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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

August 14th, 2012 


We hope you're enjoying the tail-end of your Milwaukee summer. There's a lot of updates and news coming your way, including: 


Milwaukee's first creative conference, Creative Milwaukee at Work is only a few short weeks away. Tickets are still available- click to learn more and register.


In an ongoing effort to provide support and resources to the artists impacted in the Center St. fire last month, MARN, in partnership with Creative Alliance, would like to announce Art at the Center, a benefit event that will be hosted at the Marcus Center on September 12th from 6-10pm. 


The celebration of Milwaukee creativity, arts, and culture continues with UW-Milwaukee's Peck School Year of the Arts! The Peck School of the Arts is celebrating their 50th anniversary with an amazing lineup of events, programming, art installations, theatre performances, film showings, and more. 


We also have some very important news regarding Arts Wisconsin's Legislative Candidate Arts Survey and the most recent CAMPAC budget. Please scroll to read more and get involved in these important causes.


Plus, a couple great opportunities for creatives: MARN is accepting applications for their Creative Capital Core Workshop and the Pfister is seeking the next Pfister Narrator. 


There's lots of great things going on in Milwaukee and we're so excited by the new energy and enthusiasm that seems to be bubbling out of this city! 


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The Creative Alliance Team

Register Now for Creative Milwaukee at Work!

Don't miss Milwaukee's first annual Creative Milwaukee at Work conference on September 21st, 2012! Hosted by MIAD, this one-day celebration of creativity will be where Milwaukee's creative community connects, convenes, and collaborates. Join us and experience all the energy, inspiration, brainstorming, and fun that Creative Milwaukee has to offer!


  • 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.

We're also looking for compelling stories about creative ideas, products, services and efforts that we know are abundant throughout our region. If you're an individual designer or artist, a creative team or a nonprofit cultural organization, tell us or show us the how and why of your creativity, and if it's a creative solution to a business challenge, describe the outcome. Entries can use video, photography, art, poetry - your medium of choice. Creative Alliance will review all entries and may invite one entrant to present their idea as a speaker at the conference. All entries will be shown at the conference. Enter today at


Space is limited- register now!


Save the Date for Art at the Center, a Benefit Event for the Center Street Artist Relief Fund


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                                                                  September 12, 2012


         Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley Pavilion


Are you a member of the Milwaukee Arts community? A patron of the Arts? Looking for a way to support Milwaukee Art and the artists impacted in last month's fire on Center St., but aren't sure how? Already donated but want to become more involved? Join us for 

Art at the Center, a benefit featuring entertainment from various Milwaukee artists including local bands, performers from the Florentine Opera, local dance organizations, and performing arts organizations. There will also be a silent auction of art and art-related items, a Riverwest Raffle, food, and drinks. 


Leading up to Art at the Center, there will be a 24-hour art event in which local artists gather to create new work start to finish to be auctioned at the benefit. 

The tragic fire at 631 E. Center St. was a catalyst for diverse segments of the Milwaukee Arts community to come together in support of the Center St. Artists. Art at the Center is an opportunity to further support to these artists and continue the momentum toward a more unified Milwaukee Arts community.  


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. More details regarding Art at the Center and ticket information will be coming soon. 
UW-M Peck School of the Arts Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Year of the Arts! 

This year, UW-Milwaukee celebrates the Year of the Arts in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Peck School of the Arts, its influence in the Wisconsin arts community, and the impact that the arts have in every discipline and every walk of life.

For five decades the Peck School has educated, trained, and nurtured thousands of artists and art educators in every arts discipline-- art and design, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Join the celebration of this rich legacy through a series of special arts events, premieres, programs, and activities on campus, in the community, and in collaboration with a wide variety of local organizations. The Year of the Arts is presented in addition to the 350+ events that the Peck School provides each year.

Click here for details on current and newly created events, activities, and collaborations, as well as a complete listing of Year of the Arts partners, collaborators, and sponsors. More details and complete programming will be released shortly.

Arts Wisconsin Conducts Legislative Candidate Survey on Arts, Arts Education, and Creative Economy

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Arts Wisconsin is conducting a 2012 Legislative Candidate Survey to gauge support of the arts, arts education, and creative economy. 


This survey will address candidates for the Wisconsin State Senate and State Assembly, asking for their perspectives on the arts, arts education, and community involvement in the arts.


All 99 Assembly seats and half of the Senate (even-numbered seats) are up for election. The primary election is today, August 14, and the general election is on Tuesday, November 6. Click here to make sure you know your voting district (it may have changed as of this election) and where to vote. 


The questions we asked were drawn directly from the published beliefs and tenets of Arts Wisconsin, and reflect the concerns of their multi-faceted and diverse constituency.


Here's a peek at the responses so far:    

  • over 80% of responding candidates strongly agree with the statement:  State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin's creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are extremely important to Wisconsin's strong economic and innovative future. 
  • over 85% of responding candidates strongly agree with the statement:  The arts, culture, creativity and innovation play an important role in our state's economy, educational systems, and civic infrastructure. Wisconsin needs pro-active state investment in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to move forward in the 21st century.  
  • over 92% of responding candidates strongly agree with the statement:  The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students for the 21st century workforce. 
  • over 87% of responding candidates strongly agree with the statement:   Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin's schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.    

Have your district's candidates responded? Click here to find out what candidates have to say.  We'll keep updating the survey results up to and after the August 14 primary and through to November 6.    


Click here for Arts Wisconsin's Arts Activist Center and continually updated information, resources, and information throughout the 2012 election season.   

CAMPAC Applications Available, Contact Your County Supervisor to Support Milwaukee Arts Funding

Yesterday, the 2013 Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic & Musical Advisory Council (CAMPAC) application was released through the Milwaukee County web page. Applications are due on September 17, 2012. Click here for more details, the application, and application guidelines.

Maintaining CAMPAC's funding in the County Budget has been a challenge in recent years. We encourage you to contact your County Supervisors and the County Executive (via telephone, email and written correspondence) and make the case for continuing the CAMPAC funding at the current level. Please reach out to your supervisor and share with them the impact of CAMPAC funding on your organization. Click here for County Supervisor contact information. 

Our advice to nonprofit arts groups is to contact the County supervisor(s) who is most closely linked to your mission and program delivery and make a very individual, data-driven case for supporting what you do.
 The more personal, the better. For its part, Creative Alliance will work diligently to develop programs and resources that will help you develop your earned income revenue so that there is less dependence on contributed income. 


If you have any additional questions about CAMPAC funding or the application cycle, email Rick Clark, CAMPAC Administrator.

Applications Accepted for MARN's Creative Capital Core Workshops 


MARN is seeking 24 Milwaukee area mid-career to established artists from all disciplines (visual arts, music, film, literary, spoken word, performers) to train with Creative Capital, the premiere professional development organization for creatives. Creative Capital is based in New York but does work nationally, and this workshop is a fantastic and transformative opportunity to learn from the best in creative professional development.


Hosted by MIAD, this weekend retreat will be a crash course in strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and promotion. The retreat will take place from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th, 2012.


Click here to learn more and apply.

The Pfister Hotel Seeks Next Writer in Residence 


Interested in a unique opportunity to spend time in a beautiful, historic building, meet new people from all over the world, and employ your creative writing skills? Here's your chance. The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is in search of its next writer in residence, known as the Pfister Narrator.


The chosen candidate will spend time in the hotel's lobby and public spaces, speaking with visitors and guests and sharing their stories through a blog on the hotel's website.


"The Pfister Narrator program has served as a fantastic way to honor our guests and their experiences at the hotel, in Milwaukee, and beyond," says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. "The exposure and success of the program is continually growing, and we're anxious to see who will be the next writer to help us share the stories of life within the walls of our historic hotel."


The person chosen next for the position will be the hotel's fifth writer in residence, and will replace current narrator Dasha Kelly, who has been blogging from the hotel since the beginning of May. Her stories can be found at the Pfister Hotel's Blog.

"The narrator position hits all of the writerly senses, like a snack that indulges sweet, the salty, the crunchy and the fattening," Kelly explained. "Gathering ideas. Creating stories. Whittling words. Polishing for public consumption. I get to initiate interesting conversations with all kinds of people; I have the freedom to tell their stories in my own voice and style; I'm invited to roam about in one of the most spectacular landmarks in the city; and I enjoy the satisfaction of turning around quality work on a weekly basis. It's been a great opportunity, and I strongly encourage all interested writers to apply."


The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2012. The next Pfister Narrator will take their post the week of November 1st and remain the storyteller through April 2013.


For application guidelines, more details, and to apply, click here.

In This Issue
Register for Creative Milwaukee at Work
Save the Date for Art at the Center Benefit
UW-M Peck School Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Year of the Arts
Arts Wisconsin Legislative Candidate Survey
MARN Creative Capital Program Accepting Applications
Pfister Hotel Seeks Next Pfister Narrator
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