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City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $217,000 to 33 arts organizations

Grantees will be honored 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.

By - May 12th, 2016 12:00 pm

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.

“I’m proud that Milwaukee is home to so many talented arts professionals,” said Ald. Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Arts Board Chair. “We are pleased to help support their efforts to bring the transformational power of the arts to our community.”

This year marks the 26th annual grant awards.  Since 1991, the Milwaukee Arts Board has awarded more than $4.7 million to 126 different organizations.

Grantees will be honored 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.

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. More information is at

2016 Milwaukee Arts Board Project Grant Awards

$7,000 Artists Working in Education Satellite Studio Artist-In-Residence Program
$7,000 Arts @ Large Exploring Native Culture
$3,500 Bel Canto Chorus 6th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
$7,000 Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Camera Obscura
$7,000 Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom And Tap
$7,000 Early Music Now Cuban Connections
$7,000 Ex Fabula Equal Access
$7,000 First Stage “Welcome to Bronzeville”
$7,000 Florentine Opera Opera in the Schools: “The Billy Goats Gruff”
$7,000 Historic Milwaukee Doors Open
$7,000 In Tandem Theatre “Carnival”
$7,000 Milwaukee Art Museum Art Express Inspired by American Epics
$7,000 Milwaukee Ballet Ballet-in-a-Box: Corps of 4
$7,000 Milwaukee Chamber Theatre “Greater Expectations”
$7,000 Milwaukee Children’s Choir Harmony in School
$7,000 Milwaukee Film Cream City Cinema
$7,000 Milwaukee Public Theatre Proyecto Bembe
$7,000 Milwaukee Repertory Theater “Jane Eyre”
$7,000 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Progressions
$3,500 Milwaukee Youth Theatre “Honk! Jr.”
$7,000 Optimist Theatre Shakespeare in the Park: “Julius Caesar”
$7,000 Piano Arts Music Explorers
$7,000 Present Music 2016 Thanksgiving Concert & Outreach
$7,000 Redline Milwaukee Celebrating Wisconsin Artists
$7,000 Renaissance Theaterworks “Luna Gale”
$3,500 Riverwest Artists Association Artwalk Plus!
$7,000 Skylight Music Theatre Corp. KidsWrites
$7,000 String Academy Of Wisconsin Urban Students in Arts Outreach Program
$3,500 Tessa’s Black Entertainment & Youth Center 8th Annual Summer Dance Concert
$7,000 Walker’s Point Center For The Arts Community Through Art
$7,000 Wild Space Inc. “Into the Garden”
$7,000 Wisconsin Conservatory of Music We Six Residencies in Milwaukee Schools
$7,000 Woodland Pattern Guest Curators From The LBGTQ Community

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