Placemaking Committee

Creative Placemaking Committee

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Ellen Gilligan
Creative Placemaking Committee Co-Chair
President & CEO, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Angela Damiani
Creative Placemaking Committee Co-Chair
CEO & Co-founder, NEWaukee

J Allen Stokes
Creative Placemaking Committee Co-Chair
Coordinator, HGNI

Mikal Floyd-Pruitt’s “Splash”
Photo by Willie Fields

The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) formed the Creative Placemaking Committee in fall 2014 to foster local support for creative placemaking and contribute to an emerging national dialogue in the field.

Creative placemaking is driven by The National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with national and local foundations looking for effective ways to create economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy within communities.

In alignment with these efforts, the GMC and its partners are:

  • Developing The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking
  • Convening a cultural leadership network
  • Facilitating creative placemaking projects in neighborhoods across the city.

This new initiative stems from a long history of the GMC’s investment in Milwaukee as a vibrant place to live, learn, work, and play.

The GMC is nationally recognized as a Midwestern leader in creative placemaking. Two leading national foundations for creative placemaking, ArtPlace America and The Kresge Foundation, are focused on Milwaukee through the GMC’s current projects. These foundations have provided the GMC with three grants totaling $1.6 million. This national investment was complemented by local and federal funding currently estimated at $2 million.

Via Artplace America, the GMC contributed an essay to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development Journal issue focusing on creative placemaking. Additionally, the GMC is exploring the connection between independent workers and creative placemaking initiatives, partly through funding from the Knight Foundation.

NEWaukee Night Market
Photo from NEWaukee

Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group Inc., co-chair the GMC’s Creative Placemaking Committee. Consultant Sara Daleiden of MKE<->LAX facilitates this committee in collaboration with GMC leadership. The committee reflects different sectors within the GMC membership as well as external community partners connected to creative placemaking.

For 2015-2016, the Creative Placemaking Committee’s commitment includes facilitating a curated network of cultural leaders and three creative placemaking projects. The committee will also further define and distribute The Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking.

The GMC will commit financial resources to support the infrastructure and consultant fees, manage the national grant funding, and raise local funds. The GMC will initiate strategic actioning sessions with local stakeholders to stimulate linkages across sectors and generate a collaborative vision for a project area. The GMC will collaborate on production of programs and initiatives related to the committee’s commitment.

Core funders for our creative placemaking work include:

  • ArtPlace America
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Fund for Lake Michigan
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Marvin W. Haesle Fund for the Arts
  • Kresge Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust
  • Milwaukee Arts Board








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