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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

November 6th, 2012 



This election season means many of us are experiencing information overload-- which is why we'll get right to it, no time for chit-chat!


November happens to be jam-packed with news and events-- read all about it! 


The Creative Alliance Team 

Milwaukee Announced as Finalist in Bloomberg Challenge 

Milwaukee is one of 20 cities named a finalist in "The Mayor's Challenge," a national competition organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to generate innovative solutions to the problems facing American cities.


More than 300 cities entered the competition, which comes with a $5 million prize and $1 million each for four runners up.

View the video that Barrett's team submitted with the application!
View the video that Barrett's team submitted with the application

Milwaukee's proposal, submitted by Mayor Tom Barrett and called "Home Gr/Own," will transform foreclosed properties into links in a new supply chain for nutritious food. Homes and lots will be used for urban farms, community kitchens and distribution centers. Learn More >

MIAD Kicks Off Creativity Series

Newly elected Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Kelly Lubar and her husband, David Lubar, have provided a grant to found the MIAD Creativity Series. The series will kick off with a public conversation on Thursday, November 15th at 5:30pm with Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, founding principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

"Mark Rios is internationally renowned for redefining the boundaries of design innovation," said Madeleine Lubar. "Words such as 'culture,' 'the storytelling of place,' 'community,' 'urban responsibility,' 'joy' and 'iconic form making' help describe him and his multidisciplinary talents, which will create a one-of-a-kind experience for the college and community."
Admission is free and open to the public. Come early to view an exhibition of Mark Rios' work! Click here to learn more about the series.
After Election Day, What Can You Do to Speak Up for the Arts Locally and Statewide? Tips from Arts Wisconsin

The time period between Election Day and Inauguration Day offers many excellent opportunities to reach out to the newly elected and to reconnect with incumbents.   


It's especially important to be an involved advocate here in Wisconsin, because election season will give way to budget season as we get ready for the state's 2013-2015 budget process. Your voice will be even more important in the discussions about Wisconsin's investment in the arts, arts education and creative economy throughout the state. 


The beginning of a new Congress and State Legislature is a great opportunity to prepare background information on what you, your organization and your community are doing with regard to the arts. Whether you are meeting members for the first time, staff has turned over or you are updating information you have shared previously, the beginning of a new term is always a good time to engage your elected officials.


1) On November 7, make sure you know who your elected officials are, and update your records with their contact information. They should be receiving information about your work on a regular basis, via newsletters, website, mailings, etc.


2) By the end of the week (Friday, November 9), send a congratulatory message via email or even better - a letter via snail mail - to your new and returning officials.


3) By the end of the month, invite your representatives to participate in or attend an arts event (performance, exhibit, educational program, etc.) with your organization and/or in your community. 


4) By the beginning of December, send a "state of the arts" packet of information via email or snail mail to let elected officials know what's happening in the arts in your community. Include sharp, concise points that outline the important contributions the arts are making locally. Regardless of who wins the elections on Tuesday, we know that the arts, like many discretionary programs, will be vulnerable to serious reductions in funding, so take this opportunity to think proactively about educating your civic leaders about the importance of investment in the arts, arts education and creative economy.


5) with a variety of stakeholders in your community to carry the message about the arts, arts education and creative economy, including school leaders, Chambers of Commerce, business groups, economic development groups, and tourism groups. Everyone has a stake in investment in the community's economy, education and quality of life! 


6) Mark your calendars for Arts Day 2013 on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. It's the biggest networking, educational and promotional day of the year for the arts in Wisconsin. 

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Arts Wisconsin will provide the information, tools and resources for you to be an informed and active advocate for the arts locally and statewide. Thanks for speaking up and taking action!

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Announces Jazz Institute Artist-In-Residence Brian Lynch!

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is proud to once again welcome Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and Milwaukee native Brian Lynch as Jazz Institute Artist-in-Residence. The Conservatory alum will teach workshops and master classes as well as perform in concert several times during the the 2012-13 school year.

Lynch's Artist-in-Residence schedule includes a Jazz Workshop-- open to the public-- on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm and a special guest performance with We Six, Ties of Love: The Music of Buddy Montgomery, to take place on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30pmLearn more>
Member Spotlight: C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
When C2 opened their doors in 2004 they made a commitment to invest in and elevate the local creative community. Since that time they've been active supporters of professional organizations as participants, board members, sponsors and committee volunteers. The C2 team also enjoys hosting, providing adult refreshments and speaking at industry related events, meetings and meetups. C2 remains grateful and proud to be a part of this industry and this community. 
C2 Training Adobe Authorized Training and MORE!
Professional development can be a sweet perk for your creative team and it's one that pays off in expanded skill sets, more efficient use of software tools and an increase in overall morale and productivity. Not a bad return on your investment.

From concept to curriculum, C2's design and development classes meet the needs of working professionals. Taught by certified instructors, they deliver the skills and expertise your team needs to go from "better" to "best" with minimum time away from the office.

C2 Staffing
Do budgets, deadlines and staffing gaps have you wondering how the work's gonna get done? Don't stress-- call C2. Their highly skilled and experienced talent can handle everything from print to interactive, multimedia to scripting, on schedule and on budget-leaving you and your clients feeling happy every time. Need to fill a full-time position? Avoid the hassle! Let C2 recruit, screen and present only the most qualified candidates (and, if they can't help you, they'll even pay for your Big Shoes ad!). Learn more>
In This Issue
MKE Bloomberg Challenge Finalist
MIAD Creativity Series
Tips on How to Support the Arts After Election Day
Conservatory of Music Announces Jazz Institute Artist in Residence
Member Spotlight: C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
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