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May 9th, 2013 


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Can Cars Really Fly? Creative Alliance Presents Dennis Cheek of National Creativity Network 


Monday, June 3rd, 2013
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Kahler Slater
648 N. Plankinton Ave.
As part of Flying Car 2013, we invite you to join Creative Alliance as we welcome Dennis Cheek, Ph.D., Executive Director of National Creativity Network, from Jacksonville, FL! Dr. Cheek will be presenting on creative economies, innovative cities, entrepreneurial hubs, and imagination destinations and asks the question, "Can cars really fly?" 

Click here for more details. Space is limited, register now! 

Apply NOW for GE's Global Design Challenge!


Applications due May 10th!


You're invited to submit an application for the GE Healthcare Global Design Challenge, to take place at their Global Design Studio on Thursday, May 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm. 


GE is looking for new ideas from new people!  


Wanted: Fresh, Milwaukee area communications and creative agencies with the talent to help us build and deliver powerful messages for our global brand. Interest in underground initiatives, where ideas are in early proof of concept phases, is a must.


They are experimenting with a new way to develop relationships with innovative, creative firms. GE wants you to get to know them and for them to get to know you in an open format.  You'll be immersed briefly in their work and methods, reflect on your observations, and lay out the details of their impending projects.  
For more information and application instructions, click here.  
MATC Portfolio Night     


Thursday, May 16th, 2013


3:00 - 8:00 PM 


Milwaukee Area Technical College Downtown Campus 


Milwaukee Area Technical College will hold a Media and Creative Arts Industry Forum, sponsored by Creative Alliance and followed by a Portfolio Night event to showcase student work.


Media and Creative Industry Forum

Please RSVP by Monday, May 13th-- fee is $10 to attend

3:00 - 3:30: Networking

3:30 - 4:00:  Panel discussion on "The State of the Creative Landscape in Milwaukee" featuring Maggie Kuhn Jacobus, President/Executive Director of Creative Alliance, as keynote speaker and moderator. Panelists include: 

Asif Bakar, CEO and Founder, Xorbix Technologies, Inc.

Lyn Falk, CEO and Founder, RetailWorks, Inc.

Susan Kerns, Education Director, Milwaukee Film

Joe Poeschl, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Startup Milwaukee

Matt Richardson, Founder and CEO, SmartWave

Heidi Witz, Co-Founder, Plaid Tuba

Portfolio Night

4:30 - 6:00: Industry Representatives

6:00 - 8:00: General Public 


Click here to learn more!

Dear MKE Film Series Announces Contest Winners    

Launched at the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival thanks in part to the coordinating efforts of Creative Alliance Milwaukee, the Dear MKE film series embraces everything that makes life good here. Four films highlighting Milwaukee have been released to critical acclaim and have received more than 60,000 views on YouTube. Now the concepts of four lucky winners crowd-sourced from a contest held last fall are in development to become part of the 12-film series.


Dear MKE producers - VISIT Milwaukee, Hollywood producer and Milwaukee native Jack Turner and About Face Media - were inspired by submissions that explored a variety of perspectives, ranging from the creativity of the performing arts to the energy of a college town, to the rich texture of our architectural legacy to the family-friendly nature of the city.


In addition to winning a prize package worth approximately $1,000, the names of the winners will be included in the closing credits in the films under development to acknowledge their role in inspiring these topics. 


Drum roll please! The Dear MKE Winners are:

  • Michelle Jaskulski - Michelle's photo of young ballet dancers will inspire a multifaceted look at the arts as seen through the eyes of local children enrolled in performing arts programs. 
  • Marquette University - Marquette's submission gives focus to a story about Milwaukee as a hub of higher education.
  • Danielle Bergner -Danielle's "love letter" is the catalyst for a film that will focus on family-friendly Milwaukee. 
A special People's Choice award went to Sam Kozel, whose video, "Weightless Collidescope," received the most views during the contest. 
To see the first four films along with an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories, go to

Creative Alliance Wants YOU!  A personal invitation from ED Maggie Kuhn Jacobus to become a member for FREE!


"Creativity is EVERYBODY's business!" That's been my mantra since taking on the role of President and Executive Director of Creative Alliance in January. What does that mean? It means that creativity is not in a silo of the arts, design, media, film. Creativity is the bass note running through ALL shapes, sizes and kinds of business endeavors-for-profit, non-profit, entrepreneurial ventures, legacy manufacturing companies, start ups, tech companies, universities, you name it- "Creativity is EVERYBODY'S business." So get on the on bandwagon! Through May 31, CAM is offering a free basic membership  ($50 value) for any new individuals, organizations or companies that want to join the Creative Economy Movement. 


Creatively Yours,

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