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March 4, 2011

Dear ,  
Wisconsin Arts Advocacy Day took place in Madison yesterday with over 150 people from across the state. My presentation of our 'Creative Industries' report was very well received and many communities wanted to know how they could do such a study. We learned of the Governor's budget eliminating the Wisconsin Arts Board as an agency, and folding an 'arts program' under the Department of Tourism. In addition, the budget was cut 75%. During our legislative visits (yes, the Capitol Building really looks like it's being well used!), we talked about the impact of our 'creative industries' and that arts investment needs to be maintained in order to grow our regional economy. More as the budget process unfolds!

Thank you to everyone for submitting feedback on options for our new name. We've narrowed down to a small list of your top choices and look forward to revealing the new organization to you. We are holding our next event at Moct in the Third Ward on April 14 at 5:00 - 7:00pm to reveal our:
  1. New name & mission
  2. New online networking website for creatives
  3. New membership program with great benefits!

Look for an invite next week!

Christine Harris
Executive Director
Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee

Save the Date...

Creative Hub Live: Grand Opening

April 14, 5:00-7:30pm at Moct in the Third Ward
Join us on April 14 for the launch of Milwaukee region's very own creative industries networking website! The Cultural Alliance will also be announcing its new name and mission. As always, there will be good food, music and plenty of people to connect with!

Guests will have the opportunity to join those who have already registered their profiles and connect with the over 800 people and 300 organizations that have participated in Creativity Works! in the past. "Creatives" of all kinds--for-profit creative businesses, nonprofit arts/culture organizations, and individual artists and creatives--will have the opportunity to network and build connections to grow their businesses.

The celebration will also include food/cash bar and a drawing for a free year-long membership with the new organization.

Registration will open next week!

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Arts Digest Special: Harnessing Our Creativity
March 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV 10.1 HD
There's been an idea percolating about how design and artistic thinking can become embedded in business thinking. Working with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee recently commissioned a study to inventory Milwaukee's creative resources and how they can be leveraged to integrate creative thinking into old industries and develop new business and industries in our region. The results of the study are surprising. Interviewed are Christine Harris, president of Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and 13 others who cross a variety of creative and business sectors, including: David Kohler, president and COO of Kohler Company, Dawn Helsing Wolters, managing director of Milwaukee Rep, Julia Taylor, president of Greater Milwaukee Committee, Mike Lovell, interim chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, and Willie Heins, president of the Milwaukee Common Council.
Length: 00:26:46 / Episode: #104 / Source: MPTV
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Arts Action Alert: State Budget and Impact on the Arts, Arts Education and Creative Economy
Read up on arts funding implications from Gov. Scott Walker's Biennial Budget Address this week. If you believe that the arts are "part of the solution" for Wisconsin, find out how to speak up. Take Action!
Eddy Award Nominations - Due March 11
Nominations are due March 11 for the 2011 Eddy Award, which recognizes an arts organization, a corporation, or individual(s) whose commitment to collaboration has created a higher standard of excellence in arts education and arts visibility for our region. The Award is presented annually by the Bridge Committee of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Contact Laura Aaron Sear at the Wilson Center for details and nomination form:, 262-373-5037.
Econ for Opinion Leaders
Economics Wisconsin is offering a two day seminar & workshop for Nonprofit Professionals as well as Clergy. You can find out more about the workshop online here. Please feel free to contact Mark Schug with any questions - (414) 630-6585 or
UEDA Invites You to Party with a Purpose
The Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA) invites you to its 4th annual fundraising event, a celebration of culture and diversity, Carnival Milwaukee.

The event will feature world renown Congolese musician Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca as well as costumes, entertainment and food from around the world. The funds generated by the event will support UEDA in its commitment to organizations and service providers that build affordable housing, work in community development, offer financial education, and support entrepreneurship through direct business assistance or commercial revitalization efforts.

Saturday, March 5, 7:00 - 11:00pm
Zoofari Conference Center

Tickets: $40.00, purchased online at or by calling 414-562-9904.
DanceCircus performance Exposed to AIR; dance, music, wings and tornados
Betty Salamun and Artist Sue Lawton on tornadoes; Jacob Hey sings, Bill Close's sonic sculpture instruments WINGS; dancers' breath accompanies movement; and "catching air" a clean air talk-dance.

Friday March 11, 7:30pm
Saturday March 12, 7:30pm
Sunday March 13, 3:30pm (Spring Forward Day Light Savings)

DanceWorks Studio Theatre

1661 N Water Street Milwaukee

Box Office: 414-277-8481 or
Tickets: $25 Premium Reserved, $20 General Admission, $15 student/senior/artist rate.
NEW Job Posting
Development Director - Full Time
First Stage Children's Theater is seeking a Development Director to develop a comprehensive development plan each year that includes goals, strategies, timelines, and persons responsible for annual fund, special project, reserve, endowment, capital, and planned giving fundraising.
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Forest County Potawatomi Foundation * Frontier Airlines *

Greater Milwaukee Foundation  *  Harley-Davidson Motor Company *

Helen Bader Foundation  *  Kahler Slater  * Marcus Corporation  *  M & I Corporation  *  MillerCoors  * Northwestern Mutual Foundation *

The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation  *  Spirit of Milwaukee  * 

The Wagner Companies  *  West Bend Mutual Insurance  *  Wisconsin Arts Board