About Service Learning At MIAD

As MIAD’s Service Learning Program concludes its fourteenth year, we continue to build our base of community partners and to make substantial contributions to many different sectors of the southeastern Wisconsin community. Every year we get many compliments from partner agencies on the creativity and dedication of MIAD students.

Our student’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that support exemplary community service programs and best practices in campus-community partnerships.

MIAD distinguishes itself as a leader in art and design colleges by being one of the first to implement a required Service Learning Program comprising intensive courses and a minimum of 35 hours of community service per student.

Over the past year (Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015), students worked approximately 4,700 hours in southeastern Wisconsin nonprofit agencies. According to research done by the Independent Sector Organization, the value of volunteer time in 2012 was $22.14 per hour. This means that over the last year, MIAD students contributed over $104,056 in volunteer labor to improve their local communities.

The value of the program, however, extends beyond its impact on the wider community. For students, service learning adds a rich, hands-on component to their education and gives them the opportunity to experience and discuss the many ways in which individuals can make a positive impact on those around them. MIAD students are discovering previously untapped skills and revealing new components of their personalities.

Image 1: Radostina Maramska, 2012. Both images taken at Milwaukee’s Salvation Army Emergency Lodge while Julia Kirchner’s class created a mural for their residents.