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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

June 23, 2011


Thanks to the Business Journal for publishing another story on Creativity Works Here, helping us spread the word about the exciting developments in Grand Avenue. If you haven't been through the Mall lately, it's worth taking a trip and visiting Milwaukee Public Theatre, Spreenkler Creative and Talent Labs, VETransfer, Flipeleven and more.


Christine Harris, our consulting advisor, has been busy traveling this week for two national conferences where she was asked to speak about the creative industries in the Milwaukee region. Catch the highlights below.


Make sure you register for our next networking event on July 20. It's cheap, got great food and drinks, and most importantly, will be full of the people you want to get connected with! Join us!


We also wanted to apologize to our member, Eric Oxendorf, for misspelling his name in the last newsletter. 




Laurel Osman, Shirah Apple & Denise Lubotsky
The Creative Alliance Team 
National Council on the Arts Webcast
Friday, June 24 8:00am

The 173rd meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place this Friday, June 24, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Watch a live webcast at


The meeting will explore examples of creative placemaking at work. Presentations will be made by Cedric B. Glover, mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana; Christine Harris, consulting advisor for Creative Alliance Milwaukee and president of Christine Harris Connections; and environmental artist Lorna Jordan.

AFTA Conference Recap

By Christine Harris, consulting advisor for Creative Alliance Milwaukee

AFTA Photo 

As I have done for many years (first for United Arts Funds, and now for Urban Arts Federations), I attended the AFTA conference this year. You may recall that the Cultural Alliance hosted the 2006 national AFTA conference in Milwaukee. This year, I had the privilege of being part of four presentations all related to our Creativity Works! project. About 1,000 arts colleagues from around North America gathered to discuss what is happening in the arts today and exploring the future opportunities. It was a great opportunity to link up with colleagues, meet new friends and find out how others are navigating their worlds.


First, I presented to the State Arts Agency Network. They represent state-wide arts support agencies. Many of them were dealing with how to work with the 'creative economy'. Some were enthusiastic about it and others were concerned that focus and support of nonprofit arts would get lost in this work. It is clear that this development needs to be a win/win and not an either/or. 


Second, I was on a panel in a general session: Cultural Affairs to Creative Affairs. Panelists other than myself are in the photo. From the left - Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer, Office of Arts/Culture and the Creative Economy, Philadelphia, PA; Elaine Mariner, Director, Colorado Creative Industries (their former Colorado Arts Board), Denver, CO; Helena Fruscio, Executive Director, Berkshire Creative, Pittsfield, MA; moderator Marc Goldring, Associate Principal, WolfBrown, Brookline, MA. We presented to a completely packed room. 

Mind of the Monkey Video

Mind of the Monkey VideoBuzz Monkeys has been a close partner with Creative Alliance Milwaukee over the past year as we conducted an extensive research study and developed a strategic plan that quantifies, redefines and ultimately expands Milwaukee's creative class. As a passionate supporter of our region's creative economy, we're proud to welcome Mary Roberts, Buzz Monkeys' Top Banana, to our new board of directors. Learn more about our partnership through their recent Mind of the Monkey video. 


Watch the Video >

Champions of the Arts

June 28, 2011 5:00pm

Celebrate outstanding individuals who support the arts in Milwaukee! Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Theatre. 

  • 5 p.m. Social hour with a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, cash bar, and roving entertainers, including musicians, magicians, and fortune tellers
  • 6 p.m. Champions of the Arts Awards
    • Brad Bernard, Executive Director, Community Art and Funk Festival; Assistant Professor, Mt. Mary College; award-winning teacher and visual artist.
    • Mario Costantini, arts and civic activist, owner of La Lune Collection, helped found a Riverwest youth center, launch the citywide "Mad Hot Ballroom" school dance competition and helped put together the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.
    • Julia Taylor, President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; art enthusiast and photographer.
  • 7 p.m. Silent Auction Announcements, Music

More >

Nurturing This City's Start-Up Culture

Last week, J.B. Kropp of the Brandery in Cincinnati visited Milwaukee as a guest of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. "As a first-time visitor to Milwaukee, I came away impressed about several aspects the city and surrounding area have to offer," Kropp said. "I left knowing that Milwaukee has a great opportunity to capitalize on a healthy entrepreneurial community that can be the foundation for a vibrant landscape of technology start-ups and that can position the city and surrounding area as an attractive hub for young, entrepreneurial-minded talent."


Read the Full Article on JS Online >  

Volunteers Needed July 20

Creative Alliance needs volunteers for Hub Live: Miller Time on July 20. All volunteers receive free admission!


What we're looking for:

  • Videographer (4 needed) - Interview event attendees and record short segments. Flip camera and questions will be provided.
  • Registration (1 needed) - Greet and welcome guests.
  • Facilitator (2 needed) - As a facilitator for our networking table, you'll be greeting people and helping them share information about their projects and resources. If you're outgoing, know the creative community well, and are good at helping others connect, this is the role for you!
  • General help (2 needed) - Fill in as needed.

 Sign Up to Volunteer > 

Member Spotlight: Walker's Point Center for the Arts

Walkers Point Center for the ArtsWalker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) is a nonprofit organization in support of visual and performing arts and education. For nearly 25 years, WPCA has prided itself on being a haven for the youth of our community, as well as a place to showcase Milwaukee's premiere artistic talent. With two gallery spaces and seven yearly exhibitions, WPCA has formed a firm grounding as one of Milwaukee's premier art venues.


Learn More about Walker's Point Center for the Arts >


Learn More about Membership > 

Welcome New Members
In This Issue
Nat'l Council on Arts Webcast
AFTA Conference
Mind of the Monkey Video
Champions of the Arts
Member Spotlight
Welcome New Members
Hub Live: Miller Time
Featured Job Postings
Featured Event
Hub Live: Miller Time

Wednesday July 20

5:00 - 8:00pm

Fred's Pub

Sponsored by MillerCoors 


Make sure you register for Hub Live Miller Time! In addition to sumptuous food and drink at the right price (only $5!), we've got a great program lined up for you to meet, connect, and learn: 

  • Drop in to our facilitated networking table 
  • Learn more about our creative education initiatives
  • Help us promote the value of creative education by sharing your stories
  • Just for fun, MillerCoors has paired beers with menu items

We'll have an in-house expert talking about "The Art of Beer Tasting"--for those who want to know more. 


See you on July 20!


FREE - Creative Alliance Members

$5.00 - Non-Members


Must be 21 to attend. Advance registration required!

Register >

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