Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update
April 28, 2011


Yesterday, Shirah Apple and I visited UW-Parkside's Regional Center for ArtsKenosha and Humanities for the first county visit to share the results of the Creativity Works! project and to discuss how the Alliance can best serve Kenosha County. Dean Yohnk, interim dean of the Center, welcomed participants from the arts, economic development, the convention and visitors' bureau, education and others. In addition to presenting regional information and an update on the Creative Alliance, we also shared Kenosha-specific statistics:
  • Kenosha County is home to 1754 creative industry jobs, about 3.6 percent of the region's total creative jobs. 
  • Kenosha has a higher presence of visual and performing arts jobs than the region as a whole (19% vs 11%; 15% vs 12%).

Attendees listed among Kenosha's assets:

  • A beautiful harbor area hosting the Public Museum and Civil War Museum.
  • A weekly farmers' market and lakefront access with many summer activities.
  • Proximity to both Milwaukee and Chicago and the more rural parts of the county.
  • In 2012, UW-Parkside will complete its state of the art Regional Center for Arts and Humanities and will host a "Year of the Arts" featuring more than 250 arts and humanities-centered events.
Over the summer, the Creative Alliance will be visiting Washington, Walworth, Ozaukee, Racine and Waukesha Counties with similar updates. Watch this newsletter for more information.

We are seeking a host organization in Ozaukee County, so if you are interested please e-mail us.

Have a great weekend,


Christine Harris
Executive Director
Creative Alliance Milwaukee 
Reveal Milwaukee: $50,000 Up for Grabs
Deadline May 27
Do you have an outside-the-box idea that could transmit your love for Milwaukee to the world, an idea that needs some cash to get off the ground? 

"Reveal Milwaukee," a project of The Spirit of Milwaukee, a non-profit civic organization, has earmarked a total of $50,000 to underwrite creative and persuasive ideas to capture and spread what you love about Milwaukee.

spirit of milwaukeeReveal Milwaukee seeks unconventional methods and unique content so compelling it helps build positive buzz about Milwaukee. The winning projects will reveal a part of Milwaukee in such a memorable way that it naturally reaches wider audiences. We're not seeking a traditional advertising campaign. Other than that, how you do it is up to you. You can use any combination of technology, photography, news media, social media, video, music, events, web, buzz campaigns, meme propagation or any means that you see fit. Your imagination is the limit. Each project will be funded up to $10,000. Learn More 
UWW Innovation Center Grand Opening

May 5, 9:00 - 12:00PM

This week, Christine Harris, Executive Director of Creative Alliance Milwaukee, was invited to the University of Whitewater to speak to Megan Matthews' "Issues in Arts Management" class about the creative industries. Harris also had a chance to tour the not-yet-open Innovation Center. The color scheme, the inspirational quotes on the walls, the 3rd space opportunities, the high tech fitted out tenant spaces, the beautiful nature setting with its fabulous vistas, retainer pond and walking trails all make this a wonderful development for our region's creative and technology developers. The Center officially opens May 5 at a celebration open to the public. Learn More and RSVP 
MATC's 15th Annual Portfolio Night
May 11, 5:00 - 8:00PM
MATC's 15th Annual Portfolio Night will be held at Discovery World, 500 North Harbor Drive. Portfolio Night is MATC's annual showcase of creativity and innovation, with students from more than 20 academic programs. Learn More

Review Night: May 3, 5:00 - 7:00PM
The MATC AIGA student group is holding a portfolio review night in Room M570 at the Downtown campus. Learn More 
Call for Student-Made Video PSA
Lincoln Center Institute is excited to announce a call for student-made video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) exploring the topic of imagination or imaginatively treating other topics. Selected PSAs will be screened at America's Imagination Summit and/or posted on LCI's Web site. Learn More  
2011 Congressional Art Competition
April 30, 10:30 - 12:00PM
An Artistic Discovery is the annual Congressional High School Art Competition held in each Congressional district. Each year, the winning piece of art from each district is displayed with the national exhibition in the Cannon Tunnel, a pedestrian walk-way leading to the U.S. Capitol. An Artistic Discovery provides Members of Congress and the public an opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young Americans. Learn More and RSVP
200 Complimentary Tours Available for Ten Chimneys Day
Ten ChimneysIn celebration of "Wisconsin State Ten Chimneys Day," 200 free tours of Ten Chimneys will be offered to the public.
To Qualify: call (262) 968-4161 EXT. 526, BEGINNING AT 8AM CST ON SUNDAY, MAY 1st.The first 100 callers will receive 2 complimentary Full Estate Tour admissions (regularly $35 per person), for Thursday, May 26th - Ten Chimneys Day. Learn More
American Film Showcase
Application Deadline May 25
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for a cooperative agreement to administer the American Film Showcase - Contemporary Voices in Documentary and Fiction Film program. 
Welcome New Members
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In This Issue
Reveal Milwaukee
Innovation Center Opening
Portfolio Night
Call for Student-Made PSA
Congressional Art Competition
200 Free Tickets to Ten Chimneys
American Film Showcase
Welcome New Members
Featured Job Postings
Featured Events
Featured Job Postings
Featured Events
Executive Strategies Breakfast
May 11, 7:30 - 9:30am
WI Expo Center @ State Fair Park
Creative Alliance Members: $55.00
Tickets: $70.00 
BizTech Expo Executive Strategies Keynote Speaker Josh Linkner. Linkner will share insights and inspiration about how to use creativity to grow business. All attendees will receive a copy of Linkners new book. Learn More & Register
Josh Linkner

After-Hours Networking
May 11, 5:00 - 7:30pm
WI Expo Center @ State Fair Park
Creative Alliance Members: $20.00
Tickets: $30.00
Join BizTimes Milwaukee (and hundreds of their closest friends, readers, advertisers and partners) at the regions largest networking event of the year. Includes hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and a cash bar. Learn More & Register
Member Orientation
May 17, 4:30 - 5:30
Downtown Milwaukee
Free - Members ONLY
New to Creative Alliance Milwaukee Membership? Orientation is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the organization. Plus, it's a great way to meet people and jumpstart your network. Join us as we share our mission, strategy, services and benefits and, of course, answers all your questions. Learn More & Register
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