In 1986, recognizing the more than $122 million ecoomic impact of arts and cultural organizations as well as their effect on our quality of life, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing a non-departmental account for cultural programming and created the Milwaukee County Cultural, Artistic and Musical Programming Advisory Council (CAMPAC) to make recommendations on allocating County grants and contracts for arts and cultural programing that best serves the community.
The arts fund is unique in that it provides organizations with funds for operations. This allows arts organizations to devote their efforts to the quality of their productions and to enhance their outreach to all ages of underserved audiences in our community, including people who are disadvantaged or have a disability.
The County Board's longstanding financial commitment to the arts is evidenced by the annual appropriation of property tax funds to support and encourage these cultural and artistic activities. The importance of this program to the economic and cultural well-being of our community cannot be overemphasized.
2021 Updates for Racially Equitable Allocation of Funds
Amendment 1A020 to the 2021 adopted budget required a review of the eligibility requirements for CAMPAC awards to determine if more racially equitable methods of allocating funds are available. The County Board approved File 21-90 for recommended changes to the program.
Highlights of the changes approved by the County Board and signed by the County Executive include:
- An increase of available funding for first-year recipients (from $1,500 to $3,500)
- A more transparent and even distribution formula
- Combining the Matching Grants and Community Cultural Events programs, requiring that a recipient organization give at least one performance meeting previous Community Cultural Event criteria
How to Apply for Funding
Follow the links below to apply. Previous award recipients will be notified of the new application process.
Learn About the Application Process
The purpose of the County Arts Program, as provided in the County Board resolution establishing CAMPAC, is to serve as a public sector source of support for various cultural, artistic and musical organizations and individuals providing a variety of artistic genres and styles designed to reach a broad range of the County's residents, including those of different economic, social, ethnic, racial, age and neighborhood backgrounds.
The program has the following objectives:
- To provide support for arts organizations in order to improve their financial stability, encourage the development of other resources, enhance management capacity and achieve or sustain growth in the artistic quality of their programs
- To assure broad public access to a full range of artistic genres for all County residents, particularly those whose financial resources are limited, who live in more restricted settings, or who are otherwise limited by reason of age or disability
- To promote the creative growth and development of local individual artists
- To encourage the maximum usage of County-owned arts facilities
Our Advisory Council
Dr. Barbara Leigh