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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

July 28, 2011


This Wednesday, 27 leaders from the region gathered to share their ideas on the vision for the future of the Creative Alliance. Their assignment? Begin to shape the core beliefs and values, vision, and mission of the Alliance, the organization at the forefront of an exciting movement in the Milwaukee region.


Visioning Session 2The Alliance should continue to bring together a diverse group of people, cutting across industries and counties, to inspire creativity and prosperity for the region, participants said at the community visioning session held at Kahler Slater's Milwaukee office.


The session, facilitated by Board Co-Chair Jill Morin, opened with what she calls "Metaphoria" - a visual exercise in which groups of five selected an image that represents the Alliance's current state. Watch Joe Kurth, General Manager of The Pfister Hotel, describe his team's image.


As the day progressed, participants agreed to many common objectives, including attracting and retaining top talent for the region, promoting the rich creative assets that already exist, advocating for creative education and funding, as well as connecting resources and people to build a strong infrastructure for creative organizations and individuals. 


Click here for video and pictures from the session.


Next steps for the Creative Alliance? The Creative Alliance Board and staff plan to meet August 17 to further refine the ideas from the session, after which they will gather the visioning session attendees for a final review. "We will have a completed vision, mission and strategy by the end of September," Morin stated.


What's the Alliance doing between now and the end of September?

  • Building and promoting the Creative Hub as a tool for creatives to find work, promote themselves and their organizations, and stay informed about happenings in the creative industries.
  • Launching a new membership program (Member Orientation on August 9, 4:30PM)
  • Creative Education research and advocacy
  • County-specific updates on the results of the  report
  • Networking events

Read below for more updates in the region!


Laurel Osman, Shirah Apple & Denise Lubotsky
The Creative Alliance Team 
Creativity Works Here Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream

August 3, 4:30 - 5:30

Chocolate Factory @ Grand Avenue
Check out the available creative workspaces in the Plankinton building of The Shops of Grand Avenue and enjoy delicious ice cream and endless toppings for $2.50. The Y, UWM, Spreenkler, VETransfer, Milwaukee Public Theatre, ART Milwaukee and many more will be on site providing tours and speaking about their organizations.


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Creative Alliance Member Orientation
August 9, 4:30 - 5:30PM

Downtown Milwaukee

Open to Members & Non-Members

New to Creative Alliance Milwaukee Membership? Curious about what it means to be a member? 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, answer all your questions. This is your creative connection - learn how to use it!


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America's Imagination Summit
By Christine Harris 


America's Imagination Summit
Deepak Chopra speaking at America's Imagination Summit
Presented by the Lincoln Center Institute, this summit gathered over 150 invited participants to advance embedding the study and implementation of 'imaginative learning' throughout our communities. The Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) is committed to the ICI continuum - Imagination (capacity to conceive what is not), Creativity (imagination applied), and Innovation (unique or novel creativity). 


This summit was the culmination of 50 'imagination conversations' around the USA during the course of the LCI's 50 anniversary. People in the room (which was the very first venue Wynton Marsalis performed in as a professional in New York) included those who participated in these conversations and others who are working in the field of imagination and creativity. The introductory panel included Sir Ken RobinsonDeepak Chopra; Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering . Thoughts I took away from this include: 1) if we associate creativity with just the arts we will be missing a lot, 2) imagination is more about the soul than the mind because it takes us beyond the internal dialogue/noise, 3) the field of creativity is really the field of potential, 4) the impact and import of storytelling cannot be overstated, 4) people want to be 'embedded' in their own imaginative life, and people need to be given the freedom to tell their own story.

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Call for Artists: ART POP!

Art Pop

Open invitation for local artists to become involved in the fight against AIDS through a fun, 8-year tradition called ARTPOP! The brainchild of a local architect and entrepreneur, ARTPOP! has provided crucial funding for prevention, care and treatment programs for the fight against AIDS in our state.


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Member Spotlight: Present Music

Present MusicPresent Music is Milwaukee's internationally acclaimed new music ensemble. Celebrating 30 years of new music, Present Music commissions, performs, records, and tours the music of living composers. In the past quarter century, more than 55 new works, by composers from around the world, have come into existence because of Present Music. Founded by Kevin Stalheim, Present Music works closely with many of the world's most exciting and significant composers while supporting the talents of emerging voices. It nurtures the next generation of composers through its education program, the Creation Project. 


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Member Orientation
America's Imagination Summit
Member Spotlight
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