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Arts in Milwaukee

A Public Service Of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

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Mission & Vision

Fueling Greater Milwaukee's Creatives: Empowering Community

MISSION

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), a nonprofit organization, contributes to a thriving and diverse arts community by responding to the range of arts-­‐related talent in Southeastern Wisconsin. By offering professional tools and resources, we support local talent and encourage innovative production.

Our VISION is to...

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) will be the leading resource to the Southeastern Wisconsin arts community.

MARN will connect artists to each other, to arts groups and to businesses, improving artist visibility and marketability.

MARN will assist artists in building sustainable careers and will advocate for them to enhance our regional culture.

HISTORY

At the beginning, MARN operated as a “grass-roots” non-profit with a volunteer board and, shortly after, a part-time Executive Director. MARN become an essential voice of Milwaukee’s visual arts scene with an on-line listserv that quickly became a core source of information sharing amongst artists. This listserv is still a major resource of the organization today. Professional development workshops were offered in a variety of subjects around the entrepreneurial business concerns of art practice. MARN functioned as a mobile organization that held its programming at a variety of local arts institutions throughout the city.

In 2004, MARNmentors was initiated which continues as one of MARN's cornerstone programs. 2009 brought the addition of a full-time Executive Director as well as the pilot year of MARNsalons and expansion of the organization to include a wider variety of arts disciplines beyond the visual arts. 2010 brought the creation of MARNmic Night and MARNstages and the realization of a 10-year goal for a centralized gallery and workshop space located on Vliet Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood. In 2011, MARN launched Writer's Wednesday and MARNmovies and the staff was increased with two part-time employees in outreach and marketing. 2012 led to the elimination of the Executive Director position and a reduction in programming due to budget constraints. MARN was a key supporter of the Center Street Fire Relief efforts in 2012.

In 2013, MARN moved its headquarters to the Marshall Building in the Third Ward in collaboration with Plaid Tuba. MARN offered its first professional development workshop intensive with the nationally recognized granting organization Creative Capital. Staff has been reduced to a part-time operations director, some programming has been suspended and a strategic planning and organizational development process commenced with support from the Nonprofit Management Fund.

MARN is in a pivotal development process of restructuring internally, surveying its membership and advisors and examining staff positions, programs and priorities for increasing responsiveness to the creative community.