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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

November 23, 2011



As we enter the holiday season, we'd like to offer a heartfelt THANK YOU for your interest and continued support of the Creative Alliance.  Your feedback and suggestions have helped shape our direction and we are excited to continue providing the most relevant content related to championing creativity.


Take a look below for a few exciting upcoming events, grant and holiday giving opportunities, as well as an excellent glimpse from Entrepreneur Magazine into the state of our creative nation.


Happy Thanksgiving! 


The Creative Alliance Team 

Mobile Business: Mobile Considerations for Nonprofit Arts & Culture
Saturday, December 3, 2011
11:05 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
OPEN MiKE - 161 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee (Inside Grand Avenue Mall, across from The Chocolate Factory and above TJ Maxx)

Calling nonprofit arts organizations! We have a fabulous opportunity for you to find out how mobile applications are changing the world of business, and how they can have a positive impact on the bottom line of your organization. How can mobile applications find new customers, help you develop new products, or save operating costs? Matt Friedel (CEO of and Christine Harris will be co-hosting the session with the focus on helping you understand and benefit from the world of mobile applications.  


Join us for a lively and informative discussion. If you have developed a mobile app, please come prepared to show us and if you are thinking of one, here is an opportunity to explore your ideas. And, if you haven't been seriously considering mobile applications, time to get on the bandwagon.


Click here for more information and to register for this free event.

Arts and Private Sector Blog Salon

This past week, Americans for the Arts hosted an Arts and Business blog salon. You can see all of the postings here.  There is an amazing array of writers and reflections, with topics like "Arts and Culture Can Help Solve the Creativity Crisis in Business", the "Arts for Arts Sake Conundrum". We encourage you to explore the range of blogs in this arts and private sector blog salon. There are many fascinating tidbits of research and information, as well as a host of insightful and thought-provoking perceptions.

Apply for a Big Read grant today! 

Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit Big Readorganizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.Start an application. 

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email.  

Milwaukee's Holiday Season Heating Up: Harley-Davidson Museum´┐Ż to Host Blazin' Yule

The Harley-Davidson Museum will be one of the best destinations in Milwaukee this holiday season as it hosts its first-ever Blazin' Yule celebration. Visitors will have several chances to get into the holiday spirit through an extensive lineup of holiday activities for everyone, young and old. In addition, visitors can enjoy the spirit of giving by showing their support for Milwaukee's Arts @ Large organization through fundraising activities during the celebration. Learn More> 

African-American Children's Theatre Match Grant Opportunity
Recent budget cuts at the state, county, and local level have left AACT with a budget shortfall that must be met in order to keep their doors open through June of 2012. To counter that, they are reaching out to the community with their first fall funding drive, and we encourage you to show them how much you value performing arts that positively portray our young people. Please donate whatever amount you can by visiting their
website and clicking on the "Donate" button, or send a check 325 West Walnut Street Milwaukee, WI 53212 today. While they appreciate and need your support, they also understand that times may be tight. Any amount you can give will help them reach their goal of raising $5,000 in the next 30 days. Plus, your donation will go even farther to help, thanks to an anonymous donor who is generously supporting AACT by matching all received donations, dollar for dollar. Please, make your donation today!
Artopolis: The State of the Creative Nation
Creative arts entrepreneurs are building new businesses while reinvigorating cities and towns across the country. We checked around to see who's creating what, and how this growing creativeclass contributes to economies small and large.  Learn More> 
In This Issue
Mobile Business: Mobile Considerations for Nonprofit, Arts & Culture
Arts and Private Sector Blog Salon
Apply for a Big Read Grant Today
Milwaukee's Holiday Season Heating Up - Harley-Davidson Museum to Host Blazin' Yule
African-American Children's Theatre Match Grant Opportunity
Artopolis: The State of the Creative Nation
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