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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

July 1, 2011


Mychoua PictureOver the past few months, we've been lucky to have our intern, Mychoua Vang, with us through UWM's Center for Urban Initiatives' Undergraduate Research Program. This was her last week with the Alliance and we're sad to see her go! Mychoua is starting her sixth year at UWM, graduating in May 2012 with a double major in Sociology and Creative Writing. As a lifelong learner, Mychoua plans to attend graduate school, focusing on immigration experience and ethnic identity in the Hmong and Native American communities. Thank you, Mychoua, for all the fabulous work you've done for us!


We also wanted to extend our congratulations to the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), who announced it has substantially surpassed its 2011 Campaign goal of $9.65 million by raising $9,743,651 for its 34 Member and Affiliate Groups. We're thrilled to see this success in our community.


Finally, thanks to Tom Strini for listing us in his article, Seven things Strini's been meaning to tell you. We're proud to be number 5!


Happy Fourth! 


Laurel Osman, Shirah Apple & Denise Lubotsky
The Creative Alliance Team 
AFTA Conference - Part 2

Part 2 of Christine Harris' comments on the presentations at the annual Americans for the Arts Conference in San Diego. Christine came away with many ideas inspired by national trends. Read her thoughts on:  

  • Creating "pop up arts" activities in our community
  • What's truly effective for digital technology 
  • Investment tools that already exist
  • Arts education advocacy programs to learn from

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Member Orientation
OrientationAugust 9, 4:30 - 5:30PM

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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More Press for Creativity Works Here
Shops of Grand Avenue has new life as creative hub

From BizTimes, Andrew Weiland and Alysha Schertz


The Shops of Grand Avenue is marketing long-vacant space, especially the space on the second floor of the downtown mall's Plankinton Building, to office tenants.

In particular, creative businesses are being targeted for the space. The mall has formed a partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee for an initiative called Creativity Works Here. The program is designed to foster the growth of Milwaukee's creative industries and to revive The Shops of Grand Avenue.

The idea behind the program is to cluster creative companies together at the mall to spur their own growth and provide much-needed tenants, plus generate more foot traffic, in the mall.


Read the Full Article > 

New Research on Artist Employment Projections Through 2018

For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts took a look at future job prospects for a variety of artist occupations in Artist Employment Projections through 2018. The report examines the projected growth rate for artist occupations through 2018, over which time artist occupations will increase by 11 percent, compared with an overall increase in the labor force of 10 percent.


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Volunteers Needed July 20

Creative Alliance needs volunteers for Hub Live: Miller Time on July 20. What we're looking for:

  • Videographer (4 needed) - Interview event attendees and record short segments. Flip camera and questions will be provided.
  • Registration (1 needed) - Greet and welcome guests.
  • Facilitator (2 needed) - As a facilitator for our networking table, you'll be greeting people and helping them share information about their projects and resources. If you're outgoing, know the creative community well, and are good at helping others connect, this is the role for you!
  • General help (2 needed) - Fill in as needed.

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Member Spotlight: Milwaukee County Zoo

Zoo Picture

Since opening in 1892, the Milwaukee County Zoo is still wild after all these years! The Zoo is home to over 330 different species of animals and sits on 200 acres of park land. The Zoo hosts over 20 special events annually, which include Zoo a la Carte and Behind the Scenes Weekend. The Zoo also opened a new outdoor bonobo exhibit, which highlights our conservation efforts with this highly endangered species. 


Learn More about Milwaukee County Zoo >


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In This Issue
AFTA Part 2
Member Orientation
Creativity Works Here
Artist Employment Research
Volunteers Needed
Member Spotlight
Hub Live: Miller Time
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Featured Event
Hub Live: Miller Time

Wednesday July 20

5:00 - 8:00pm

Fred's Pub

Sponsored by MillerCoors 


Make sure you register for Hub Live Miller Time! In addition to sumptuous food and drink at the right price (only $5!), we've got a great program lined up for you to meet, connect, and learn: 

  • Learn more about our creative education initiatives and help us by sharing your stories.
  • Drop in to our facilitated networking table 
  • Just for fun, MillerCoors has paired beers with menu items
  • We'll have an in-house expert talking about "The Art of Beer Tasting"--for those who want to know more. 

FREE - Creative Alliance Members

$5.00 - Non-Members


Must be 21 to attend. Advance registration required!

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