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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

August 28th, 2012 



Looking for ways to get involved in Milwaukee's creative community and make an impact? The next few weeks are full of events and activity. 


Milwaukee's first-ever creative conference, Creative Milwaukee at Work is only a few short weeks away. Tickets are still available- click to learn more and register.


The Dear MKE film series is off to a great start! Have you checked out the submissions yet or submitted something of your own? Visit for more information.


Been a while since the last time you partied on a bridge? Mark your calendar for the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge Celebration and Riverwalk Artwalk-- this event is free and open to the public on September 22nd, 2012.


Plus, MARNsalon is accepting applications, Art at the Center is coming up soon, and CAMPAC is still a hot topic. Scroll to read more!


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The Creative Alliance Team

Milwaukee's First Creative Conference is Less Than a Month Away!  



Have you registered yet for Milwaukee's first annual Creative Milwaukee at Work conference? That's right-- first annual. Milwaukee Creativity is worth celebrating, and we're planning on doing so every year! You won't want to miss out. Hosted by MIAD on September 21st, 2012, this one-day celebration of creativity will be where Milwaukee's creative community convenes, connects, and collaborates. 


A shout-out to our newly confirmed speakers! 

  • Bob Bishop, Marquette University College of Engineering Dean, will join the education panel, The Role of Creative Education in Talent Development.
  • BizStarts Milwaukee will lead an afternoon breakout session
  • Christine Harris will now not only moderate the education panel, but will lead an afternoon breakout session as well! 
Also featuring:
  • Keynote speaker Jack Turner, acclaimed film producer, Creative Director of Dear MKE, and former Milwaukeean
  • Education panel featuring representatives from Mount Mary, Marquette, UW-M, Alverno, and MIAD 
  • The Relationship Between Creativity and Business Success lunch panel discussion moderated by Bob Schwartz, General Manager, Global Design & User Experience, GE Healthcare
  • Interactive trade show with BoothTag and a chance to win prizes
  • Plus an optional Creative Salon at C-K following the conference to discuss how to make West Wisconsin Ave. come alive again 
Click here for a full schedule of the day's events and more information.

Well? Come! Space is limited- register now!

Show Your Love for Milwaukee and Spread the World About the Dear MKE Film Series!


The Dear MKE film series includes a short film about Milwaukee and 12 documentaries about the people, places and things that make Milwaukee special. This innovative project is a first-ever community collaboration to tell Milwaukee's story like it has never been told before. It's a project for Milwaukeeans, by Milwaukeeans, about Milwaukeeans.


The project is driven by community submissions and we need your help! Tell us what it is about Milwaukee that moves you - it could be a place you go that makes you feel special, a friend or neighbor who has done something great, a Milwaukee business or product - it could be anyone, anything.


Submit your love letter to Milwaukee in a written story, photo or video to help us show the world what makes Milwaukee a great place to learn, work, play and live. Your idea could be chosen as a documentary film topic, helping spread the word about what Milwaukee has to offer from a truly authentic point of view.


The project's creative director - a Milwaukee native who is now a Hollywood film maker, Jack Turner, explains it best.


Submissions may be entered until Oct. 12, 2012 for a chance to influence the content of the Dear MKE film series and win Milwaukee prize packages valued at up to $1,000.


For more details on the contest, how to enter and to view submissions, visit

Come to the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge Celebration and Riverwalk Artwalk!
Saturday, September 22, 2012 
Wisconsin Avenue Bridge 
Celebrate the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge at this free event! Watch 50 artists creating live on the Milwaukee Riverwalk, join in on Yoga lessons, enjoy live music, tug-of-war competitions and a Flotilla-Boat Parade on the Milwaukee River! 
Plus, what's an event without free beer? Doors Open Milwaukee participants can get a free beer from 4-6pm with an event program. Bike to the event? Get a free beer compliments of MKE-BKE. Travel to the event by kayak, canoe, or boat? Free beer compliments of Milwaukee Pulse.  
There will also be a VIP Barge with more live music and a beer and cheese tasting. Tickets for the Barge Party are $50 and space is limited.
The Wisconsin Avenue Bridge Celebration and the Riverwalk Artwalk is a community event brought to the public by the businesses and organizations that surround the bridge. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public.
Visit for more information, an event lineup, and to get involved!
Art at the Center to Celebrate the Arts in Milwaukee, Benefit the Center Street Artist Relief Fund


September 12, 2012



Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley Pavilion


This benefit event will feature entertainment from a variety of local performers, a visual art exhibition, a silent auction of items donated by local art organizations, a Riverwest Raffle, food, and drink. 


The tragic fire at 631 E. Center St. was a catalyst for diverse segments of the Milwaukee Arts community to come together in support of the Center St. Artists. Art at the Center is an opportunity to further support to these artists and continue the momentum toward a more unified Milwaukee Arts community.  


You can help the artists impacted by this tragedy by supporting the Center Street Artist Relief Fund. Click here for more information and to make a donation. Details and ticket information will be available soon.
MARNsalon is Currently Accepting Applications!

Want the opportunity to participate in Salon II of the 2012/2013 MARNsalon Exhibition Series: "Free Money"?

Artists selected will get to: 

  • Work with artist, writer, and curator, Michelle Grabner!
  • Build professional relationships with local curators, gallerists, and collectors
  • Engage in meaningful critical discourse with their community
  • Get feedback on their work from art professionals and creatives
  • Exhibit their work at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Gallery
  • Have their work featured in an exhibition catalog
  • Become a featured artist on

The MARNsalon Exhibition Series is a multi faceted professional development program offering artists in-depth critique, targeted networking opportunities, peer portfolio review, and the opportunity to exhibit in an established gallery.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. For application guidelines and more information, click here.

CAMPAC Applications Due 9/17, Contact Your County Supervisor to Support Milwaukee Arts Funding


Don't forget! Applications are due on Monday, September 17, 2012 for the 2013 Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic & Musical Advisory Council (CAMPAC). The form is currently available on the Milwaukee County web page. Click here for more details, the application, and application guidelines.

As you may know, maintaining CAMPAC's funding in the County Budget has been a challenge in recent years. We strongly encourage you to contact your County Supervisors and the County Executive (via telephone, email and/or written correspondence) and make the case for continuing the CAMPAC funding at its current level. Please reach out to your supervisor and share with them the impact of CAMPAC funding on your organization. Click here for County Supervisor contact information. 

Our advice to nonprofit arts groups is to contact the County Supervisor who is most closely linked to their mission and program delivery and make a very individual, data-driven case for support.
 The more personal, the better. For its part, Creative Alliance will work diligently to develop programs and resources that will help non-profits and creatives develop earned income revenue so that there is less dependence on contributed income. 


If you have any additional questions about CAMPAC funding or the application cycle, email Rick Clark, CAMPAC Administrator.

In This Issue
Register for Creative Milwaukee at Work
Dear MKE Film Series
Wisconsin Avenue Bridge Party!
Art at the Center Benefit Event
MARN Salon Accepting Applications
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