Call for Ideas:  Art$upport Fund to support small Milwaukee-area arts  

For immediate release

Contact:  Anne Katz, 608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.org

October 2, 2017

 

 

Call for Ideas:  Art$upport Fund to
support small Milwaukee-area arts  

The Art$upport Fund, an initiative of Arts Wisconsin, is seeking ideas to strengthen financial resources for small arts organizations and emerging arts initiatives in the Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties).  Click here for guidelines and deadlines.

 

The Art$upport Fund is a legacy of Patricia Wyzbinski of Management Cornerstones and the Nonprofit Management Fund (NMF) and her enduring commitment to small arts organizations and emerging arts initiatives in the greater Milwaukee area.   In 2012, she authored a carefully researched NMF report, The Importance of Being Small, which defined challenges and offered an array of resource-building and stabilizing recommendations.  In a subsequent initiative in 2013, local arts groups created pop-up performances throughout the community to test an idea for arts fundraising (Art$upport Milwaukee).

 

Building on the principles and strategies defined in the NMF report and the pilot project, the Art$upport Fund will strengthen financial resources for small arts organizations and emerging arts initiatives in the Milwaukee area.  The Art$upport Fund pursues this mission to strengthen the ways in which the arts stimulate the imagination, enrich the economy, educate our children, bring people together, encourage new talent and define community.

 

The Art$upport Fund will provide award(s) of up to $10,000 through a two-phase review process. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.  The Fund and its advisors will also work as a partner with Arts Wisconsin to secure technical assistance for winning idea(s) and initiatives.  The winning idea(s) are eligible for 2-3 years of financial support.

 

Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, and groups affiliated with a fiscal receiver, with operating budgets of $500,000 or less, are eligible to submit ideas and receive funding.

 

Deadlines:

Phase 1 ideas due Friday, October 27
Announce Phase 1 Friday, November 10
Phase 2 proposals due Friday, December 8
Public announcement of awardee(s) Early January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

The Art$upport Fund is supported by generous donations from Patricia Wyzbinski’s family,  memorial contributions from Pat’s friends and colleagues, and assistance and oversight by Arts Wisconsin.  100% of all contributions to the Fund will be used to support the goals of the Fund.  Contributions from Pat’s family will support administration and management of the Fund.

 

Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, administers the Fund guided by an advisory committee of Milwaukee-area arts, community, philanthropic and business leaders.

 

An information session will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017, 4-5:30 pm, at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee.  All are welcome.

 

Click here for guidelines and deadlines.  For more information on submitting an Art$upport Fund idea, contact Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.org.

 

 

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