Featured Member: Eisner Creative Foundation
(posted: Aug 04, 2014)
What does your company do?
WILLIAM F. EISNER opened an advertising agency in Milwaukee at the age of 33. A graduate of both the Layton School of Art (predecessor to MIAD) and Marquette University, Eisner was both an innovator and an entrepreneur. By 1969, he had built a complex that housed several of his own companies, including an ad agency, printing company, photography studio, recording studio, graphic design studio and a public relations firm. He led the National Federation of Advertising Agencies as president, shared his insights as mentor and teacher for students at Marquette University’s School of Journalism, and was active in the Milwaukee Advertising Club.
Elaine Eisner began to formulate the idea of an advertising and design museum after her husband’s sudden death in 1990. The Wm. F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design was open for 10 years until the pending sale of the building that it was housed in, forced the museum to close it’s doors in March of 2010.
The Board of Directors have transitioned the organization into The Eisner Creative Foundation, which will continue its’ mission to educate and inspire the next generation of Wisconsin’s creative professionals. The Eisner Creative Foundation will; 1. Provide grants to organizations and institutions that can most effectively inspire young people to make Milwaukee their creative home. 2. Distribute scholarships and cash awards to individuals who demonstrate the potential to become the future leaders within Milwaukee’s Creative Community. 3. Aggregate professional resources and help create and organize a sustainable program to grow Wisconsin’s creative economy.
What’s new for your company in 2014?
JOIN US AT A TURNING POINT GATHERING. They’re the perfect opportunity for college students and those early in their careers to network with and ask questions of seasoned pros. Turning Point Gathering agendas will include 30-minutes of food and networking, 20-minutes of an agency show-and-tell, and 40-minutes for a panel discussion with host company employees. Free of charge, but space is limited, so sign-up in advance. Register by clicking the calendar on any of our scheduled Gatherings
What opportunities do you have for Milwaukee creatives?
The Eisner Creative Foundation is looking to support professional groups, universities, student chapters, and individuals who are capable of planning and executing events that will educate, mentor and inspire young people to pursue careers within Milwaukee’s creative economy. Learn more about grant opportunities here.
Do you have any upcoming events?
Check out the full calendar of events here.