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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

Oct. 10th, 2012 



We celebrate the arts every day, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month-- the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation!


National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. Click here for more information. 


Here at Creative Alliance, we're passionate about arts, creativity, and exploring the economic impact that the creative industries have on our local, regional, and statewide communities. And we're thrilled by the buzz surrounding several new projects and initiatives! 


Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates and news-- plus, we're giving away a Creative Alliance Gold Membership, valued at $350, to our 350th Facebook page like!  


The Creative Alliance Team

Deadline Extended to 10/26 for Creative Economy National Research Project 

The National Creativity Network and Creative Alliance Milwaukee have launched a national creative economy research project with funding from National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this research is to develop a national profile of how the creative economy is being defined, segmented and quantified across the nation. This leading edge research will assess if there can be a core national profile definition for the creative industry enterprises and jobs.

Have you measured the economic value of your creative economy? If so, you are invited to join us in a national research project designed to profile the creative economy in the United States.

Click here to learn more and read full instructions on how to get involved. The deadline has been extended to October 26th, 2012. 

Email Christine Harris with questions, comments, and information.
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Creative Alliance is proud to be partnering with VISIT Milwaukee on this important branding, image, and promotional project for the City of Milwaukee. Get involved and show us what you love about Milwaukee through text, photos, or video.  Plus, there are some awesome prizes to be won! 

The Pfister Hotel Seeks 5th Artist In Residence

Entering its fifth year, The Pfister's Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece of work firsthand.


Each year, The Pfister's artist in residence is chosen to fill the role from a pool of highly qualified candidates based on artistic process, personality and a public vote. The next artist, replacing the program's first ever out-of-state artist Timothy Westbrook, a fiber artist from upstate New York, will move into the studio space April 1, 2013, and will continue working at the hotel for a one-year period.


The deadline to apply for the program is December 1st, 2012. Interested artists can download the application form by visiting  the Pfister's website. Application packages should be delivered to The Pfister Hotel's front desk, to the attention of Michelle McCarragher.

On Wisconsin! Communities Use Art to Help Drive Economic Development   


Appleton is among several notable communities in the state that have used the arts for economic gain. They include Milwaukee, Spring Green, Mineral Point, Stoughton, Door County and Cedarburg. Of course, Madison is home to the Overture Center, State Street, Chazen Museum of Art, and the Atwood Avenue, Willy Street and Monroe Street neighborhoods.


And here's the payoff.


A two-year economic impact study released in June and conducted by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Americans for the Arts showed local nonprofit arts organizations in the state generate $535 million a year. That figure includes $195 million in event-related spending on things like hotels, restaurants and parking.


Throw in for-profit arts-related businesses and the impact is even greater. Read more>  

It's Always Done This Way! A Creativity Post Article From Michael Michalko 

Human nature is such that when we assume we know how to do something, we perform the act without much thought about the assumptions we make. History is replete with thousands of examples of what happens when people don't challenge assumptions.

Once we think we know how something should be done, we keep doing it, then we teach others to do it the same way, and they in turn teach others until eventually you reach a point where no one remembers why something is done a certain way but we keep doing it anyway.

Make it a habit to challenge the assumptions you make. Read more>
Thanks for Joining us at Art at the Center, a Benefit Event for the Center Street Artists Relief Fund
Pamela Anderson, MARN Board President
Creative Alliance was proud to partner with MARN on this important fundraising event. Over 60 Milwaukee Arts and Cultural Institutions came together to make Art at the Center a success. In partnership with one another, we were able to raise money for the Center Street Artists Relief Fund, to give a variety of Milwaukee artists a platform to engage a diverse audience, and to foster connections between different segments of the Milwaukee Arts and Cultural community.

There were about 130 people at the event, with emcee Kyle Cherek of Wisconsin Foodie and fantastic performances by the Florentine Opera, Kim Miller, Moss Folk, Quarino Effect and Wes Tank. Also featured was visual art from Pamela Anderson, Stephanie Barenz, Reginald Baylor, Betsy Benes, Cody Frei, Jenie Gao, Thomas Hellstrom, Ashley Janke, Peter Kudlata, Melissa Dorn Richards, John Riepenhoff, Tyler Roberts, Michael Senise, and William Zuback. Local food and drink were catered by Sazama's Fine Catering with donations from Great Lakes Distillery, Brennan's Markets, Clockshadow Creamery and Bolzano Artisan Meats.

Click here to learn more and donate to the Relief Fund.
In This Issue
NEA Research Project Deadline Extended
More Dear MKE!
Pfister Seeks 5th Artist In Residence
Art Helps WI Communities Drive Economic Development
Challenge Your Assumptions
Art at the Center Recap
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