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Tis the season to be jolly…

Creativity Works Here Launches! MPT’s new Grand Venue Artivity Place becomes home to Creative Alliance Milwaukee’s new project.

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Quote of the Month

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. ~William Faulkner

Jingle Bus

The Jingle Bus is back for the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival! (pg 4)

Nov ‘11

Find out what you may have missed last month with our recap of November events, pg.4

Dec ‘11

What’s in store for this holiday season? MPT’s got a holiday lineup to remember! (pg 1 & 2)

Jan ‘12

Want to know what we have planned for the New Year? Sneak peeks on pg 4!

Jingle All The Way… Milwaukee Public Theatre (MPT)

Happy Holiday Helpers

embraces this holiday season with a full

MPT’s elves lead holiday themed

calendar of events catered to anyone and

workshops on Saturdays and Sundays, 12

everyone who loves the arts! In the spirit

p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Venue Artivity

of Christmas, MPT will be hosting a

Place. Participants will be making

weekend workshops that will be open to

handcrafted gifts, cards and even

the public as well as host numerous


performances throughout the month of December. more on


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DEC ISSUE | Dec 13, 2011 Creative Alliance Milwaukee and MPT join creative forces for a brand new business venture: Creativity Works Here. (Clockwise from left: Jeremy Fojut of ART Milwaukee and Laurel Osman of Creative Alliance, new VETransfer space, Grand Avenue Atrium, Tracy Korpela of Grand Avenue)

Creativity Works Here Finds a Home at MPT’s Grand Venue Artivity Place Creative Alliance Milwaukee has partnered up with the Shops of Grand Avenue to develop the Creativity Works Here program based at MPT’s newly acquired space, Grand Venue Artivity Place (located in the Plankinton building of the Shops of Grand Avenue).

then convergent thinking, combining those ideas into the best result. With the increasing importance of creativity, particularly in the corporate sector, Milwaukee Public Theatre (MPT) is expanding its initiatives to businesses throughout Milwaukee.

The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful, and that’s what’s reflected in the tests. There is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking, generating many unique ideas, and

Since it first began in 1974, Milwaukee Public Theatre’s main goal is to bring the arts to everyone. “We want to make the arts accessible to everybody, regardless of age, income, education and cultural background. To make and use the (cont. from front) Holiday Storytheatre

arts in a very healing, positive, life affirming way…any kind of issue can be addressed through the arts,” said Kathleen Stacy, Milwaukee Public Theatre’s producer and director. The move to The Shops of Grand Avenue has opened a new window of opportunity for MPT’s initiatives. The new space, called Grand Venue Artivity Place, is the perfect location to develop the Creativity Works Here program, a program designed to foster growth and development (cont. pg3)

Holiday Circus Workshop Ever wondered what it would be like to be in the circus? Wonder no more!

Children ages 6 and up get to dress

MPT is offering a circus workshop

up in costumes and perform as

this holiday season on Dec 27-30.

characters in an imaginative play.

These workshops allow you the

These sessions will go on during the

chance to learn fun circus skills like

workshops with Grandma Glitter!

juggling and tumbling!


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(cont. from pg 2) in Milwaukee’s creative industry, as well as spur retail growth in The Shops of Grand Avenue. “We’re looking at this as not only our creative services applied in a business way but as an entrepreneurial opportunity for us to increase earned revenue and be more self supporting,” said Stacy.


“The arts are what make us human, the arts help us communicate our desires, our needs, our thoughts and ideas in ways that are wholesome and healthy, so we feel that it’s absolutely critical for an individual as part of their education,” said Stacy. Stacy reassures the public that MPT will continue with its outreach to the entire public rather than focus on its corporate outreach. With an array of programs and workshops lined up for the holiday season, MPT is off on a great start to opening its new space with a bang!

Along with the Creativity Works Here program, MPT introduces ARTCORPS CREATIVE: a series of artsbased learning programs, services and events for employers to address critical creativity skills deficits in the workplace. Programs work directly with management Visit for more information. and/or human resources staff to develop and present customized creativity training to achieve company-directed goals. Fees for the programs are determined by the range, scope and duration of the services required. MPT’s efforts to further expand its outreach to the corporate world is supported by findings featured in a 2010 Newsweek story about “The Creativity Crisis” that indicated an IBM poll of 1,500 CEO’s nationwide identified creativity as the leadership competency of the future, while scientists at major universities found American creativity declining.


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See the Lights Aboard the G4S Jingle Bus! From November 17 – December 30, 2011, hop onboard the Jingle Bus to tour the city of Milwaukee in all its festive glory! For just $1 per person, this 40minute narrated tour acquaints riders with key downtown landmarks and all the festive scenes. Visitors will board the Jingle Bus at the Festival’s Warming House, Plankinton Arcade in the Shops of Grand Avenue. Tours operate Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The last bus leaves at 8.20 p.m. and tickets are distributed on a first come first serve basis! Hot cocoa and cookies will be served at the Festival’s Warming House, compliments of Culvers and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Kids will also receive a holiday coloring book. Milwaukee Public Theatre’s Happy Holiday Elves will also delight and entertain awaiting riders with some holiday activities. Riders who donate two nonperishable food items for Hunger Task Force will receive a free gift from Stone Creek Coffee!

What you missed in November ‘11 MINO AYAA – BEING WELL An innovative intergenerational project to encourage healthy lifestyles among Indian families. The Mino Ayaa Cookbook is available at the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center. Contact Jennifer Casey, 414-383-9526. An ebook version is available for free download at


For additional info on the G4S Jingle Bus, contact Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 at (414) 220-4700. *Please note that the Jingle Bus will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 2012: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR Jan - Feb, 2012: Pieces--In My Own Words Presented for high school students with NAMI

Performed for agency youth audiences at the following Boys and Girls Clubs: Daniels-Mardak, Fitzsimonds, North Division, Audubon and Lincoln Avenue; and at Children's Outing Association Goldin Center

February 17-21, 2012: Mardi Gras Grand Venue



Tis the season to be jolly… Quote of the Month DEC ISSUE | Dec 13, 2011 Happy Holiday Helpers MPT’s elves lead holiday themed workshops on S...