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“Safe Streets, Healthy Kids”: Arts At Large Feeds The Milwaukee County Zoo

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Listen: Earlier this week, we heard how Arts At Large brought together Northern Irish teens from the Ulster Project and kids from the Green Bay Avenue school to help some Milwaukee-based moose get rid of some invasive species in their yard. Well, their good deeds for the animals of the Milwaukee County Zoo didn’t end there — after learning a bit about some animals from the zoo’s wonderful staff, they took on the task of enriching some environment.

At first blush, this might seem like a pretty standard art project — paper mache, balloon, goopy hands, and a finished product. However, they used a mixture of water and flour as their adhesive, which is animal-digestible. So, after the paper mache dries, the folks at the zoo stuff the shell with food, and feed it to their animals. Awesome! Listen, as the kids get messy and creative: see podcast below.

In a couple weeks, we’ll be featuring the Safe Haven theme of Mentorship — you can hear more from the Ulster Project and Green Bay Avenue School kids then!

You can learn more about the many programs administered by Arts At Large here, the incredibly interesting Ulster Project here, and finally, you can check out the Milwaukee County Zoo’s website.

Produced by: Adam Carr