Press Release announces Clare da Silva as Program Director

da Silva leads gener8tor’s 12-week accelerator program for visual artists

By - Aug 6th, 2018 10:08 am
Clare da Silva. Photo courtesy of gener8tor.

Clare da Silva. Photo courtesy of gener8tor.

MILWAUKEE – gener8tor has selected Clare da Silva to serve as Program Director of a new fine arts initiative,

da Silva will lead the program, an accelerator program aiming to educate and fund Milwaukee visual artists, further establish Milwaukee’s reputation as an emerging artistic city and contribute to creative placemaking through strategic community partnerships.

da Silva’s past experience in the arts includes leadership positions in the Development offices at Dallas Contemporary and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She previously served as Associate Director of Business Development at gener8tor, co-managing the company’s corporate partnerships and the OnRamp Conference series.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build a new product to help foster members of Milwaukee’s incredible fine art community,” da Silva said. “We believe our application of the accelerator model is totally unique in this space and has the potential to be a game-changer for Milwaukee artists.”

“In addition to having experience in the arts sector both locally and nationally, Clare will be able to leverage her institutional knowledge and vast network as an existing gener8tor team member to build a dynamic art program,” said gener8tor Co-Founder Joe Kirgues. will run one 12-week accelerator session this year comprised of a cohort of four artists. Three positions will be reserved exclusively for Milwaukee artists. The accelerator application is currently open on the website until August 31st. is made possible through support from the Brico Fund, the Milwaukee Institute, ImagineMKE, and Mary Jo and Don Layden, Jr. The program is seeking additional donors and corporate partners.

gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists and musicians.

gener8tor is a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project:

Brico Fund uses dynamic approaches to build the collective capacity of people and organizations to actively and sustainably improve the civic, cultural and natural environments. Learn more about Brico Fund at

Milwaukee Institute is a 501(c)(3) that supports the expansion of the technological and entrepreneurial infrastructure in our region. Learn more about Milwaukee Institute at

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