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City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $238,000 to 35 arts organizations

Summer arts programs for youth, free performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of cross-neighborhood dinners in connection with the classic American play Our Town are among 35 projects awarded funding recently by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.

At its May 9, 2017 meeting the MAB considered the recommendations of an eight-member citizen review panel and voted to award $238,000 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 35 selected projects this year is more than $3.48 million.  There were a total of 41 eligible requests from Milwaukee nonprofit arts organizations to fund art, music, dance, arts education and other projects.

“I’m always impressed by the quality work our local arts community puts forth,” said Ald. Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Arts Board Chair. “We’re pleased to be able to support their efforts.”     

This year marks the 27th annual grant awards.  Since 1991, the Milwaukee Arts Board has awarded more than $4.95 million to 127 different organizations.

Grantees will be honored by Mayor Tom Barrett, Ald. Murphy and others at a 4:30 p.m. reception June 12 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts followed by an awards program and celebration at 5 p.m. The public is invited. Please RSVP by June 9.

The Milwaukee Arts Board grant program is funded by the City of Milwaukee with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The MAB also awards matching funds for new works of public art and conservation of public art.

2017 Milwaukee Arts Board Project Grant Awards

$7,000

Artists Working in Education

Truck Studio

$7,000

Arts @ Large

2017 Music Under the Stars Concert Series & Summer Arts

$7,000

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

City Neighbors

$3,500

Black Arts MKE

Ton Ko-Thi Children's After School Performing Arts

$7,000

DanceCircus

Monarchs, Mounds, Migrations

$7,000

Danceworks

Mad Hot Ballroom And Tap

$7,000

Ex Fabula

Equal Access

$7,000

Express Yourself Milwaukee

Youth Band in Collaboration with West End Conservatory

$7,000

First Stage

Antarctica, Wisconsin

$7,000

Florentine Opera

Opera in the Schools: A Busy Bee

$7,000

Haggerty Museum of Art

(Re)Housing the American Dream, 2017

$7,000

Historic Milwaukee

Doors Open

$7,000

In Tandem Theatre

The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham

$7,000

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Moments & Markers - A Retrospective of Adolph Rosenblatt

$7,000

Latino Arts

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration 2017

$7,000

Milwaukee Art Museum

ArtXpress Inspired by Rashid Johnson

$7,000

Milwaukee Ballet

Ballet-in-a-Box

$7,000

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

The Brothers Size

$7,000

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Readings and Carols

$7,000

Milwaukee Film

Cream City Cinema

$7,000

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Our Town play and cross-neighborhood dinners.

$7,000

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Symphony in the Neighborhood

$7,000

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Progressions

$3,500

Milwaukee Youth Theatre

The Jungle Book

$7,000

Next Act Theatre

I and You production and student project Across the Viaduct

$7,000

Optimist Theatre

Shakespeare in the Park - Much Ado About Nothing

$7,000

PianoArts

PianoArts Education and Community Program

$7,000

Present Music

2017 Thanksgiving Concert and Education Activities

$7,000

Radio Milwaukee

Band Together from all Corners of Milwaukee

$7,000

Renaissance Theaterworks

Br!NK A New Play Development Series

$7,000

Skylight Music Theatre Corp.

KidsWrites

$7,000

Tessa's Black Entertainment & Youth Center

9th Annual Summer Dance Concert

$7,000

Wild Space Inc.

Artifacts dance performance and outreach program

$7,000

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

We Six Residencies in Milwaukee Schools

$7,000

Woodland Pattern

Because We Come From Everything