Second Quarter 2020

Responsive Grantmaking

371 Productions: $35,000 to launch 371 Pipe Dream, a career development program designed to help close the equity gap in the national and local film industry by nurturing and advancing the careers of emerging Milwaukee-based women filmmakers and filmmakers of color.

Above the Clouds: $5,000 for Arts Really Teach, a program that provides free arts education through dance and movement to children ages 5 to 17, including beginning ballet, drama hip hop, martial arts, and modern dance.

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation: $15,000 for its youth program, which offers art-centered opportunities that empower students to be civically engaged, provides a safe space for self-discovery and discussion, and offers culturally diverse experiences.

Americans for the Arts: $15,000 for a yearlong professional and leadership development program designed specifically to meet the needs of emerging and mid-career arts administrators of color in Milwaukee and other communities in the Great Lakes region.

Artists Working in Education: $25,000 for the Social Justice Stroll, an interactive public art engagement project that highlights the rich history of African American leadership, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. The project will target the Bronzeville Arts & Cultural District in Milwaukee and will work with both the Bronzeville Collective as well as 5Points Art Gallery and Studios. The project will also

Arts@Large: $100,000 to support the agency’s renovation of its historic Walker’s Point community center.

Bradley Family Foundation: $25,000 for Call & Response 2020, a program that builds community through residencies, exhibitions, performances, educational and public programs, family free days and collaborations and site visits with new artists.

Bradley Family Foundation: $130,000 for the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists Program.

Casa Romero Renewal Center: $12,950 for “Journeys: Exploring Identity & Voice Through Visual Art.” The agency will partner with schools including Escuela Verde, Cristo Rey, Carmen Middle School, Notre Dame, Greenfield Bilingual on arts programming.

CORE/El Centro: $15,000 to help increase the amount of locally grown food available to residents by creating a fresh food hub by supplementing CSA boxes.

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: $150,000 to acquire two multi-family housing units to provide supportive housing for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to community living.

Friends of Lakeshore State Park: $10,000 to provide major repairs to the ADA compliant fishing pier at Lakeshore Park.

Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps: $7,637 to work with youth to build three interior planters for microgreens, raised garden beds and a chicken coup. All food grown will go to youth and their families first, with the excess amount sold at a farmer’s market at the garden site.

Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation: $10,000 to engage stakeholders, artists and youth in the planning process and creation of at least three murals in the Havenwoods neighborhood.

Historic Milwaukee: $10,000 for Doors Open 2020.

Hunger Task Force: $25,000 for the Hunger Task Force Farm.

Latino Arts: $15,000 for Edu-C-Arte, an arts education program that will provide opportunities for artistic development by offering educational programs that preserve the rich heritage of Milwaukee’s Latino community.

Marquette University: $20,000 for “Sea and Self,” an exhibition and programming series in fall 2020 that celebrates and explores the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.

Mequon Nature Preserve: $25,000 to develop a restoration agriculture project, in collaboration with Fondy Food Center, that restores the native ecosystem.

Milwaukee Jewish Federation: $15,000 to present two exhibitions – one is a specially customized version of “Luba Lukova: Designing Justice,” which features 33 bold poster works of Bulgarian-born and New York-based artist Luba Lukova. The second is “Shakespeare’s in the Alley,” an exhibit that features a “virtual forest” of Bob Dylan lyrics stenciled on eight 27-foot long pieces of fabric that will hang from the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee’s atrium ceiling.

Museum of Wisconsin Art: $20,000 for “Between Here and There,” an exhibition of the work of eight Wisconsin artists whose work explores their personal pasts and the reciprocal influence between one’s creative production and the idea of place-inclusive of where they live, where they’re from and where they feel connected. The artists are Nirmal Raja, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Jason Yi, Rina Yoon, Faisal Abdu’allah, Xiaohong Zhang, Gabrielle Tesfaye and David Kasir.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $15,000 for a special visual and performing arts education initiative to commemorate its 75th anniversary. The initiative will consist of a series of arts residencies provided by six artists who will take children on a journey through time as they engage in age-appropriate explorations of visual art, music and dance styles from 1945 to the present.

New Beginnings Are Possible: $25,000 for a program with Thurston Woods and Berryland community residents that will create an active community place at the Agape Center. The project ultimately will lead to eight peace posts, six benches and tables, a garden space with mosaic art displays and a mural.

Park People of Milwaukee County: $25,000 to activate Moody Park through partnerships with the Amani Neighborhood’s new youth council, COA, Amani United, Imagine MKE, Safe and Sound and Children’s Hospital. The project will engage young people and the community in designing and painting the basketball court in honor of Quanita “Tay” Jackson, who was killed by gun violence last year. The project will also include arts and culture programming identified and selected by the community.

Reflo: $50,000 to help redevelop school yards at North Division High School and La Escuela Fratney.

River Revitalization Foundation: $25,000 to construct a trail that will connect the MATC trail easement downstream to Lincoln Park and the Milwaukee River Parkway.

Running Rebels: $25,000 for an expansion of UNITY Arts, a key element of the agency’s out-of-school program that connects youth ages 12 to 19 to a variety of arts programs, partnership programming and performance opportunities. It will work with other local youth-serving arts organizations such as The Rep, Artists Working in Education, TRUE Skool and UWM’s Visionaries Project.

Stampede Productions: $5,000 for “Finding Loren: A Warrior’s Tale,” a film that follows P-47 pilot Lt. Hintz from his childhood in Iowa to his fateful 1945 mission in northern Italy a few days before the war ended.

Urban Ecology Center: $25,000 for urban land restoration.

Victory Garden Initiative: $25,000 to support its pay-what-you-can farm stand and community U-Pick Food Forest to help increase the amount of affordable fresh food in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.

Wisconsin Policy Forum: $150,000 to ensure continued research capacity in evaluating education policies, fiscal issues and research of the education systems.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council: $10,000 to expand housing options for families with rent assistance and case management support.

Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order: $25,000 to support a winter warming room for adults at St. Ben’s.

Dominican Center for Women: $2,500 to support its 25th anniversary annual fundraiser.

Cream City Foundation: $1,000 to support the agency’s Healthy Families Healthy Communities Conference.

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation: $25,000 to support its efforts to increase participation in elections and close the race and age voting gaps by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy and strategic partnerships.

Urban Ecology Center: $25,000 to support the agency’s operations as the organization responds to the public health crisis.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $20,693 for a study of genetic risk factors to improve clinical care as it relates to retinopathy of prematurity.

Danceworks: $10,000 to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its operations.

Feast of Crispian: $20,000 to mitigate the negative impact of the health crisis on the agency’s operations.

Ko-Thi Dance Company: $40,000 to help with operational funding during the COVID-19 crisis.

Malaika Early Learning Center: $25,000 to fund general operating expenses to support early childhood education.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: $5,000 to address acute financial challenges related to the public health crisis.

Next Door Foundation: $50,000 to support general operating expenses for early childhood education. 

Optimist Theatre: $25,000 to assist with planning and execution of performance programming that is being adversely affected by the public health crisis.

Renaissance Theaterworks: $25,000 for operational expenses, as the agency was forced to cancel its third and last production of the seasons, creating financial hardship.

Ruach: $20,000 to assist with the organization’s operations and the planning and execution of programming that are being adversely affected by the public health crisis.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center: $25,000 for general operating expenses to support early childhood education.

Skylight Music Theatre Corp: $25,000 to help with theatre operations.

TRUE Skool: $40,000 for operating support

Woodland Pattern: $25,000 for operating support.

Arts@Large: $50,000 to support arts education as the organization responds to the public health crisis.

ABCD: $30,000 for services to educate, provide emotional support and promote healing and recovery for individuals with breast cancer.

Kaukana & King: 50 Years later: $25,000 for production of a documentary by journalist Joanne Williams that tells the story of an exchange of black and white high school students in Wisconsin during the Civil Rights era. There will be a series of public forums where community members can view the film and engage in discussions to foster racial understanding and reconciliation.

Greater Together: $25,000 for the Greater Equity 2030 internship program.

CommonBond Communities: $12,500 for supportive services to help meet the basic needs of low-income older adults, primarily women.

This is Milwaukee: $25,000 for a project by artist Kevin J. Miyazaki and journalist Mary Louise Schumacher that combined portraits and audio interviews of 100 people as it relates to the question “What is democracy for you?” The project will include a printed publication, a public exhibition at City Hall, along with at least three related public events, and a public art installation of an LED video cube that will serve as a hub for public conversation.

Radio Milwaukee: $25,000 for operating support.

Wisconsin Veterans Network: $20,000 to support intake, assessment and advocacy for older adult veterans.

Ex Fabula: $15,000 to support programmatic capacity.

United Performing Arts Fund: $25,000 for UNITE with UPAF Relief Collaborative, a communitywide effort to offset the impact of COVID-19 on UPAF’s 14 member groups and local artists.

Connected People

COA Youth and Family Centers: $25,000 to support general operating expenses of its early childhood education program.

Thriving Communities

La Casa de Esperanza: $75,000 for its financial literacy program.

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