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The Milwaukee Art Museum is offering free general admission on Mondays in March for Milwaukee County residents. The museum is promoting its programs as a great way to expose kids to art, especially since public schools have cut 25 full-time art teachers in the last year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s Irish jig time again! The 4th Annual Riverwest Pub Crawl to benefit children’s charities takes place on Saturday, March 20. To participate or for more info, call Erik at 414/431-0031. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ko-Thi African Dance classes in basic to advanced techniques of African and Carribean dancing and drumming began in late February and will run through May 29. Registration is ongoing, and classes are held every Saturday at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Blvd. Ko-Thi is offering a new class targeted specifically to baby boomers, taught by Ferne Caulker, founder and artistic director of Ko-Thi. Caulker says, “I’m over 50 myself and I believe in a nice and easy exercise program.” The goal of the course is to develop a flexible body while learning an art form of Africa. Students need to register in person at MHSA. Youth classes enroll children as young as 5 years old. Required dance attire for females includes a leotard, tights, and a lappa. Dance attire for males is sweat pants and a T-shirt. All dancers must be barefoot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 3 is Arts Day in Madison at the state capitol. Milwaukee Artist Resource Network head Mike Brenner encourages artists to come out and advocate for the arts in Wisconsin. “Your legislators need to hear from their constituents this year about the long-term, critical issues facing the arts and their support in your community,” he said. “We were successful last year in holding back drastic cuts to the Wisconsin Arts Board’s budget because so many of you voiced your advocacy for the arts through emails, letters, personal meetings, and participation in ARTS DAY at the State Capitol. The Assembly will hold a brainstorming session with Arts Day participants and other constituents, as part of its strategic planning process.