticity and history of their topic—within the poem.

According to the museum’s webpage, “To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Milwaukee Public Museum’s Student Poetry Competition, the theme for 2017-2018 is 10 at MPM. The theme focuses on ten iconic exhibits that highlight the Museum, its collections, and mission, and celebrate its legacy as one of the region’s most treasured cultural institutions.” The ten iconic exhibits are the Hebior Mammoth, Humpback Whale Skeleton, Streets of Old Milwaukee, Butterfly Vivarium, Hell Creek, Native American Pow Wow, Crow Indian Bison Hunt, Masai Lion Hunt, Crossroads of Civilization, and Japanese House and Garden.

Although students and teachers could visit the museum, online resources allow students to research and create original poems without leaving the classroom. Void of a rubric, students poems are “judged on creativity, originality, imagery, artistic quality, and sense of poetic expression.”

Previous year’s winning poems can be viewed on the museum’s webpage. The 2017-2018 deadline is April 27, 2018. Teachers can mail in submissions (MPM Poetry Competition, Richard Hedderman, Milwaukee Public Museum, Education Section, 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478) or submit submissions online here.

You’re Invited! Diversity Gala at Milwaukee Public Museum

In Human Diversity Lies the Creativity of GodWant to make a difference in the lives of students?

Consider attending our annual Diversity Gala at the Milwaukee Public Museum!

This formal celebration of culture and diversity offers a unique opportunity to create connections within the community and show your support for diversity in the mental health profession.  Organized and initiated by the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology graduate student organization, the Diversity Gala is a fund-raising event supporting the endowment of the CECP Diversity Scholarship, an award presented to to selected counseling students who come from culturally diverse backgrounds.

This year’s Gala will be held on April 17, 2010 from 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of 8.

The ticket price include hors d’oevres, dinner, and dessert.   Feast on a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres while you peruse the Streets of Old Milwaukee, the European Village, Costa Rican Rainforest, and Third Planet Earth.  Then sit down to enjoy dinner and a selection of wonderful desserts.

A keynote address will be presented by Christopher Boston, Director of Sustainable Communities at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Milwaukee.  The Gala will also feature a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the Diversity Scholarship. Attire is semi-formal.

Reservations must be made on or before Friday, April 2, 2010. Regretfully, late requests cannot be accommodated. Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an e-ticket confirmation of your reservation for the evening.

For more information regarding the venue, please visit  To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, please contact Brittany Gresl, Social Events Chair, at

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