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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

February 16, 2012 



We're excited for you to join us on February 29th as we engage creatives from all over the region in a lively, fun and creative discussion around Creative Alliance Milwaukee's proposed vision and strategic plan, facilitated by GE Healthcare's Global Design & User Experience Team.  Find more event details below as well as other newsletter goodies.




The Creative Alliance Team

Don't Waste the Extra Day.  Leap into Action!

Seize the (Extra) Day, and join us at the Eisner Museum!  Celebrate this Leap Year by telling us what you think.  Join GE Healthcare's Global Design & User Experience Team to learn more about the draft vision and strategic plan for Creative Alliance Milwaukee, and tell us what you think!  As you've come to expect from us, this facilitated, creative brainstorming event is designed to bring you up-to-speed as to what CAM's been up to since we launched ten months ago, and share with you what we think lies ahead -- AND show you how you can join in our efforts.


We'll get the feedback we need to keep moving ahead in our
goal to link, leverage and grow our creative industries.  You'll meet other creatives, and learn new, creative brainstorming and facilitation techniques.  Refreshments will be served, so everyone wins! Learn More and Register > 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! footPRINT :: a Wisconsin celebration of community, culture and design 

Celebrate Wisconsin culture, the environment and artistic talent with AIGA at the footPRINT exhibit on April 14 - Milwaukee Day. A creatively vibrant, diverse and growing metropolis, Milwaukee will play host to an event designed to stoke artistic passion and community appreciation. Using their surroundings as inspiration, talented local designers will create graphics that capture their neighborhood, the city, natural environment or a favorite hangout. All entries will be featured in a permanent online gallery available for download to the public, while select works will be displayed at the Milwaukee Day footPRINT exhibition and party. The most creative and compelling entries, as scored by judges, will be sold as posters or postcards to benefit the Urban Ecology Center. The event will also serve as the launch for AIGA Wisconsin's "Design for Good" initiative, part of a new national campaign to harness designers' talents to galvanize social change in communities. Learn More>  
President Obama's Budget Request for the NEA: The Fine Print
This week, the Obama Administration released their fourth budget request covering all federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

President Obama is proposing an increase of $8 million (from $146M to $154M) for the NEA, which was a very positive start. In the past two years, NEA funding has dropped almost $22M and has yet to recover from the enormous cuts from its high of $176M in 1992. The fine print of these budget proposals to Congress are read by federal affairs types for additional news and direction about the programs for which they advocate. With that mission in mind, the following details may be of interest to arts supporters. Learn More >

Creative Communities Grant Phase 1 Application Now Available WAB Logo

The Creative Communities grants program (CCP) encourages arts education and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Board's goals in the following three areas: Arts Education, Folk and Traditional Arts, and Local Arts. Through direct financial support of specific arts projects, the Arts Board sustains the vitality of Wisconsin culturally, educationally and economically. Note that the applicant to this particular grant program must be the ORGANIZATION, not the individual who is writing the grant.  The FY13 Creative Communities grant program Phase 1 application is now available.  The due date is February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm.  Learn More > 

To Speed Up The Creative Process, Slow Down

It was Sunday in church, 1973, when Arthur Fry had his moment of insight. Fry, a member of the choir, was having trouble marking pages for the hymnals. Whenever he opened the book his makeshift bookmarks fell out or got caught in the seams. The problem was innocent enough, yet it persisted. What Fry really needed was an adhesive strong enough so his bookmarks stuck to the pages but weak enough so he wouldn't damage the pages when he removed the bookmarks.

He recalled a seminar given by his colleague, Spencer Silver, a few years ago. Silver described a new adhesive he discovered during his talk and Fry had been wondering how it could be applied ever since. That's when the answer came to him: why not use Silver's adhesive for the bookmark?

He called his idea the Post-It note.Learn More >  

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In This Issue
Don't Waste the Extra Day. Leap into Action!
Call for Submissions - footPRINT
Creative Communities Grant Phase 1 Application Now Available
To Speed Up The Creative Process, Slow Down
29 Ways to Stay Creative
Featured Gig Postings
Learn More About Membership
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