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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

May 20, 2011

This week, the Creative Alliance sat down with Secretary of Commerce Paul F. Jadin to share the findings on the creative industries and recommend that it become a focus for economic development in the region. It was a great conversation! Read the details below.

If you haven't signed up to attend Creativity Works Here on June 8th at 5:30, please do! It's a great way to see first-hand the exciting developments going on in downtown Milwaukee and you might even find some affordable space options for yourself.

Finally, congratulations to the five organizations in Greater Milwaukee who recently received grants from the NEA. See the list below. 

Have a great weekend, 


Christine Harris
Executive Director
Creative Alliance Milwaukee 
Creative Alliance Sits Down with Secretary of Commerce
Creative Alliance Board co-Chairs, Jill Morin and Mike Jones, along with Executive Director Christine Harris, had the privilege of meeting with the new Secretary of Commerce, Paul F. Jadin, in the Alliance offices this week.


JadinThe purpose of our meeting was to introduce Secretary Jadin to the region's creative industries and ask that they be one of the clusters for targeted economic development. The Alliance made the case that the large number of smaller businesses, the entrepreneurship capacity and the creative environment developed made this an important cluster to meet the Governor's goals of more jobs and more business growth for the State of Wisconsin.


Secretary Jadin was very interested in what the Alliance outlined and has promised that the creative industries will be an identified cluster for growth in one of his department areas in the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the details of which are still being worked out. The Alliance asked for the State to consider funding for a statewide creative industries profile.


The Alliance is thrilled to make the connection, and as he said to us - 'you are on my radar screen'.

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2011 NEA Grants - Congrats!
$75,000 - John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Inc
$20,000 - Ten Chimneys Foundation, Inc., Woodland Pattern, Inc. 
$10,000 - Express Yourself Milwaukee Inc, RUACH Inc 
Scientists & Musicians Compare Notes

NPRNPR had an interesting story on All Things Considered this week: One of the challenges among scientists is to describe the work they do in language the rest of us can understand. That's the idea behind a new program at the University of Tennessee that uses music to bridge that communication gap. Songwriters are asked to take complex concepts and condense them into short, easy-to-understand stories.

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Business Development Rock Star

One of Creative Alliance's Platinum Members, C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions, a design software training and creative staffing agency, is looking to grow their team!


C2 currently seeks a dynamic, self-motivated business development professional, a hunter, if you will, who will help C2 continue to build relationships with new and current staffing and training clients throughout southeastern WI.


The right person will manage business development activities and provide some account management for placement of creative professionals (web and graphic designers, production artists, marketing and public relations professionals, copywriters, art directors and creative directors, etc.) and for our software training clients in Milwaukee, Madison, Sheboygan, Kenosha and all parts in between.

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Member Spotlight: Organic Arts
Organic Arts Ltd. is a down-to-earth collaboration of veteran fine artists and educators who use music, storytelling, science, and genuine grassroots arts performances to teach history, heritage, language, reading, social justice, and the environment.
Welcome New Members
  • Artistic Finishes, Inc
  • Buzz Monkeys 

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In This Issue
Secretary of Commerce
NEA Grants
Scientists & Musicians
Business Development Rock Star
Member Spotlight
Welcome New Members
Featured Job Postings
Featured Events
Featured Job Postings

         Business Development Rock Star

         Development Intern

         Exhibiting Artist Member

         Marketing Accnt Exec/Sr.

         Volunteers Needed

         Sr PR/Marketing Specialis

         PR Street Team Member 

         QC/Programming Intern

         Marketing Intern

         Sr. Marketing Associate

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Featured Events
Creativity Works Here

Wednesday June 8

5:30 - 7:00pm

Shops of Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue

Join us for a creative business space open house!

Visit the beginnings of a new creative community hub in the middle of downtown Milwaukee. Meet the current tenants and tour the many extremely affordable and professional workspaces: 

  • 5:30 Networking
  • 6:00 Introduction to creative business spaces available in Grand Avenue
  • 6:30 Tours available

Sponsored by Shops of Grand Avenue in partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Kahler Slater   

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Hub Live: Miller Time

Wednesday July 20

5:00 - 8:00pm

Fred's Pub
Sponsored by MillerCoors 


Creative Alliance Milwaukee's next networking event!


Delicious appetizers, relaxed summer networking and responsible free beer sampling in the pub and spacious patio! 


FREE - Creative Alliance Members

$5.00 - Non-Members

Register >

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