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The Creative Trust has GROWN and migrated to a new site.

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Learn more about our programs including:

  • Arts Partner Fellowships
  • TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
  • Let’s Talk Art
  • Creative Trust Research Fellows
  • Flourish Festival
  • Arts At Home/Islands of Milwaukee


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Let’s Talk: Milwaukee Music in the 60s

The latest in the Let’s Talk creative discussion series is a conversation inspired by the creation of the original play Meet Me at the Avant Garde, runny April 26th through May 5th at Kenilworth Studio 508, 1925 Kenilworth, Milwaukee.

UWM alum Flannery Steffens is writing the new play devised from historical research about Milwaukee’s Avant Garde Coffee House, a hotbed of blues innovation in the 1960s.
Creative Trust Research Fellow Sammy Goodrich is coordinating the discussions which  include a guitarist from UWM’s nationally renowned finger-style guitar program and the playwright herself.

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pARTner Program

Creative Trust Research Fellow Nolen Borne, an MFA acting student at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, is coordinating the pilot run of the pARTner Program.

This program is designed to bring younger and older artists together to consider the challenges and rewards of a life in the arts and a project that would be mutually beneficial to each artist.

Nolen will work with an artist at Milwaukee’s Chai Point.  UWM Arts  Education student Jenny Johanssen is also piloting the program with artists from St. Johns on the Lake.  Their progress and thoughts on the pilot will be shared as part of the Flourish Fest, May 5-17, 2013.

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Flourish Fest Logo Has Arrived!

With thanks to Justin Kunesh at the UWM Peck School of the Arts and all those in the Creative Trust who provided their feedback to shape the logo!  Next steps are to write the press release and create the calendar of events.  Stay tuned….flourish_festival_logo_final


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Creative Trust Research Fellows Named

Three UWM undergraduate students, Eloiss Hulsbrink, Nolen Borne, and Samantha Goodrich, have been selected as Creative Trust Research Fellows.  The fellowship offers a $1,000 work stipend in support of their work with the Creative Trust.  Nolen Borne will coordinate the pilot of the intergenerational mentorship program; Samantha will coordinate the Let’s Talk series; and Eloiss will assist with the Arts At Home research initiative.  This is the first time these fellowships have been offered – and we look forward to many more! 

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Flourish Fest: Celebrating Creativity As We Age

It’s happening!  This spring, May 5-17, look for a listing of cultural events that share a common passion for growing and learning through the arts at any age.  At the winter meeting of the Creative Trust, the gang created a name and a plan for the first Fest.  First step?  An intergenerationally designed logo!

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Let’s Talk: The Wild Party

The second in the Let’s Talk series will focus on Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party.

To arrange a creative discussion on the Wild Party, email Samantha Goodrich.

FEB 8 – 10
7:30 pm Friday – Saturday
2 pm Sunday
Helen Bader Concert Hall
Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI
$17 adult / $12 seniors, UWM faculty, staff and alumni / $10 PSOA faculty and staff and other University students / $9 UWM students / $5 Ages 13-18, PSOA students / Free to under 12 and Musical Theatre majors

NOTE:  For Creative Trust members, you can contact Christine Barclay to arrange special $10 tickets.

Adapted from a book-length poem (book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa) TheWild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown in the Roaring Twenties. Directed by special guest director Paula Suozzi, choreography by Darci Brown Wutz and musical direction by Kerry Hart.

Students in the musical theater program will visit Creative Trust discussion groups in the two weeks before the production to share in conversations about the musical and their experiences in making it.

There are LOADS of fun, preliminary (and discreet!) discussions that can happen surrounding this play, including listening to the soundtrack (available at the public library); reading the epic poem aloud (upon which the musical is based); reading/looking at the graphic novel version of the poem by Art Spiegelman.

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