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Applications for 2018 Milwaukee Arts Board Grant Awards Released

2018 Guidelines and Applications for all three MAB arts funding programs are now open.

Nonprofit arts organizations offering arts programs, arts education, exhibits or performances that are open and accessible to the people of Milwaukee are encouraged to apply for Project Grants.  Eligible organizations must have an administrative office located in the City of Milwaukee. The Project Grant Application deadline is March 5, 2018. First-time applicants and those that did not receive a grant in the last three years, are strongly encouraged to attend a Milwaukee Arts Board Grant Writing Workshop.  Workshops will be offered on two dates and locations:  Wednesday, February 7, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Board Room at 809 N. Broadway; or Friday, February 9, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Funding requests for Conservation of Public Art and Public Art New Work will be accepted starting Jan. 2, 2018. The deadline for Conservation applications is January 31, 2018. For Public Art New Work the deadline is February 28, 2018.


City of Milwaukee Arts Board announces 2017 Artists of the Year and Friends of the Arts Awards

Theater duo Chris and Jane Flieller and playwright/director Sheri Williams Pannell have been named 2017 Artists of the Year, the City of Milwaukee Arts Board announced recently. Sande Robinson, Jan Serr and John Shannon were named 2017 Friends of the Arts.

“We are grateful to these individuals both for their unique achievements and for their stellar service through the arts to our entire community,” said Alderman Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Arts Board Chair.

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City of Milwaukee Arts Board awards $238,000 to 35 arts organizations

Summer arts programs for youth, free performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of cross-neighborhood dinners in connection with the classic American play Our Town are among 35 projects awarded funding recently by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.

At its May 9, 2017 meeting the MAB considered the recommendations of an eight-member citizen review panel and voted to award $238,000 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 35 selected projects this year is more than $3.48 million.  There were a total of 41 eligible requests from Milwaukee nonprofit arts organizations to fund art, music, dance, arts education and other projects. 

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Project Grants

The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) Grant Program serves to bring accessibility and enjoyment of the arts to the citizens of our culturally diverse city. We do this by essentially "purchasing" arts programming and arts education from  Milwaukee's eligible arts organizations.  By so doing, we provide a measure of financial support to our vibrant and exciting arts community. The MAB promotes the formation and growth of artistic projects or programs that are administered by and responsive to the needs of Milwaukee's racial and ethnic minority communities. Grant guidelines and applications are released annually in January.



Public Art Conservation Fund

The Milwaukee Arts Board Public Art Conservation Fund preserves that part of the city's cultural and civic heritage embodied in its public art. Funds are made available every six months, releasing applications in January and July. Works of art must be located in the City of Milwaukee and must be fully accessible to the public. Priority will be given to art works of particular historical, cultural or aesthetic importance. Priority will also be given to projects with a well-formulated fundraising plan and evidence of fundraising sucess.


Public Art New Work Fund

The City of Milwaukee Public Art Subcommittee seeks strategic partnerships with organizations, neighborhoods and artists to commission public art in the City of Milwaukee. Although the Arts Board's public art resources are limited, the subcommittee can use its technical expertise to assist in the preparation of RFQ's and selection processes, and can work with partners to select artists and leverage resources.


Artists of the Year and Friends of Art

A memorial bequest in honor of local artist and MAB member Jim Chism launched the first Artist of the Year Award in 1995.  Additional funding comes from donations.  Artists are nominated for the award by members of the Arts Board.

In 2012 the MAB created a new award, "Friends of the Arts," to recognize those who, often behind the scenes, have demonstrated exemplary support to the arts community.


About Us

The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) was created to enhance the development, cultural diversity, accessibility and enjoyment of the arts for Milwaukee's citizens. All regular meetings of the Milwaukee Arts Board are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. and are held in Room 301-A or 303 of City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Dates and location are subject to change.

The Arts Board provides a range of support to arts and community organizations that produce innovative projects or programs. Additionally, the MAB is committed to supporting public art projects that provide a sense of place, celebrating our community in city neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. For specific information about the MAB please contact Sally Witte at 414-286-5794 or


Milwaukee Public Library - East Branch

The Milwaukee Arts Board partially funded works by two local artists at the new East Library Branch, which officially opened on November 22, 2014. Read more about the project on the library website.

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