CREATIVE CORPS

Creative Corps

Creative Corps is a key component of Greater Equity 2030. It is an opportunity to begin to close the diversity gap within our creative industries, while creating a new resource of talent for businesses.

Building the pipeline
It is well accepted that the economic vitality of cities in the U.S. is sustained by the heartbeat of its creative culture. Unfortunately, we also know from our research that people of color are tragically underrepresented in Milwaukee’s creative occupations. Greater Together is working with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Milwaukee Public Schools on this program.

Creative Corps has three dimensions

  1. An agency open house to expose young people to the breadth of your business.
  2. An annual visit to an MPS school from one of your employees or teams to share their passion.
  3. A seven-week paid summer internship facilitated by Greater Together and MPS focused on high school juniors and seniors. Interships will be supported, in part, by the City of Milwaukee.

Intern program goals

  • A rewarding real-world experience
  • Increased comfort in job situations
  • An opportunity to explore career options
  • A better understanding of where they’d like to go and how to get there

These internships will help students explore a broad range of creative and related business occupations and develop new communication abilities and team skills. The program will include a soft-skills orientation and regular mentor check-ins. These internships also provide an opportunity for the businesses to build a more welcoming culture.

And, very importantly, your staff will have the opportunity to share their passion and pride while making a real difference in the future of the intern.

Ultimately, this will open a line of communication between entry-level candidates and businesses.

Businesses will 

  • Assign a liaison to Greater Together
  • Work toward recruitment, hiring and cultural best practices
  • Sponsor an open house for students
  • Visit a classroom
  • Participate in annual strategy dialogue sessions to improve results and solve issues
  • Participate in high school internship program
  • Enable us to monitor and publish results annually
  • Help support research, programming and staffing
Community Partners
Board of Directors

Ken Hanson
President

James Hall
Hall Burce & Olson, s.c.
Attorney

Katherine Wilson
Zeidler Center for Public Discussion
Vice President

Katie Heil
The Heil Family Foundation
Secretary

Jeffery Morin
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Treasurer

Advisory Team

Antoine Carter
Neighborhood Liaison
Imagine MKE

Sara Daleiden
Director
MKE ↔ LAX

Vincent Noth
Executive Director
Riverwest Food Pantry

Brad Pruitt
Executive Consultant
Black Holocaust Museum

Reggie Jackson
Educator & Consultant
Nurturing Diversity Partners

Dr. Marc Levine
Founding Director
Center for Economic Development UWM

Jeff Bentoff
Founder, CEO
Bentoff Communications

Erica Conway
Co-owner
C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

George Tzourgos
Executive Director
Wisconsin Arts Board

Steve Kodis
Designer
Zero Studios

Brett Waterhouse
Sales Manager

Staff

Ken Hanson
Executive Director
Greater Together
2203 N. Terrace Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ken@kennethjohnhanson.com

Katherine Wilson
Associate Director
Katherine@greatertogether.me

Drew Lettner
Designer

Kathryn Reimer
Project Manager
Kathryn@kennethjohnhanson.com

Xavier Ruffin
Social Media Consultant

Natasha Lettner
Communications Director
 

Melika Edquist
Director of Strategic Planning

Bevin Christie
Program Director

Greater Together is a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the creative industries in the Greater Milwaukee area. We embrace collaboration and creativity, and believe in inclusion, so everyone can participate, prosper and reach their full potential within the creative economy.

We are the originators of the Greater Together Challenge, a radically open competition of ideas focused on dismantling segregation in Greater Milwaukee.

Contact: info@greatertogether.me