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Della Wells and Dasha Kelly have been named 2016 Artists of the Year, the City of Milwaukee Arts Board announced recently. Thallis Hoyt Drake and Andy Nunemaker were named 2016 Friends of the Arts.
They will be honored Tuesday, June 14 at a 4:30 p.m. reception in the atrium of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts followed by an awards program and celebration at 5 p.m. Representatives of 33 city-based arts organizations who received arts board grants will also be honored. RSVP here
“We’re glad to shine a light on these four individuals, who have contributed so much to our entire community,” said Ald. Michael Murphy, who chairs the Milwaukee Arts Board.
An effort to enable more individuals with disabilities to tell their stories on Ex Fabula stages, a series of cultural interactions with a classical music ensemble from Cuba, and an original theatrical production celebrating Milwaukee’s African-American Bronzeville community during the 1950s are among 33 projects awarded funding recently by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.
At its May 10 meeting the MAB approved the recommendations of an eight-member citizen review panel to award $217,000 in grants ranging from $3,500 to $7,000. MAB grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash match from other sources, and the combined budgets of the 33 selected projects this year is more than $2.9 million. There were a total of 47 requests from nonprofit arts organizations to fund art, music, dance, arts education and other projects. Read More
The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) Grant Program serves to bring accessibility and enjoyment of the arts to the citizens of our culturally diverse city. We do this by essentially "purchasing" arts programming and arts education from Milwaukee's eligible arts organizations. By so doing, we provide a measure of financial support to our vibrant and exciting arts community. The MAB promotes the formation and growth of artistic projects or programs that are administered by and responsive to the needs of Milwaukee's racial and ethnic minority communities. Grant guidelines and applications are released annually in January.
The Milwaukee Arts Board Public Art Conservation Fund preserves that part of the city's cultural and civic heritage embodied in its public art. Funds are made available every six months, releasing applications in January and July. Works of art must be located in the City of Milwaukee and must be fully accessible to the public. Priority will be given to art works of particular historical, cultural or aesthetic importance. Priority will also be given to projects with a well-formulated fundraising plan and evidence of fundraising sucess.
The City of Milwaukee Public Art Subcommittee seeks strategic partnerships with organizations, neighborhoods and artists to commission public art in the City of Milwaukee. Although the Arts Board's public art resources are limited, the subcommittee can use its technical expertise to assist in the preparation of RFQ's and selection processes, and can work with partners to select artists and leverage resources.
A memorial bequest in honor of local artist and MAB member Jim Chism launched the first Artist of the Year Award in 1995. Additional funding comes from donations. Artists are nominated for the award by members of the Arts Board.
In 2012 the MAB created a new award, "Friends of the Arts," to recognize those who, often behind the scenes, have demonstrated exemplary support to the arts community.
The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) was created to enhance the development, cultural diversity, accessibility and enjoyment of the arts for Milwaukee's citizens. All regular meetings of the Milwaukee Arts Board are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. and are held in Room 301-A or 303 of City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Dates and location are subject to change.
The Arts Board provides a range of support to arts and community organizations that produce innovative projects or programs. Additionally, the MAB is committed to supporting public art projects that provide a sense of place, celebrating our community in city neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. For specific information about the MAB email email@example.com. For meeting information, please contact Molly Kuether at 286-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Milwaukee Arts Board partially funded works by two local artists at the new East Library Branch, which officially opened on November 22, 2014. Read more about the project on the library website.
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