Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic & Musical Programming Advisory Council

 
INTRODUCTION
Arts and culture organizations contribute significantly to the quality of life and economic development in Milwaukee County. The arts create jobs and generate revenue for local government. Budgets of County-funded arts organizations exceed $46.5 million, with more than 1 million people attending programs and productions each year. The economic impact of Milwaukee's arts organizations is identified as more than $122 million. Through performances, outreach and educational activities, artists and arts organizations serve all segments of the population, including disadvantaged, disabled and elderly individuals, and many children. The importance of this program to the economic and cultural well-being of our community cannot be overemphasized.

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has annually appropriated property tax funds to support and encourage cultural and artistic activities in this community. The Board's longstanding financial commitment to the arts is based on the belief that such activities have an important impact on the economic well being and quality of life of the community.

It is the desire of the County Board, on an annual basis, to examine the activities and programs supported by these funds to ensure that its cultural dollars provide the best mix possible, maintaining those traditional activities long identified in the community, while remaining flexible o provide support and encouragement for smaller groups, local individual artists and new and innovative programs. Funding by Milwaukee County carries no commitment for future support beyond the term of the project.

To assist in its oversight of this important area of County funding, the County Board has established the Milwaukee County Cultural, Artistic and Musical Programming Advisory Council (CAMPAC), as an advisory council to the Chairman of the County Board, the Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment and the full County Board. The primary purpose of the Council is to advise the Board on how best to allocate budgeted County funds for the arts through grants and contracts for services for the provision of cultural programs that best serve and enhance the quality of life in the community.

IMPACT OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY'S INVESTMENT IN THE ARTS
Milwaukee County's modest funding of CAMPAC is an investment that leads to growth for Milwaukee County in several ways. This growth assists the County in addressing other issues related to a healthy tax base, attracting and retaining businesses that support jobs, supporting a high quality of life that fosters economic and community investment, and addressing social and educational issues of the population of Milwaukee County.

The CAMPAC program is unique in that it provides funds to organizations for operations. This allows the groups to spend their time on the quality of productions and enhancing outreach to underserved audiences. As an economic generator, the arts industry provides a double impact for investors such as the County. Unlike other industries, arts organizations stimulate the economy through their own direct spending as well as through the spending of the audiences they attract at shops, restaurants, hotels, parking and other amenities.