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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

October 6, 2011



We're looking forward to having you join us tonight, starting at 6:00p, for our Hub Live event. Hear what we've been up to and see for yourself the emerging renaissance of the Grand Avenue Mall! 


Per our earlier communication, the Alliance is focusing these few months on sharpening its strategic direction and determining how we can best serve the growth of our creative industries. To accomplish that, we have  

  1. concentrated our Board efforts on working with Jill Morin to evolve a strategic plan to move us forward with a sustainable business model, and  
  2. shifted our staffing resources to include Christine Harris as Executive Advisor half-time, Laurel Osman, Project Manager for MiKE, and our new employee, Kimberly Rosby as Communications and Operations Manager. Once the planning process is complete the Alliance will determine its board composition, as well as staff leadership and complement. 
During this strategic planning framework, we will be soliciting input from both our members and non-members to listen to what your needs and desires are to have a vibrant and growing creative industries - so watch for that opportunity! Meanwhile, feel free to send your thoughts and suggestions to Christine at

Milwaukee County Arts Funding
You may have read that County Executive Chris Abele has proposed his budget to include a 15% cut to many of our regional cultural institutions (such as the Art Museum and Marcus Center), as well as the suspension for at least a year of all CAMPAC funding. CAMPAC has distributed operating support of about $375,000 to over 30 arts organizations annually for many years. For many of these groups this is the only unrestricted operating support they receive. While this is truly a significant blow to many arts organizations, the County's fiscal issues are vast and it is impossible to be put up against social service or health funding in a budget battle.

The position of the Creative Alliance is that if we determine there is any Supervisor appetite to fight for more arts funding, we will work on this issue further. However, we think this is a long shot. Meanwhile,
our advice to the 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, the 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 - which we think will be compromised for a long, long time.


The Creative Alliance Team 

Hub Live: Celebrating Milwaukee Creatives
TONIGHT! 6:00 - 10:00p.m.
The Shops of Grand Avenue
Hosted by ART Milwaukee 
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Join us tonight for our fall networking event! You've heard the buzz, now see what it's all about! 
And don't forget, stop by to Meet MiKE and celebrate ART
Milwaukee's one year birthday!

See you there!
October 2011 Proclaimed Arts & Humanities Month NAAH Month
We are honored to share this proclamation and recognition of Arts & Humanities Month by President Barack Obama. Learn More>
Danny Gokey's Sophia's Heart Foundation opens office at Grand SHF LogoAvenue Mall
Downtown Milwaukee's Shops of Grand Avenue has been the subject of several stories detailing businesses on their way out of the downtown area. In 2011, the mall has been welcoming new tenants including one with a connection to Milwaukee area American Idol star Danny Gokey.  Gokey is making a difference with his Sophia's Heart Foundation, which offers performing arts and academic programs to benefit young people. He talked about the continuing effort and excitement while standing in Sophia's new place at the Grand Avenue Mall. Learn More >
Third Annual PR+Social Media Summit

October 11, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Marquette University - Alumni Memorial Union/Weasler Auditorium


Hanson Dodge Creative is pleased to invite you to a one-day summit focused on the convergence of strategic communications and social media designed for senior executives, marketing and PR professionals, brand managers and other business leaders.

SM Summit 

The summit will showcase presentations and panel discussions from marquee businesses and industry leaders such as Pepsi, The North Face, American Eagle Outfitters, Land's End and IBM; companies that have successfully leveraged PR and social media to move business forward.  

Learn more > 

The ART Milwaukee Sticker Wall
ART Milwaukee wants your business, community and arts organization stickers on their wall!
Art MKE Sticker Wall
They currently have stickers from Couto Brothers, Urban Ecology Center and Harley Davidson.
Want to see your sticker on the wall? Mail or stop by: 161 W. Wisconsin Ave LL300, Under the TJ Maxx in the Grand Avenue Mall.  
Welcome New Staff:
Kimberly Rosby

We are excited to announce our new Communications and Operations Manager, Kimberly Rosby. 

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we're streamlining our operations to better serve our creative community.
This new role combines all communication functions and day to day office operations of the Creative Alliance.

Kimberly's prior experience includes assisting in administrative, marketing, public relations, events and social media efforts for alliance members, Kahler Slater and Cramer-Krasselt. She is looking forward to working with the Creative Alliance and meeting many of you in the coming months.
In This Issue
TONIGHT! Hub Live: Celebrating Milwaukee Creatives
October is Arts & Humanities Month
Danny Gokey and the Grand Avenue Mall
Third Annual PR + Social Media Summit
ART Milwaukee Sticker Wall
New Staff Welcome
Featured Member Events
Featured Gig Postings
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