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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

June 4, 2011



Hope you are enjoying some summer weather!


As usual we have many new job opportunities in this week's newsletter. Remember you can view jobs or post jobs for no fee on the Creative Hub .


We're looking forward to Creativity Works Here. This is an opportunity to learn more about space for creatives in the Plankinton building at Grand Avenue. And on that note, we're pleased to have been the conduit that got Art Milwaukee and Grand Avenue connected in their new space. Art Milwaukee is just one of the creative businesses soon to be residing in the newly created collaborative space within The Shops of Grand Avenue. Come and learn more on June 8th.   


While you have your calendar out, be sure to set aside time to join us on July 20th for Hub Live: Miller Time.  


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Christine Harris

Executive Director
Creative Alliance Milwaukee 
To Tax or Not to Tax?
Joe Kluger, principal at WolfBrown Consulting
I've been reading with interest an ARTSblog debate (initiated by this provocative piece from Valerie Beaman) questioning whether the 501(c)(3) nonprofit model remains the best option for arts and culture groups that are having more difficulty than ever balancing the inherent organizational tension between mission and money. The debate occurred during the same week an article in the New York Times reported on the efforts of financially pressed U.S. cities to collect payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from nonprofit organizations. The bad news/good news of this growing trend was that in Boston, nonprofits "can get credit for up to half of the [PILOTs] they owe by providing quantifiable 'community benefits' that directly help city residents." But, as Diane Ragsdale pointed out in the ARTSblog debate, this could be a challenge for arts organizations that are already in a "struggle to reconcile what they do with the exempt purposes outlined under [IRS] Section Code 501(c)(3)" (which include charitable and educational purposes, but no reference to arts and culture)..


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Mary L.. Nohl Fund Now Reopened

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), announces the second half of the eighth funding cycle of the GMFs Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists. Created to help visual artists with the cost of exhibiting their work outside the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington), the Fund is designed to provide greater visibility for individual artists and their work as well as for greater Milwaukee. To date, the Fund has supported a diverse group of 123 individual artists and five artist collectives exhibiting throughout North America, and in Europe, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia. The awardees, who have received a total of $77,500 in grants, work in a variety of media, from film to ceramics, and include established artists as well as those at the start of their careers. A special effort has been made to support Nohl Fellows as they exhibit work made during their fellowship year.


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Wild Space Dance Company

Member Spotlight:

Wild Space Dance Company

Under the direction of 2011 Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year, Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company has intrigued audiences with critically acclaimed performances and innovative outreach programs for 25 years.


Outreach is central to Wild Space's mission of expanding the audience for dance in the region.  With its inventive educational programs, the company brings the creative experience of dance and movement to over 3,000 Kindergarten through High School students each year.

Known for site-specific works and artistic collaborations, Wild Space creates performance events that reveal built and natural landscapes, visual art, history and the human condition through wry humor, clever choreography and emotionally-charged dance.


Join them for 'A Night Out, Way Out' with Wild Space.




Welcome New Members
  • Creative Images 
  • Renee Bach

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In This Issue
To Tax or Not to Tax?
Mary L. Nohl Fund Now Reopened
Member Spotlight
Welcome New Members
Featured Job Postings
Featured Events
Featured Job Postings
Featured Events
Creativity Works Here

Wednesday June 8

5:30 - 7:00pm

Shops of Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue

Join us for a creative business space open house!

Visit the beginnings of a new creative community hub in the middle of downtown Milwaukee. Meet the current tenants and tour the many extremely affordable and professional workspaces: 

  • 5:30 Networking
  • 6:00 Introduction to creative business spaces available in Grand Avenue
  • 6:30 Tours available

Sponsored by Shops of Grand Avenue in partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Kahler Slater   

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Hub Live: Miller Time

Wednesday July 20

5:00 - 8:00pm

Fred's Pub
Sponsored by MillerCoors 


Creative Alliance Milwaukee's next networking event!


Delicious appetizers, relaxed summer networking and responsible free beer sampling in the pub and spacious patio! 


FREE - Creative Alliance Members

$5.00 - Non-Members

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