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All MAB 2020 grant funds opened in January

The City of Milwaukee Arts Board has released guidelines and applications for 2020 funding programs.  The newest program will make up to $25,000 available for nonpartisan public art projects related to Art and Civic Engagement.  The preliminary application deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.

At least $270,000 in Project Grant funding will be awarded in amounts of either $4,000 or $8,000 to 501c3 arts organizations for performances, exhibits, arts programming and arts education.  The hard deadline for the project grant program is Monday, March 9.

Up to $25,000 in matching funds are available for Public Art New Work and up to $15,000 for Conservation of Public Art. In 2020, public art applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as long as funds remain, with the first review scheduled for the March 10, 2020 Public Art Subcommittee Meeting. Organizations wishing their  applications considered at that meeting should submit them no later than midnight, Feb. 29, 2020. Thereafter, applications will be considered in the order received.

City of Milwaukee Arts Board seeks proposals responding to the role of the arts and artists in civic engagement

 

The Public Art Subcommittee of the City of Milwaukee Arts Board invites organizations and artists to submit proposals for nonpartisan public art projects that demonstrate the importance of public art either in motivating people to participate in civic activities, or shaping and reflecting democracy. Up to $25,000 will be awarded by the MAB to one or more projects after a two-step application process.

 

This is a separate pool of funding in addition to the MAB’s traditional New Work application cycle, which will open the first week in January 2020.

 

This investment in the arts comes at a crucial time for increasing civic engagement in our community. In an ever polarized nation, this grant provides Milwaukee residents with more opportunities to come together through art and artists. The arts board is pleased to see this artwork shared on a national level as the Democratic National Convention approaches.

 

Various forms of public art will be considered. These can include traditional forms of public art, such as sculpture, as well as more ephemeral forms, such as performance, video projection, or participatory projects. The public art subcommittee will work with successful applicants to locate their projects downtown by July 1, 2020. Projects will remain on view through October 2020. Projects that can transfer to neighborhood locations after the grant period are encouraged.

 

The deadline for preliminary applications is Jan. 31, 2020. They will be reviewed by the public art subcommittee Feb. 11, 2020. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by Feb. 29, 2020. For full details on how to apply, please see the preliminary proposal instructions.

 

 

City of Milwaukee Arts Board announces 2019 Artists of the Year and Friends of the Arts Awards

Artist Rosemary Ollison and veteran actor, educator and theater administrator Ray Jivoff were named 2019 Artists of the Year, the City of Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) announced. Barbara Manger, Pam Frautschi and the late Richard Ippolito were named 2019 Friends of the Arts.

“We are pleased to put a spotlight on these dedicated individuals for both their artistic accomplishments and their service to our community,” said Alderman Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Arts Board Chair.

They will be honored by the Milwaukee Arts Board and the local arts community Monday, June 10, at a 4:30 p.m. reception at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, followed by an awards program and celebration at 5 p.m. Representatives of 36 city-based arts organizations that received MAB project grants will also be recognized. The public is invited. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Friday, June 7.

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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 please contact Sally Witte at 414-286-5794 or artsboard@milwaukee.gov.

 

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
     

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