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Behind the Headlines: The Cost of Culture: Funding Cultural Institutions & Nonprofits

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lake Express High-Speed Ferry Terminal
2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee WI, 53207


Here is a link to a story on the event from the Milwaukee Business Journal:
‘Cultural needs’ referendum could be held across Milwaukee area in spring 2016 at earliest

Does our community have a good system to ensure treasured public and private cultural institutions and non-profits remain funded?  The Milwaukee Press Club looks in depth at this topic at its next Behind the Headlines event.

There has been much discussion in recent months about the best way to fund the millions of dollars of need of treasured, Milwaukee-area cultural institutions and non-profit groups. This issue has become more prevalent as the community debates how to pay for a new basketball arena in downtown Milwaukee. This discussion will examine the current needs of the area’s cultural institutions and non-profit groups and some of the possible ways to provide the necessary funding.

What:  Four distinguished industry leaders will face a panel of journalists to talk about how to fund Milwaukee-area cultural institutions and non-profits

When:  Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, lunch included (details below).

Where:  The Lake Express High-Speed Ferry Terminal, 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee.  Free parking is available at the terminal.

The event is open to the public.

The industry leaders include:

• Susan Lloyd, executive director of the Zilber Foundation.  She had a successful career in Chicago focused on social policy, community development and building strategies to improve poverty-stricken neighborhoods before coming to Milwaukee in 2008 to lead the Zilber Foundation. The foundation’s current priority is the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, a $50 million grants program to invest in community nonprofits improving the quality of life in city neighborhoods.

• Paul Mathews is president of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He has run the Marcus Center since 1998. Previously, he was a Milwaukee County supervisor for 12 years. Matthews is working on plans for a $30 million parking structure of the Marcus Center.

• Deanna Tillisch is president and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund. She joined UPAF in November 2011.  UPAF is the largest united arts funds in the country for the performing arts and has provided almost $265 million in operating support to the performing arts since 1967.  UPAF currently provides general operating dollars to over 30 performing arts organizations.  Prior to assuming her current role, Tillisch served as vice president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and director of Corporate Affairs, where she oversaw the charitable arm of the company, community relations and events management.

• Jay Williams is chairman of the Milwaukee Public Museum board of directors and also chairman of the Cultural & Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force. Williams had been president of the Milwaukee Public Museum following a 37-year career in banking. He has started a bank, been chief operating officer of a public company, and executive vice president of a major U.S. bank.

The Journalists (listed alphabetically):

• Susan Kim, Today’s TMJ4
Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business Journal
• Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The speakers will answer questions from the media panel.  Audience questions will follow.

Presenting Sponsors:
Herzfeld Foundation
The Marcus Corporation Foundation, Inc.

Supporting Sponsor:
Foley & Lardner LLP

Hosted by:
Lake Express has generously donated space for this event.

Cost and Registration:
The cost to attend is $20 for MPC members, $25 for nonmembers.  Lunch is included. Seating will be limited.  Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done by booking below.  Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI  53153-0176.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at with any questions; or to pay by credit card, email or call 262-894-2224.


Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

  • Herzfeld Foundation

  • The Marcus Corporation

Supporting Sponsor

  • Foley & Lardner


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