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Creative Alliance Milwaukee Update

June 12th, 2013 

The creative community has a lot to celebrate this week!  MPS announced this morning an increase of art/music/phy ed and librarian positions for the 2013-14 school year, including an estimated 25 full-time visual and performing arts specialists.  Read the full MJS news here.
The National Endowment for the Arts released yesterday a new
national research tool on working artists.  Check out the news release here with awesome links to explore.

Summer in Milwaukee is in full-swing, so get out and enjoy!


The Creative Alliance Team 

World Premiere! FREE Outdoor Dance Event: Summerdances
Performances at the North Point Park and Water Tower
June 13 - 15 at 9 PM

Performances at the Milwaukee Art Museum Cudahy Gardens 
June 14 at 6 PM, June 15 at 3 PM

Stephan Koplowitz, internationally-known award-winning director/choreographer, will premiere two large-scale site-specific performance works inspired by the architecture and ecology of water found in the Cudahy Gardens of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic North Point Water Tower. With a cast of 30 UWM dancers, original music by Tim Russell, digital projections by Luc Vanier with performances of  Bel Canto Chorus, Koplowitz and Company will animate these two icons of Milwaukee with movement, light and sound. 

These events are FREE and open to the public. Learn more>
Public Policy Forum Releases New Research on Arts in MPS

The Bader Foundation hosted three powerhouse presentations in regards to Creative Education last Thursday, June 6--Herzfeld Foundation, Milwaukee Public Schools and The PUblic Policy Forum.


After a welcome introduction by Daniel Bader, Bill Haberman, Herzfeld Foundation, shared impassioned comments about why he and his wife, Carmen, support creative education through their foundation.  "The arts go to the essence of being human," he stated. "I challenge you to name another species on this planet that makes art."  (Read Mr. Haberman's entire speech here.)  


Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of MPS, shared that students with high level of arts participation outperform students with lower participation and makes a bigger difference to kids from low-income families than high-income backgrounds. Sustained involvement in music and theater are highly correlated with math and reading success. *MPS now at 90% attendance--kids coming because of strong arts programming," Dr. Thornton stated.  He went on to outline the MPS vision for arts education:

MPS Arts Education Vision:
1. Want every child to have in and out of school arts experiences.
2. Extended opportunities for students in arts-focused schools. (Elm Creative Arts, Kluge School, Milwaukee High School of the Arts)
3. Dual enrollment, strategic partnerships, special summer programs, internships or other experiences for students exploring arts careers (MIAD!).

"The first is a given, not optional, something every student deserves and will get," Dr. Thornton said.  "The other two are value-added, will help our community continue to be a vibrant place."   


 Anne Chapman, a researcher with the Public Policy Forum, shared results from preliminary research funded by the Herzfeld Foundation regarding the potential for implementing a new community-wide model for providing arts education in Milwaukee.  "The purpose of the initial research is to illustrate the current context for community-wide arts education efforts as a way to inform discussions, planning, and future decisions related to the shape of a potential arts education framework in Milwaukee, should the community desire to undertake such an effort," Ms. Chapman said. Read the full report here>

Racine Art Museum Hosts Top 10 at 10, Twenty-First Century

Heirlooms Exhibits

Did you know that the Racine Art Museum now has the largest contemporary crafts collection in the United States? Over the last 10 years, RAM's holdings of contemporary crafts and works on paper have nearly quadrupled. In celebration of the museum's 10th anniversary year in downtown Racine, Top 10 at 10: Favorites from RAM's Collection is on display through October 6, 2013.  


From June 1 to September 1, visitors are invited to vote for their Top 10. Winning pieces will be highlighted this fall in an exhibition in RAM's galleries as well as online at


RAM Exhibition: 21st Century Heirlooms (Through Sept. 15th):

Featuring artists at various phases in their careers and objects crafted from a variety of different media, Twenty-First Century Heirlooms is a large-scale exhibition that offers a context for exploring what we value today and why. From brooches that use famous Western paintings as reference points to sculptures made of accumulations of recycled twentieth-century pressed glass, as well as fast food containers made of silver, the work included in this show expands and challenges how we define heirlooms in the twenty-first century. Learn more>


RAM members can enjoy a special Meet the Artist event this coming Friday, June 14th, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. The program includes refreshments, live music, and a discussion/presentation featuring artist Mary Smull. Click here for more information.
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