We're looking forward to having you join us tonight, starting at 6:00p, for our Hub Live event. Hear what we've been up to and see for yourself the emerging renaissance of the Grand Avenue Mall!
Per our earlier communication, the Alliance is focusing these few months on sharpening its strategic direction and determining how we can best serve the growth of our creative industries. To accomplish that, we have
- concentrated our Board efforts on working with Jill Morin to evolve a strategic plan to move us forward with a sustainable business model, and
- shifted our staffing resources to include Christine Harris as Executive Advisor half-time, Laurel Osman, Project Manager for MiKE, and our new employee, Kimberly Rosby as Communications and Operations Manager. Once the planning process is complete the Alliance will determine its board composition, as well as staff leadership and complement.
During this strategic planning framework, we will be soliciting input from both our members and non-members to listen to what your needs and desires are to have a vibrant and growing creative industries - so watch for that opportunity! Meanwhile, feel free to send your thoughts and suggestions to Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Milwaukee County Arts Funding
You may have read that County Executive Chris Abele has proposed his budget to include a 15% cut to many of our regional cultural institutions (such as the Art Museum and Marcus Center), as well as the suspension for at least a year of all CAMPAC funding. CAMPAC has distributed operating support of about $375,000 to over 30 arts organizations annually for many years. For many of these groups this is the only unrestricted operating support they receive. While this is truly a significant blow to many arts organizations, the County's fiscal issues are vast and it is impossible to be put up against social service or health funding in a budget battle.
The position of the Creative Alliance is that if we determine there is any Supervisor appetite to fight for more arts funding, we will work on this issue further. However, we think this is a long shot. Meanwhile,
our advice to the nonprofit arts groups is to contact the County Supervisor(s) who is most closely linked to your mission and program delivery and make a very individual, data-driven case for supporting what you do. The more personal, the better. For its part, the Alliance will work diligently to develop programs and resources that will help you develop your earned income revenue so that there is less dependence on contributed income - which we think will be compromised for a long, long time.
The Creative Alliance Team