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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

July 22, 2011


Over 100 people braved the heat to attend Hub Live: MillerTime on Wednesday night. Creative Alliance Member MillerCoors opened up their "innovation lab" (also known as Fred's Pub, named after Frederick Miller), putting out a huge spread, and of course, ice cold beer.  

Hub Live Miller Time 2We were also joined by Soil, one of our newest members, who created personal "conversation canapes" to inspire creative dialogue among our guests. Soil specializes in creating memorable and engaging experiences to nurture the creative process.They were an absolute hit at our event! 

Hub Live Miller Time 1

Photos from the event are from one of our other members, Dan Zaitz. Dan has been with us the past year and he's another incredibly successful Milwaukee creative who is committed to giving back to his community.


If you missed the event, we have more coming up! The Creative Alliance holds regular "Hub Live" events as a way to bring our website, the Creative Hub, to life. Our next event is a Member Information Session on August 9, 4:30 - 5:30. Open to members and non-members. Come and learn about our initiatives, member benefits and meet some new people in the process!


Have a great weekend,


Laurel Osman, Shirah Apple & Denise Lubotsky
The Creative Alliance Team 
Creative Alliance Update
Planning and Education Initiatives
Activity Update
Watch the Update
Amidst the good food and beer of Hub Live Wednesday evening, Creative Alliance board co-chairs Mike Jones and Jill Morin gave a short activity update. Starting next week, Creative Alliance will be doing some much-needed internal strategic planning to consider our vision and mission in the context of the Creativity Works! study results, and we will configure our board and staff  to best serve the creative community.  We expect to have the planning process completed by the fall.  


We have also made creative education a focus for the coming year and are putting in place a unified strategy for our education-related projects. These include the following: 
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation has given us a grant to research and advocate for creative education. This project, led by Christine Harris, will be taking place over the next several months and will involve an advisory group that spans the community. We're working towards an education summit tentatively planned for late fall.
  • We're working on a major upgrade of the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory to make it more visible and accessible. The site currently lists over 200 program offerings by more than 100 artists and organizations.
  • You'll be seeing more in our newsletter about our education strategy, and in September we'll be putting out the first quarterly community update on creative education activities.  We'll be soliciting articles from you a few weeks ahead of time.

If you are interested in more information about Creative Education initiatives, please contact Shirah Apple. 

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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WI Organization Receives NEA Our Town Grant
Wormfarm LogoWormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI received a $50,000 grant from the NEA as part of their Our Town initiative. The grant will go towards the planning, piloting, and evaluation of Farm/Art D-Tour. Guided and self-led tours will take place primarily along rural roads in northern Sauk County, Wisconsin, featuring farm-based, ephemeral art installations and performances; artist designed and built mobile farm stands; and interpretative signage about rural culture and the local arts, food, and farming communities.


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Opportunity for Nonprofits

Forward Community Investments, a nonprofit lender and technical assistance provider for Wisconsin nonprofits, is asking for help in completing a survey. They are looking for insight into how nonprofits weathered 2010 and the first half of 2011.  This is their third annual survey of Wisconsin Nonprofits, in their hope it provides a way to voice concerns, challenges, and needs of nonprofits to the community and help create discussions that identify solutions.  You can download last year's report by clicking here Deadline: Wednesday, July 27.


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Member Spotlight: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

MSOThe Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) reaches out to diverse audiences through concert performances and nationally recognized education and outreach programs. All programs are guided by the MSO Family Shared Vision. This states that the symphony exists for three purposes: to comfort, educate, entertain and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.

Among the finest orchestras in the country, the MSO is the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. 


Learn More about Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra >


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In This Issue
Creative Alliance Update
Ice Cream Social
Member Orientation
NEA Our Town Grant
Nonprofit Survey
Member Spotlight
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