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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.


Applications for public art funds released

The Milwaukee Arts Board Public Art Subcommittee recently released guidelines and applications for two public art funds:  New Work and Conservation of Public Art.  The deadline for Conservation of Public Art is January 31, 2019. In 2019, applications for public art New Work will be considered on a rolling basis, as long as funds remain, with the first review scheduled for the March 2019 Public Art Subcommittee Meeting. To be considered at that meeting, applications must be submitted no later than midnight, February 28, 2019.   Questions may be directed to


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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


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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