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Project offers opportunity to showcase what you love about Milwaukee
The Spirit of Milwaukee recently launched its Reveal Milwaukee project which has earmarked $50,000 to underwrite creative and persuasive ideas to showcase what individuals in the area love about Milwaukee. The Spirit of Milwaukee will fund projects for up to $10,000 each
The organization is seeking memorable and unconventional entries that will help build a positive reputation for the city.
“We are trying to get new ideas on how to raise the visibility of Milwaukee both locally as well as nationally and even internationally,” said Dean Amhaus, chair of The Spirit of Milwaukee. “We’re especially looking for some of those ‘off-the-wall’ ideas that maybe conventional companies wouldn’t necessarily be looking for. We’ve found that messages like these can be very effective if you find some creative individuals, which Milwaukee has plenty of, give them some funds and watch what they can pull together. It typically sparks interest and ends up promoting Milwaukee on a national and global platform.”
Individuals can use any combination of technology, photography, news media, social media, video, music, events, web, or buzz campaigns. Entries can focus on Milwaukee as a whole, or one particular aspect.
“The contest is pretty open-ended,” Amhaus said. “What we are not looking for, is any traditional advertising campaigns. We’re not going to be interested in doing an advertisement in a magazine or a newspaper; that we do not want.”
Amhaus and Spirit of Milwaukee are looking for engagement and collaboration that utilizes technology, young people and even technology to get the message across, he said.
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m., May 27, 2011. To apply for funding, please send a proposal to that includes:

  • Name and contact info
  • Name of project
  • Project summary
  • Implementation plan and timetable
  • Target audience
  • Relevant skills and experience
  • Partners if any
  • Budget including cost of materials, services and time

The narrative portion of proposals should be limited to two pages. Applicants may submit supporting materials, including photos, video, audio or websites.


Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity to dedicate 19 new homes
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity will dedicate new homes to 19 Milwaukee families on Saturday, April 30. The organization will host a house dedication ceremony and a neighborhood walking tour from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gwen T. Jackson Elementary School, 2121 W. Hadley St., Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Habitat is hosting a House Dedication & Neighborhood Walking Tour from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Gwen T. Jackson Elementary School, 2121 W. Hadley St., Milwaukee.
“We’re very excited about bringing everyone together who helped make these 19 new homes a reality for Milwaukee families,” said Brian Sonderman, executive director, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. “We had a great 2010 building season, but we think 2011 will be even better – and the House Dedication & Neighborhood Walking Tour is a great way to start the year off right.”
Construction began last year on these homes built in Milwaukee’s Park West neighborhood. Located in the northwest side of Milwaukee, the Park West neighborhood is bordered by Burleigh Street on the north, Center Street and North Avenue on the south, 20th Street on the east and 27th St on the west. 
The House Dedication & Neighborhood Walking Tour will celebrate the accomplishments of the 19 partner families, but also recognize the donors and volunteers who participated in the construction efforts.  The event will include a program and reception, followed by a walking tour of a select number of new Habitat homes in the neighborhood. 
“Without a doubt Milwaukee Habitat has changed my life,” said Stacy Harris, who along with her 10-year-old son will be receiving a new house. “I am so thankful and honored to have worked with so many great people and forged friendships along the way. I want to show my son that all things are possible if you set goals and work to complete them – and know I can.”
Families participating in the Habitat program take an active role in building their new homes. They build alongside volunteer construction workers as they complete a requirement of 250 to 400 work hours for the program. Each home typically takes between eight and ten months to complete.

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