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Milwaukee Hackathon
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February 10, 2011

Dear ,  
As we have announced, we are making progress towards restructuring the Cultural Alliance to better serve Greater Milwaukee's creative industries as a result of our year-long project Creativity Works!. We have spent the last few weeks drafting a new membership model for individuals and organizations and welcome your feedback. If you're interested in reviewing our membership model before it officially launches at the end of March, please contact us. Otherwise, hang tight and we'll have more information to you in the coming weeks about how to join the new Creative Hub and how to become an official member. We're also making exciting progress on our new website -- look for a sneak peek coming soon!

The success of our Creativity Works! project is due in part to the expertise and service level of our public relations support from Buzz Monkeys, Inc. We have been thrilled to work with their team - particularly Mary, Vicky and Ashley - on this project. They have helped us strategize our public relations efforts and understand the media world; and they have been good all-around advisors. In addition to contracted work, this organization has donated close to 300 hours of service, and committed their heart and soul to the project. Thank you, Buzz Monkeys! And, thank you Herzfeld Foundation, for your support of their contribution to this project.

Christine Harris
Executive Director
Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee

Mind of the Monkey
Buzz Monkeys, Inc. is a strategic marketing communications firm specializing in word-of-mouth marketing. The team builds campaigns - through media relations, social media, grassroots promotions,
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brandambassador programs and more - that pierce the collective conscious. Those working in the creative economy looking for a marketing edge should check out, Buzz Monkeys' blog that offers tips on staying ahead in the rapidly changing world of marketing.
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.
Milwaukee Arts Education Directory
Arts Education Directory Promotion

Book a program with an artist or organization listed on the Milwaukee Arts Education Directory and you will have a chance to win a media kit (including digital camera, Flip video camera, voice recorder, and tripod) worth up to $500!  More Info
Milwaukee Hackathon
Spreenkler Talent Labs invites developers and tech-savvy designers to come together in real life for a day of coding around various aspects related to living in Milwaukee. Developers and designers will create teams of 3-4 and crank out an app idea they come up with at the beginning of the hackathon. There will be prizes, free food and beverages all day and a chance to get your idea in front of investors. Who knows, maybe you'll start a company!

Saturday, February 12, 10:00am - 6:00pm
UW Milwaukee Engineering & Math Sciences (EMS) Building
3200 N. Cramer St.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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AIGA Wisconsin Presents Michael Gericke of Pentagram :: Distilling Design
Join Michael Gericke, a partner at Pentagram NY, and AIGA WI as they discuss the search designers go through to find the best ideas. Michael's images and programs are known for their simplicity and clarity, and often portray the essential qualities of the object or topic he is representing. The presentation will also include an inside look at select Pentagram projects - including posters, identities, exhibitions and environmental graphics - and even sneak peaks of several in-progress projects. Cost for the event is $5.00 for student AIGA members, $10.00 for professional AIGA members, $15 for Design Madison Members (to reserve this price, please RSVP by e-mail to and $25.00 for all non-members. All events are open to the public.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
InterContinental Milwaukee
139 East Kilbourn Avenue
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Google Art Project
If you haven't taken a spin through Google's latest innovation, it's a must see. The project is still in its early phases, filled with bugs and a few frustrations, but well worth a look. They've made more than 1,000 works of art into high-resolution images that can be viewed through a 360 degree virtual tour of over 17 participating institutions, including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the MoMA, and the Palace of Versailles.
Jean Paul Comelin Ballet Master Class
Lake Country Dance Theatre and To The Pointe Performing Arts Academy present this two-day ballet workshop for dancers age 10 and up with Jean Paul Comelin, founder of the Milwaukee Ballet School and former artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet. Mr. Comelin travels the world teaching and choreographing for dancers of all ages.

February 25, 4:30 - 6:00pm - master class
February 26, 10:00 - 12:00pm - class and variation
To The Pointe Performing Arts Academy
1115 Cottonwood Avenue, Suite 200
Hartland WI 53029
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NEW Job Posting
Manager Marketing and Public Relations - Full Time
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center seeks an accomplished marketing and public relations professional. The JMKAC has established a strong image and continues to gain momentum and increased national visibility of its programs. The Executive Director and Board of Directors are seeking an individual who can bring the organization to the next level by raising national awareness and increasing visitor and audience attendance.
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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