Successful Creative Fusion gala closes Our Creative Future campaign
Raising more than $10 million is no small feat. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) announced it had exceeded its comprehensive campaign goal of $10 million after its annual fundraising gala Creative Fusion: Fashion Forward, where donors generously raised more than $485,000 in scholarship support on May 6, 2023.
Our Creative Future, MIAD’s comprehensive campaign co-chaired by Trustees Madeleine Lubar, Sarah Zimmerman and Bob Mikulay, aims to fuel students’ promising careers, the college’s award-winning programs and Milwaukee’s creative hub. Announced at the 2022 Creative Fusion gala, the results of the campaign will provide the resources to fund everything from scholarships to innovative programs to community outreach.
“As long-time board members of MIAD and committed members of our Milwaukee community, we are certain of two things. Milwaukee is a city of great pride, civic engagement and promise. And, since 1974, MIAD has brought unmatched, nationally recognized value to our local creative economy by launching the professional careers of thousands of designers, entrepreneurs and creatives,” the campaign’s co-chairs wrote.
Integral to the successful completion of the Our Creative Future campaign was the 2023 Creative Fusion: Fashion Forward gala, co-chaired by Nezih & Katrina Hasanoglu and Laura & Adam Peck. The event celebrated MIAD’s new Fashion and Apparel Design major. Thanks to the amazing efforts of the co-chairs, MIAD staff, faculty, students and alumni and all of MIAD’s donors, the event raised more than $485,000 for student scholarships.
In addition to all that Our Creative Future campaign has fueled, from scholarships to new and expanded programs and facilities, MIAD President Jeff Morin expressed, “to look to the future from a position of stability and strength as we create our next five-year strategic plan and work to make Milwaukee and MIAD more equitable and vibrant places to explore and launch careers.”
Current and former First-Year Experience (FYE) students celebrated their video, animation and sound design works at the FYE Media Arts Festival 23 – an in-house film and media screening in MIAD’s Community Hub on November 16.
Brady VanderHart ’24 and Emma Jenkins ’25, Communication Design majors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), were named Students to Watch 2024 by Graphic Design USA magazine (GDUSA).
MIAD alum Brandon Minga ‘04 (llustration), principal artist and founder of the House of Rad (hrad), was excited to host the 20th anniversary of the Feed Your Soul benefit for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin on November 3, 2023. This was the second consecutive time hrad has hosted the event.
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.