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February 17, 2011

Dear ,  
This week the Obama Administration released its much anticipated Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request to Congress which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering major cuts to federal programs. In the bill they're considering, the NEA will be reduced from $167.5 million to $145 million. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has introduced an amendment to further cut that amount by $20.5 milllion from the NEA budget. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) has introduced an amendment to terminate funding to the NEA immediately in this fiscal year. Both amendments are in line to be considered this week.

PLEASE consider taking two minutes to contact your representative and request a vote against those amendments -- you can use AFTA's customized E-Advocacy Center to send that message.

For further reading, check out the post from the blog Imaging That, Psychology Today "Why Cutting the Arts Funding is Not a Good Idea". It's an interesting argument for how the arts stimulate economic development by fostering scientific and technological innovation.

It is our hope that Congress and President Obama will work together to come to a compromise that understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and economy.

What's going on locally? Here's an update on the Cultural Alliance's advocacy efforts:

State Level
To ensure no undue cuts to the Wisconsin Arts Board in the new budget, we are developing a message and talking points based on the Creativity Works! research and distributing to our Alliance membership.

I will be in Madison on March 3 for Arts Advocacy Day, and am making appointments to meet with key legislators - Sen. Alberta Darling (joint finance committee) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (majority leader). All Alliance members are invited to join me on any legislator calls.

County Level
We are asking the two general election candidates for the opportunity to interview them (audio and video) to answer questions related to their support of arts, arts/creativity education and the creative industries. Whatever we are able to do, we will post on our website for your review and use.

Christine Harris
Executive Director
Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee

Creativity Works! Update
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Make Milwaukee

88Nine Radio Milwaukee Features Creativity Works!

Join Make Milwaukee producer Adam Carr for the first in a series of three minute pieces on Creativity Works! Up this week, something Adam refers to as "collaborator phone tag". Join Radio Milwaukee to hopscotch your way through Milwaukee's creative community, starting at MIAD, moving to GE Healthcare, stopping at Bucketworks, driving out to the John Michael Kohler Art Center, then finishing with Alverno Presents and the Hinterlands.
Listen to the story here and tune into 88.9 to catch the rest of the stories on Creativity Works!.
Arts Action Alert
Walker's Budget Released Soon - Send a Message to Reps
Gov. Walker will release his version of the 2011-2013 state budget on February 22. You should know that in the past two weeks, several states' governors have proposed drastic funding reductions or even elimination of their state arts agencies. Anything is possible for us in Wisconsin. So, please make sure you have connected with your new and returning state legislators as well, so that they also hear from their constituents. Click here for an Arts Wisconsin action alert that will help you send a message to your state representatives.
Workshop & Pitch Session from Largest Funder of Indie Film in the US
Richard Saiz, senior programming director for ITVS will be in Milwaukee for one day only. He will tell participants how to make a successful proposal for film funding from ITVS and then give YOU a chance to pitch your project and get feedback. ITVS regularly gives support that exceeds $100K for film projects. That's serious money -- but it's seriously competitive, too. This workshop will give you an edge. Read up on the funding programs and the insights into ITVS's funding process, then come ready to get your film made.

Sunday, Feb. 27
11:00am - 4:00pm
Alerra on Prospect, 2211 N. Prospect Ave
Go to the event's facebook page to RSVP
Send an email to if you want to pitch.

Event sponsored by 371 Productions, Milwaukee Film, Independent Feature Project, docUWM and Alterra.

Winter Carnival
Lynden Sculpture Garden welcomes winter with a day of outdoor art-making, studio activities, tours and tree-walks, ice skating and more. Artist and Green Gallery co-proprietor John Riepenhoff organizes YouSnow, a juried outdoor sculpture competition, and The Pond Is Our Canvas, a collaborative piece for all ages. Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg complete their Outside project. Watch or participate on foot, skis, snowshoes or skates (bring your own).

Saturday, February 26
10:00am - 6:30pm
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
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Mauritius - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
When Jackie decides she can solve all her financial problems by selling a pair of rare stamps from the island of Mauritius (rhymes with "suspicious"), she discovers how dangerous stamp collecting can be! This contemporary thriller is full of twists, turns and plenty of suspense.

Saturday, February 26
10:00am - 6:30pm
Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
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NEW Job Posting
Annual Campaign and Events Manager - Full Time
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts seeks a self-motivated professional who will drive the Center's annual campaign fundraising efforts as well as coordinate the Center's fundraising events, in conjunction with our volunteer committee leaders.
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The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation  *  Spirit of Milwaukee  * 

The Wagner Companies  *  West Bend Mutual Insurance  *  Wisconsin Arts Board