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Milwaukee Arts Board Releases 2016 Grant Guidelines and Applications

The Milwaukee Arts Board has released 2016 guidelines and applications for its three funding areas.

MAB expects to award more than $200,000 in Project Grants to City of Milwaukee arts nonprofits in support of arts performances, programs, exhibits or educational experiences. To learn more about updated Guidelines and Applications organizations, especially first time applicants, are strongly encouraged to attend a Milwaukee Arts Board Grant Writing Workshop on one of two dates:  Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 9:30-11 a.m. in the first floor board room at 809 N. Broadway; or Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. at East Library, 2320 N. Cramer St.

“Our goal is to support our city’s talented arts professionals who bring us together in ways that delight, inform, inspire and even challenge us,” said Common Council President Michael Murphy, who chairs the board.

The Arts Board also launches the 10th cycle of the Conservation of Public Art Fund. The goal of the fund is to preserve that part of the city’s cultural and civic heritage embodied in its public art. The fund supports the conservation of works that are historically, culturally and aesthetically important to the city.  Up to $10,000 is available in this cycle.

Finally, the MAB invites requests for funding New Works of Public Art. The MAB's Public Art Subcommittee seeks strategic partnerships with organizations, neighborhoods, and artists to commission new public art in the City of Milwaukee. The Arts Board is willing to consider large projects for which the board is a smaller catalytic funder, as well as smaller projects in which the board would be an equal partner.  Up to $20,000 is available in 2016.

For information and assistance, or to RSVP for the Grant Writing Workshops, contact Sally Witte at or 414-286-5794.   And did you know? A comprehensive list of public art in the City of Milwaukee can be found on Wikipedia.

Milwaukee Arts Board awards $213,500 to 33 organizations; Steve VandeZande, Lori Bauman named Friends of the Arts

 An Eco-Arts Park in Walker’s Point, a bilingual Spanish community storytelling project, and a multi-disciplinary play celebrating the wisdom of Native elders are among 33 projects awarded funding recently by the Milwaukee Arts Board. At its May 2015 meeting, the MAB approved the recommendation of its citizen review panel to award $213,500 in grants ranging from $3,500 to $7,000.

At the June 9 Grant Awards Reception the MAB will also honor the recipients of the 4th annual Friends of the Arts Award. Receiving the award this year are Steve Vande Zande and Lori Bauman, co-founders of RedLine Milwaukee.     Read More

Milwaukee Arts Board Names 20th Annual Artists of the Year

Dale Gutzman and John Riepenhoff were named Artists of the Year, the Milwaukee Arts Board announced following its January 2015 meeting.  Awards of $1,500 each will be presented to the recipients at a March reception.                       Read More

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Project Grants

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.


Public Art Conservation Fund

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.


Public Art New Work Fund

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.


Artists of the Year and Friends of Art

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.


About Us

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 For meeting information, please contact Molly Kuether at 286-2775 or


Milwaukee Public Library - East Branch

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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  • Santiago Cucullu

Contact Us

City of Milwaukee Arts Board
809 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-5794

Learn more about meetings, members and agendas of the Milwaukee Arts Board and Public Art Subcommittee on Legistar.

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