Creative Alliance Milwaukee is a partner of MiKE (Innovation In Milwaukee), a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative, funded by ArtPlace, that aligns the region’s assets in advanced manufacturing and global innovation companies into a design and technology cluster that serves as a catalytic source for rapid innovation and talent to compete on the world stage.
- Inspiring Community: Art Milwaukee
- Growing Start-Ups: Biz Starts
- Facilitating Projects: Creative Alliance
- Accelerating Talent: Spreenkler Talent Labs & GMC Talent Dividend
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Creative Alliance Milwaukee, in partnership with The Shops of Grand Avenue, has developed Creativity Works Here, a program designed to foster growth and development in Milwaukee’s creative industry, as well as spur retail growth in The Shops of Grand Avenue.
Creativity Works Here offers the Mall’s resources, namely space, to local creatives and artists, as well as small business owners. Not only does the program offer unique and affordable location options, but with so many varied and talented people under one roof, there is tremendous opportunity to collaborate and share. Through Creativity Works Here, a once powerful retail destination will be transformed into the epicenter of arts, culture and creativity in Milwaukee. More >
A Focus on Creative Education
We focus significant effort on an area we know interests you: developing creative education as a part of the development of every child, as well as a regional workforce development strategy. Membership helps us devote the resources necessary to put together the research and planning for such a strategy. The Alliance intends for creativity education to be the major policy initiative for 2012.
The Creative Alliance and several other community organizations participate in the Bader Arts Education Collaborative, an initiative that brings arts education to underserved youth in the Milwaukee area by connecting artist-educators with schools and youth-serving organizations. The Milwaukee Arts Education Directory, which currently lists more than more than 200 tours, residencies, workshops and after-school programs, and which the Creative Alliance administers, is a key component of this project. The directory is FREE for artists and arts organizations to post their programs and is available to anyone who wants to find arts programming for their students—and right now is a great time to check it out! Anyone booking a directory artist or organization for a program will have the chance to win a $500 video kit—the first drawing takes place June 1, 2011! Drawings take place 3 times per year.
Partners in the Collaborative also include Arts@Large, which connects artist-educators with programming in the schools and CLCs; COA Youth and Family Centers and United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), a consortium of social service agencies which provide youth and other programming; Milwaukee Public Schools, MPS Department of Recreation (which administers the $1 million Partnership for the Arts funding after-school and summer programs in Milwaukee), and the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN). The Nonprofit Management Fund also has been a partner in this project. Thousands of young people participate in arts programming each year through the services and programs of these collaborative partners. Arts organizations have received capacity building services from the Nonprofit Management Fund, while MARN will be helping artist-educators develop their business skills during phase 2 of the project (2011-2013).