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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

March 1, 2012 



Our Leap Day event saw more than 100 creatives from throughout the region engaged in a creative (but of course!) process to learn more about our new vision and strategic plan, share their thoughts with us, and tell us how they'd like to help us in our goal to link, leverage, grow and promote the creative industries in our region.  If you attended the event, please check out the new vision and strategic plan in its entirety -- we're always open to feedback as well as people who want to volunteer to help.  If you couldn't make it, you can still check out our vision and strategic plan, and share your thoughts and/or sign up.

During the event, we also announced that "Experience Creative Milwaukee" Month will be held this coming June.  So, start sending us any and everything you know of that's creative and happening this June, and we'll help to promote it!  This month-long celebration of creative activity throughout the region will culminate on June 21st when Creative Alliance presents "Creative Milwaukee @ Work," the region's first creative conference, hosted by MIAD.  The conference is designed to highlight the abundance of creative talent we have throughout the region, as well to provide ideas and resources to help participants be even more creative.  And of course, there will be a ton of ways in which we'll help you connect with other creatives in meaningful and valuable ways.  Stay tuned for more details!

Lots of exciting initiatives on the horizon...and we haven't even gotten to the goodies in this week's newsletter.


The Creative Alliance Team

Ten reasons why you should come to Madison for Arts Day!ArtsWI logo
Have you made your plans to attend Arts Day 2012, happening on Wednesday, March 14, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in downtown Madison?  If you haven't, here are ten reasons why you should register today and plan to join your colleagues and friends from around the state on the biggest day for the arts in WisconsinLearn More >
East Town Coffee Connections :: State of the ARTS in Milwaukee
Thursday, March 29, 2012
InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel ~ 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.

Join East Town Association, InterContinental Milwaukee,  The Business Journal, OnMilwaukee.Com & 88Nine Radio Milwaukee for this FREE round-table morning speaker series. The 3rd installment of this season's Coffee Connections will feature a discussion on the State of the ARTS in Milwaukee.  Topics could include: what are some of the greatest challenges facing artists and arts organizations in Milwaukee today; public art and the debate over funding; what are some good things happening in Milwaukee's art scene and more! Learn More >

Joyce Awards 2013
Since 2003, the Joyce Awards have distributed $1.8 million to support the commissioning of new artwork from artists of color in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In those ten years, Joyce Award recipients have flourished both nationally and within their communities.

NEW! After 10 successful years, the Joyce Awards are changing the way communities interact with art again. In recognition of the fact that art is happening everywhere, all the time, the Joyce Awards will now support the commissioning of new work from diverse artists no matter where they choose to work-in the gallery, on the stage, in the church, the schoolyard, the prison, the community center.

Beginning in 2013, the Joyce Awards program will open its application process, so that any nonprofit organization, not solely art institutions can apply to commission work and create a project with an artist of color. Annually, a minimum of four awards of $50,000 each will be granted. Call for entry >
Can Creativity Save the Business World?  
Dynamics between the arts, business and education are in flux. Are CEOs committed to being creative or just talking the talk?

According to IBM's
most recent global CEO study, the majority of CEOs believe the key to navigating today's volatile, uncertain and increasingly complex business environment is creativity. Is this just business leaders talking the talk or are 21st-century businesses really committed to being creative? Read More >

Fueling the Creative Economy Part II: Call to Graphic Designers, 'Get Involved' 

In my January 3rd article, Fueling the Creative Economy I wrote about the appointment of Joe Bookchin to the position of director of the Office of the Creative Economy in Vermont, as well as creative economy initiatives in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and their importance to our industry's continued health and development.


Subsequently, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Jean Maginnis, Founder & Executive Director, Maine Center for Creativity and Christine Harris, CEO Christine Harris Connections and Executive Advisor Creative Alliance Milwaukee who informed me of their respective creative alliances as well as others, and the newly formed National Creativity Network, an organization that believes in fostering creativity as being key to innovation and economic success in America right now.   

Learn More > 

In This Issue
Ten Reasons Why You Should Come to Madison for Arts Day
East Town Coffee Connections
Joyce Awards 2013
Can Creativity Save the Business World?
Fueling the Creative Economy, Part II
Featured Gig Postings
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