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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

December 20th, 2012 



As we turn the corner on a pivotal year, we reflect on our accomplishments and an amazing 2012! Want to learn more about what we've been up to? Click here for all the juicy details.


Plus, we'll be kicking off the new year with an exciting addition to our staff. Creative Alliance has hired an Executive Director! We can't wait to introduce our ED to you and move our organization forward with enhanced leadership and vision in 2013. Get the full scoop on January 7th when we make an official announcement.


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See you next year!

The Creative Alliance Team 

Meet the Creative Team Behind the Dear MKE Film Series!

For years, Milwaukee's image problem was the elephant in the room-- both natives and visitors realized it, few acknowledged it, and many struggled to face it head-on. Glossy commercials and "image campaigns" felt overproduced and less-than what's a city to do?


Enter Creative Alliance Milwaukee and VISIT Milwaukee, Milwaukee's convention and visitor's bureau. In collaboration with Creative Alliance and several Milwaukee-based organizations and companies, many of whom donated time and resources pro bono, VISIT created Dear MKE, a film project that is based entirely around community member videos, photos, and text submissions showing the people, places, and things that are the soul of Milwaukee. 


The idea for the Dear MKE film series was conceived by VISIT, who reached out to acclaimed film producer and former Milwaukeean Jack Turner. From there, and under Turner's creative direction, the concept evolved from just one film showcasing what makes Milwaukee so lovable to twelve films-- and possibly more. 


88Nine Radio Milwaukee is VISIT's official partner and co-sponsor of the contest. Also instrumental to the project is of course, the website, created by Jigsaw. Originally slated to host submissions for one year, the site will be an ongoing hub for all things Dear MKE.


Creative Alliance played an important role in bringing creatives to the table and also provided strategic and visionary assistance to VISIT Milwaukee.   

Other contributors include Sara Meaney of Hanson Dodge Creative, who provided theme ideas and social media strategy; Mary Roberts of Buzz Monkeys PR, responsible for naming and branding strategy and PR event ideas; and Jeff Sherman of, who generously donated ad space and press surrounding the project. Also contributing to the project's continued success is Lamar Advertising, which donated valuable billboard ad space.


Another key partner for Dear MKE was the Milwaukee Film Festival, where the project's first film premiered. Thanks to these supporters and more, Dear MKE has been wildly successful and will now be extended into an ongoing project. 


What makes Dear MKE different is that it only features real content, authentic stories, and genuine Milwaukee love. Over 300 entries have poured in already-- and it's still open for submissions! Click here to submit and be a part of this unique archive of Milwaukee stories.


Plus, stay tuned for the next film debut in January-- it's sure to make a splash! Follow the project on Facebook anTwitter for updates, contest winners, and new content released daily! 

UW-M Dean Robert Greenstreet Awarded 2013 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education
Robert Greenstreet, accomplished architect, prolific author, and celebrated educator, is the recipient of the 2013 AIA/ACSA Topaz
Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. In his more than 
35-year career, Greenstreet has taught at five schools of architecture in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has spent the last 20 years as dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, making him one of the longest-serving architecture deans in North America. Read more>

Jenna Kashou Named Fifth Pfister Narrator 

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee has named Jenna Kashou as its fifth 'Pfister Narrator.' In this role, she will spend time in the hotel's lobby and public spaces, speaking with visitors and guests and sharing their stories on The Pfister's award-winning blog. As narrator, Kashou will be posting blog entries at least twice a week over a six-month period.


"It's such an honor to meet new people and tell their stories," said Kashou. "I can't wait to catalog all the intriguing characters at The Pfister."


A Milwaukee native and freelance writer, Kashou has published in local publications such as Milwaukee Magazine, M Magazine and the Shepherd Express. Read more>

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Will Measure Contribution of the Arts to Gross Domestic Product 

"A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence," said Ralph Waldo Emerson in an 1857 essay. For the first time, the American creative sector will be measured on a macroeconomic level by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the federal agency of record on the U.S. economy and a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more>

Member Spotlight: Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

The next generation of ingenuity is learning at Milwaukee Area

Technical College! MATC's School of Media and Creative Arts provides a canvas for students to design their future. Instructors share their occupational experience in a range of industries which complement the technical skills that are practiced every day. The School of Media and Creative Arts offers degree programs and diplomas in: Animation, Computer Simulation and Gaming, Graphic Design, Music Occupations, Photography, Television and Video Production, Visual Communication/Computer Graphics, and Web/Mobile Application Designer.


Wisconsin's largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, MATC is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin's economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college's four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. 

MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 170 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor's degrees; and Pre-College Education division that assists people to complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services. Learn more>
In This Issue
Dear MKE Film Series: Behind the Scenes
Congrats, Robert Greenstreet!
Pfister Hotel Welcomes New Narrator
Contribution of Arts to GDP to be Measured by US Bureau of Economic Analysis
Member Spotlight: MATC
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