Milwaukee Arts Board Invites Applications for Public Art Conservation and New Work Funds
The City of Milwaukee Arts Board today released guidelines and applications for Public Art Conservation and New Work Funds. Requests for both funds will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2017. Conservation applications are due no later than Jan. 31, 2017. New Work applications are due Feb. 28, 2017.
Up to $15,000 is available for Public Art New Work in 2017. The 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. In 2016 the Arts Board awarded $11,000 to Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum for “Happiness Project: Under Construction; $7,000 to Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail for “The Milwaukee Road Monument; and $2,500 in support of “Temporary Resurfacing,” an outdoor multi video projection installation.
Concurrently, the Arts Board is launching its 12th cycle of funding devoted to conserving public art in the City of Milwaukee. 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.
In this round, $5,000 will be available to conserve public art in the city. Grants will be made in increments of $1,000, with no single award greater than $5,000. Qualifying works must be fully accessible to the public. Most recently $5,000 was awarded to the Wisconsin Black Historical Society for repairs to the wall where a mural “The Gift” was later painted, and $4,436 to the Juneau Park Friends toward restoration of the Leif Erickson and Solomon Juneau statues in Juneau Park.
To alert the Public Art Subcommittee to a piece of public art that requires conservation or to pose questions about the application or funding process, contact the arts board at email@example.com. A comprehensive list of public art in the City of Milwaukee can be found on Wikipedia.
Della Wells & Dasha Kelly named 2016 Artists of the Year; Thallis Hoyt Drake & Andy Nunemaker named Friends of the Arts
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.
City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $217,000 to 33 arts organizations
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