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Giving Circles

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design offers three giving circles to provide special recognition to you – our generous donors.

Sustainers Circle (Recurring automatic giving)

ebert emily“From my earliest moments at MIAD, scholarships shaped my future. As a high school student, I received a scholarship to MIAD’s Pre-College program. I’ve won awards for my design work, had three internships and began my job as Associate Art Director at BVK”.

– Emily Ebert ’15 (Communication Design)

MIAD’s Sustainers Circle acknowledges the generosity of donors who automatically support the college on a continuous basis. By establishing a recurring monthly gift, your donation has a great impact on MIAD. Recurring gifts can be counted on for long-term planning. Plus, it’s one less thing you have to remember each year and you can select the terms of your gift!

Sustainers Circle contribution: Recurring automatic monthly gift of any amount

Sustainers Circle benefits:

  • Make a big impact with small gifts over time to maximize your support for MIAD
  • Easy and flexible option for you to support MIAD, which allows you to budget and schedule preferences. You can change your gift at any time by contacting MIAD’s Development Office.
  • It’s convenient and sustainable, plus once you sign up for a recurring gift you will not receive another Annual Fund solicitation. A summary of your tax-deductible gifts will be mailed to you each January for the previous year.
  • Special recognition in MIAD’s annual report.

Join the Sustainers Circle gift today with a recurring gift.

President’s Circle ($1,000 +)

prez circle seal webMIAD’s President’s Circle was founded to support the college’s scholarship and special programs while providing members with unique opportunities to engage with the MIAD community and fellow believers in MIAD’s mission to ignite curious minds through art, design and service.

President’s Circle contribution: $1,000

President’s Circle benefits:

  • Admission for four to the Preview Night’s VIP Reception of the annual MIAD Holiday Sale.
  • Special Recognition at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, where you may meet the students supported by your generosity.
  • A private tour of the Senior Exhibition (or other gallery exhibition) with President Jeff Morin. Contact Rachel Foster at to schedule.
  • An invitation to the annual President’s Circle Reception.
  • Inclusion in special communications from the President.
  • 20% discount on Continuing Education classes. Contact Kathleen Muhlhern at to arrange.

Become a President’s Circle member today!

Innovation Circle ($10,000+)

Innovation Circle members help our college President capture special opportunities to further our vision to be a galvanized educational and creative community, addressing universal needs through our thought, design and expression.

Innovation Circle contribution: $10,000

Innovation Circle benefits include all of the above plus:

  • A MIAD Scholarship(s) in the name of your choosing.
  • Admission for six to the Preview Night’s VIP Reception of the annual MIAD Holiday Sale.
  • An invitation to attend the annual President’s Circle breakfast.
  • Opportunities to visit the studios or businesses of well-known local artists and designers who are MIAD alumni or faculty.

Become an Innovation Circle member today!

Contact Tracy Milkowski, Vice President of Development and Communications, at 414‑847‑3239 or for more information.

MIAD is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Gifts may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you have any questions about contributing to MIAD, please contact Anne Kirschmann at 414‑847‑3238, or


MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.

Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.

“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.

Milwaukee sculpture business tapped for NBA trophy

Milwaukee is fast becoming a national hotspot for basketball. Not only is the city home to NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks, it recently played a pivotal role in creating the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy, awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the year. Milwaukee’s Vanguard Sculpture Services, the “best fine art foundry on planet Earth,” according to their website, poured and cast the final trophy.

Design Internship approved for NEA grant

Milwaukee high schoolers are getting a head start on their creative careers through the Design Internship at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The free, year-long program was recently approved for a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand the program for 2023-2024.