Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee Produce Stage Play to Address Violence in Milwaukee

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) is getting in some final rehearsals on a play crafted to address violence in Milwaukee.

 They raise the curtain on "Can You Hear Us Now? Man in the Mirror" Friday, June 3 at 6 the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

For the first time, BGCGM is partnering with local police officers, firefighters and other community leaders for this event as a response to the increase in murder rates within the past year.

The event is inspired by Michael Jackson's song, "Man in the Mirror," and is a live talent show featuring Club members' artistic gifts while also highlighting BGCGM partnerships with community and arts organizations

Using art as a platform, BGCGM is putting on these performances to remind our community how a single individual can make a change in our community, and together, we can make a safe summer. 

"It's important that we give them the opportunity to be the leaders that they are," Arts Education Manager La'Ketta Caldwell tells CBS 58 News. "They are amazing. They have a lot to say."

In 2015, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett officially declared June 3 "Can You Hear Us Now?" day in Milwaukee. 
This year's event is sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, First Stage, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Peace Propaganda Project, Signature Dance Company, the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. 

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