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February 24, 2011

Dear ,  
We are very excited to share the 3-minute pieces 88nine Radio Milwaukee producer Adam Carr created about Creativity Works! They're interesting, insightful and as always, filled with Adam's great sense of humor. I hope you take a listen below.

We're also narrowing down names for our new combined organization, rolling out in April. The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and the project Creativity Works! are combining under one name to better serve the broader creative industries. Help us pick the name or submit one of your own.

Have a great weekend,

Christine Harris
Executive Director
Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee

Help Name our New Organization!

In April we will be saying goodbye to the name "Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee" and to the project name "Creativity Works!". Both entities are combining to become one new organization, dedicated to serving the broader creative industries in Southeastern Wisconsin.


WE NEED A NEW NAME! And we want your input!

Click here to VOTE for your favorite name, or submit one of your own!

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 5:00pm 

Make Milwaukee Features Creativity Works!

Make Milwaukee88Nine Radio Milwaukee compiled several short pieces inspired by Creativity Works! as part of their campaign, Make Milwaukee. Take a listen...


Harley-Davidson Motor CyclesMilwaukee's Maker Economy at Harley Davidson  

Listen: In discussing their recently completed study, Christine Harris from Creativity Works! mentioned that Milwaukee has a "maker economy." With a strong industrial heritage and design-heavy present, Milwaukee is steeped in "making." To illustrate this point, we decided upon a concept -- a dash through a long-standing company's history, beginning with their industrial origins, tracking their evolution and finishing with their current form. 


Creativity Attracts Talent Creativity Attracts Talent
Listen: Today, we're exploring an idea that stems from the Creativity Works! study; a vibrant, diverse creative community doesn't just have some sort of abstract merit -- it's magnetic. While the world may be flat in some respects, when it comes to creativity, communities tend to be spiky. What do I mean by that? Talented folks of all stripes want to be around spikes of creativity, cities with a concentration of culture and excitement. In this piece, we hear an illustration of that point -- locally-based law firm Whyte, Hirschboeck and Dudek was looking to recruit Ricky Benjamin, a young, talented lawyer working in Colorado. Milwaukee certainly wasn't his only option, but he liked what he saw.   

Creativity Attracts Creativity 2Creativity Attracts Creativity

Listen: Last week, we saw an illustration of an idea stemming from Creativity Works! -- "creativity attracts talent." Now, we explore a subset of that larger idea, narrowing our scope to "talent attracts talent." In this piece, we head to Milwaukee Experience Design firm Kahler Slater to hear from Executive Officer Jill Morin and Chicago transplant and Experience Design Director Tony Laporte.


Collaborator Phonetag 2A Small, Well-Connected City With Creative People Doing Big Things
Listen: With this post, we begin our joint exploration of Milwaukee's creative community with the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and Creativity Works! Briefly, they're a group thinking about, studying, and looking for ways to build the relationship between our region's creative industries and its economy. To bring some of their ideas to radio, we took on the task of translating their recent findings and research into handshakes, interviews, and audio pieces. So, over the next seven days, we're rolling out stories illustrating particular ideas and conclusions from their study. Milwaukee has a thriving design community? Show me an example. Creatives attract creatives? Introduce me to somebody.    

Milwaukee business is ready to grow. Are you?

BizTech Conference & Expo

Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12

The 6th annual 2010 BizTech Expo was a great success, receiving rave reviews from the 3,500 attendees, exhibitors and business people who reported enhanced relationships, discovered new leads, closed deals, and garnered exposure for their businesses. The 7th annual BizTech Conference & Expo is expected to be even bigger and better. This two-day business-to-business conference & expo stimulates economic growth by connecting exhibitors with BizTimes Media's influential community of powerful business leaders and potential customers. This year's Executive Strategies kick-off breakfast will feature author and entrepreneur Josh Linkner, who will share his insights about how business leaders can use creativity to grow their companies. Linker is the founder, chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee is a proud partner of BizTech, produced by BizTimes Media, LLC. For information go to or call Tom Gaertner at (414) 336-7112.

MARNmentors for Directors
MARNmentors is a program that pairs an established artist with an emerging artist for 1-year. MARN is currently seeking emerging directors who are interested in working on 1) a staged reading of one of the MARNstages plays/screenplays and 2) a mentorship under John Kishline. The chosen mentee and that writer will have their work taken to full production in the spring of 2012.

Application Deadline: February 26, 2011

Directors may submit inquiries (brief resume and 1 page letter of intent) to, subject line "MARNstages Directors".
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Harriet's Freedom Train

The story of Harriet Tubman breaking the chains of slavery, by Patsy Ford Simms. The youth performers of African American Children's Theatre present this free show for Black History Month.

Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 pm

Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
13th and Clybourn
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The Vivaldi Project: The Composer's Affinity to the Natural World
Ensemble Musical Offering, Milwaukee's Midwest Bande for Early Music features the striking, exhilarating concertos of Antonio Vivaldi as inspired by nature. Guest artists feature Recorder Virtuoso Clea Galhano and renowned guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Program highlights include La tempesta di mara, Le notte, Alla rustica and concerto in D Major for Guitar, strings and bc, RV 93.

Saturday, March 5
8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM lecture
Cathedral Church of All Saints
818 E. Juneau Avenue
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Program repeats Sunday, March 6 at 4:00 PM Wauwatosa Woman's Club, 1626 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wauwatosa with a 3:00 PM lecture.

Remembrance: Legacy of the Civil War

Joseph Baber's heart-wrenching An American Requiem, Op. 80, anchors this commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Hear the legacy of our country's pain in letters home, and in poetry and speeches of the times, as it was torn apart in the epic struggle between North and South. Featuring Bel Canto Chorus and special guests the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $17-25.

Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm

Christ King Parish
2604 N Swan Blvd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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NEW Job Posting
Box Office Manager - Part Time
Oconomowoc Arts Center seeks a box office manager. Duties include box office sales/system management, reports, reconciliation, deposits, scheduling of box office staff, house managers & ushers.
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Thanks to our Creativity Works! Sponsors
This project is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Creativity Works! thanks its local sponsors: 

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