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.