Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:51 am
Allen wins green giant award
Will Allen, president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Growing Power, Inc., recently won the grand prize of $25,000 in Green Giant’s Green Awards contest. The prize money will be used to support the Will Allen Scholarship. This scholarship helps members of Growing Power’s Youth Corps pay for college.
“These young people will be the future of the Good Food Revolution,” Allen said. “In addition to the hands-on training they’ve received at Growing Power, they’ll be able to get a formal education and learn the business side of sustainable farming.”
The Green Awards program recognizes the everyday people who are making a giant difference in their communities and making the world a better, more sustainable place.
More than 100 entrants submitted a video and accompanying essay to describe their projects.
In addition to Allen, eight finalists received $2,500.
“This award recognizes the importance of urban agriculture and sustainable food systems in our world,” Allen said. “I accepted the award on behalf of my great staff at Growing Power. But I know that I was representing all of the people who are working to support good food systems.”
Creative economy project earns Eddy award
The volunteer leadership team of Milwaukee’s Creativity Works! project has been selected to receive the seventh annual Wilson Center Arts and Education Award, the “Eddy.”
The award will be presented to Jill Morin, chief executive officer of Kahler Slater; Paul Mathews, president of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts; Mike Jones, vice president of Corporate Affairs at MillerCoors, Betsy Brown, executive vice president and general manager at Cramer-Krasselt; and Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee at a fundraising event at the the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 4.
The “Eddy” award, endowed by Murph and John Burke, is presented annually by the Wilson Center’s Bridge Committee to an arts organization, corporation, or individual whose commitment to regional collaboration has created a higher standard of excellence in arts and education.
This year’s award recognizes Creativity Works!, a joint project of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Committee for inventorying and growing the Milwaukee seven county region’s creative economy.
The award is a work of art chosen at the Wilson Center’s annual Hidden River Art Festival. This year’s award is a fine-art photograph entitled Round Lake Rowboat and was created by Mequon artist, Mark Stall.
“My newest body of work is about our rich Wisconsin nautical heritage,” Stall said. “Round Lake Rowboat is based on composition with a washed green appearance. I removed most of the color to make the viewer concentrate more on the boat’s beauty in our lake environment.”
Past “Eddy” Award honorees included: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center in 2005, Christine Harris in 2006, Mario Constantini and Danceworks, for Mad Hot Ballroom Milwaukee in 2007, Marlene Doerr of Sharp Literacy, Inc. in 2008, Skylight Opera Theatre in 2009, and Greg S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation in 2010.
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