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In 1994, Marlene Doerr Kreilkamp, a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum, had a moment of inspiration that led to SHARP Literacy’s beginning two years later. Intrigued by the idea that art has the power to inspire student achievement, she worked to create an arts-based literacy program that operated in 13 schools with 900 students. SHARP Literacy was subsequently incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization.

Over the past 25 years, SHARP has grown exponentially, geographically, and technologically to be a driving force for educational excellence throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The organization operates on the core belief that children can be inspired to achieve academic goals through creative expression, no matter their circumstances.

Today, SHARP is led by President and CEO Lynda Kohler and has evolved to stay relevant to today’s youth, offering a wide range of comprehensive science and technology-focused programs with an emphasis on community partners. These programs encourage curiosity, creativity and discovery and help to sharpen critical thinking, problem-solving & communication skills.

SHARP Literacy continues to seek new and innovative partnerships and projects to achieve our mission.