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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

July 31, 2012 



We're always looking for ways to foster connections and collaboration among Milwaukee creatives (and those who work with them), which is why our debut conference, Creative Milwaukee at Work, is so vital to our community. We have amazing speakers lined up, fascinating opportunities for discussion and brainstorming, and a showcase of the area's finest creative talent. Click to learn more and register.


We're also really excited about the recently announced Dear MKE Film Series. It's about time we shout from the rooftops how amazing our city is!


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The Creative Alliance Team

Registration is Now Open for Creative Milwaukee at Work!

Creative Alliance is thrilled to announce Milwaukee's first annual  Creative Milwaukee at Work conference to take place on September 21st, 2012. Hosted by MIAD, this one-day celebration of creativity will be where Milwaukee's creative community connects, convenes, and collaborates. You won't want to miss out on all the energy, inspiration, brainstorming, and fun!  

This one-of-a-kind conference will feature:
  • 12 breakout sessions lead by speakers from a wide array of backgrounds and expertise 
  • Education panel featuring representatives from Mount Mary, Marquette, UW-M, Alverno, MIAD, and more
  • Keynote speaker Jack Turner, acclaimed film producer and former Milwaukeean
  • The Relationship Between Creativity and Business Success panel discussion moderated by Bob Schwartz, General Manager, Global Design & User Experience, GE Healthcare
  • Interactive trade show with Booth Tag and a chance to win great prizes
  • Opportunities for creative collaboration and discussion at every turn
  • Plus an optional Creative Salon at C-K following the conference to discuss how to make West Wisconsin Ave. come alive again 
Click here for a full schedule of the day's events.

Does your organization have a fantastic creative business solution? Compelling story? Creative product, service or effort? Or, do you want to show off your own artistic endeavor or creative idea? Well, Show Us Your Creative, Milwaukee! We're accepting submissions for the Creative Milwaukee at Work Showcase. Two entries will be selected to present at the conference, and one of them could be you or your organization! Visit for guidelines and entry instructions.


 Space is limited- register now!

Donations Sought for the Center Street Artist Relief Fund
On July 17, 2012, a tragic five-alarm fire quickly spread throughout the 631 E. Center Street building in Riverwest. The Center Street building was a progressive hive of artist live-work studios, galleries, and project spaces which existed symbiotically with Joe's East Coast Auto Shop and other small businesses.

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) has initiated the Center Street Artist Relief Fund to provide emergency support to these artists displaced by the fire. 


Over twenty artists had professional artist studios within the building. Eight of these artists lost their homes. Seven of these spaces regularly hosted exhibitions, performances and other projects.


"The material loss resulting from this tragedy is still being tallied, but the cultural loss is cataclysmic and its impact is more difficult to define for the city, the neighborhood, and the community of artists who inhabited this hub of creative practice."

      - John Riepenhoff

artist and owner, The Green Gallery

The Green Gallery had storage space for artists with national and international reputations including Peter Barrickman, Santiago Cucullu, Nicholas Frank, Michelle Grabner, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder and David Robbins. The Green Gallery West, an experimental branch of the gallery, as well as gallery owner John Riepenhoff's studio, were the backbone of the art center. 
More testimonials from local and international supporters can be found at The Green Gallery.
You can help the artists impacted by this tragedy by supporting the Center Street Artist Relief Fund. Click here for more information and to make a donation.
VISIT Milwaukee Announces Dear MKE Film Series

In partnership with VISIT Milwaukee and Mayor Tom Barrett, Creative Alliance would like to announce Dear MKE, a film series to highlight, showcase, and promote what makes Milwaukee great. The project will dispel old perceptions and help solve Milwaukee's fabled image problem while also reminding locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here. 

Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee, is working in partnership with VISIT Milwaukee and a team of local businesses to launch Dear MKE. Turner's films have earned more than 20 Golden Globe nominations and 25 Academy Award nominations, including four for Best Picture.

The Dear MKE Film Series will premiere with a short image film at the Milwaukee Film Festival this fall, followed by 12 short documentaries profiling the people, places, and things that make Milwaukee special, which will be released monthly over the course of a year. 

Go to to learn more and to contribute to the creative process. VISIT Milwaukee and 88.9 Radio Milwaukee are offering four people an opportunity to have their idea featured in in one of the Dear MKE Film Series documentaries. 
Freelance Workers Report Greater Career Creativity, Satisfaction 

A London study shows that creative, design, and marketing freelance workers view freedom of choice in work-related tasks and greater career creativity as more important than financial reward and job permanence.     

  • In a survey of 1,000 freelance workers, 42 percent rated greater choice over their projects as the most appealing aspect of freelancing. For 28 percent, it was gaining greater creative experience and opportunity.
  • Only 19 percent stated that they chose freelance work to achieve higher financial reward than the permanent equivalent.
  • The least appealing aspect of freelance work, as reported by 39 percent of those surveyed, is periods of inactivity between assignments. 
  • Freelance workers also cited flexible work schedules, greater efficiency, better work-life balance, and freedom from office politics as advantages to their lifestyle.
  • The report also states that freelancers stand to be a key component of the creative industries in the next decade.

Click here to read more.   

In This Issue
Register Now for Milwaukee's First Creative Conference!
Donate to the Center St. Artist Relief Fund
Visit Milwaukee Announces Dear MKE Film Series
Freelancers Report Satisfaction and Good Quality of Life
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