Thank You For Contributing to our 2017
Annual Appeal



Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums
2017 Annual Appeal

November 15, 2017

Dear Community:

Thank you for your support of the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums. Your support is more important now than it has ever been. In a world where our public discourse is becoming more difficult, the museums provide a place for the community to come together and explore topics that impact us. Our art exhibitions this year explored themes of social justice, gender equality, inclusivity, competitiveness, and loss of language and culture. Programming for these exhibitions included speakers, panels and events that allowed us to hear different perspectives and engage with our own questions and experiences. Your donations help us continue developing exhibitions that engage the community in this way.                                             

We are proud to help celebrate Milwaukee Public Schools’ “Year of the Arts”, by providing support to MPS art teachers and students through our long-running Art in the Garden program at the Villa Terrace and our new program at the Charles Allis for art students at Rufus King International High School. Our Senior Curator, Shana McCaw offers students portfolio reviews and leads discussions on art practice and curation. These students are our future practicing artists and museum professionals who will carry on these traditions of service to our communities. It is our goal to expand this program as our resources will allow. Your contribution can help us acheive that goal.

Government funding for the arts continues to decline. Due to financial constraints, Milwaukee County considered across the board cuts in funding again for 2018. This continues the trend in funding for the museums. In the last decade we received $450,000 a year from Milwaukee County, which made up 75% of our operating revenue. Today we receive half that amount, which makes up just 25% of our annual budget today. We have been able to make up the difference and grow our exhibitions and programs in part through your generous support. We are grateful for your donation this year and look forward to serving you and our community next year, as we have for over seven decades.



John Sterr
Executive Director