Join MIAD Ski Club to Sunburst !

When: Friday, Feb. 12       4pm – 10pm

Cost: $13 Lift ticket or       $20 lift + rental + lesson

Bring a car and drive if you have one.  Drivers will receive payment from other riders.

You must sign up and pay in advance in R45B.

See Ricky if you have any questions.

We’ll leave at 3:30 sharp from the student union on Friday Feb. 12th.

Food for Thought:Freelance Panel

Date? February 4th, 2010
Time? 11am-12:30pm
Where? Todd Wehr
How Much? Free
The details… Come listen and ask questions to MIAD graduates about their freelance careers. Lunch will be provided (soup with bread bowls). All student are welcome to attend. Freelance Panel includes an Illustrator, Commercial Photographer, Painter and Sculptor
Contact email:

Computer Lab Access

The details… A number of you have inquired about the amount of access to “open lab” computer facilities on campus.

Last Fall, we moved the Faculty/Staff Training Lab from Y-55C to Y-20, a more visible location. The number of computers that were available in this facility did not increase. However, we have learned that there is considerable frustration in finding open computers, especially during the midday when most labs are filled with classes. To help address your needs, we have therefore converted Y-20 into a more versatile working area, much like the already existing Open Lab in Y-10B.

This means that faculty, staff and students will have access to the 10 computers in Y-20. No classes will be scheduled in Y-20. However, there may be a few times when the lab is scheduled for training or reserved by staff or faculty for grading.

We have also increased the number of computers available in Y-10B, the Open Lab.

The college is moving toward more adaptable learning spaces, where fixed computers, laptops, and meeting spaces are available to all.

Matt Ogden
Director of Technology

David Martin
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Blood Drive

Located in Donor Coach on Erie Street
Thursday, February 25
11am – 5pm
To schedule your appointment, see Ricky Heldt in Room R45.
Walk-ins Welcome!
All presenting donors will receive a ticket to the 2010 Milwaukee Auto Show.
While supplies last, some restrictions apply.

Present Music brings the warmth of Africa to Milwaukee’s winter

For Immediate Release – January 5, 2010 – Milwaukee – On Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 Present Music begins 2010 with a performance that brings the warmth of Africa to Milwaukee’s winter. The Present Music Ensemble will be joined by guests Lukas Ligeti, Burkina Electric and Caroline Mallonée. The concert will take place at the Historic Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 North 4th Street.

Burkina Electric is the first ever electronica band to come out of Burkina Faso, West Africa. The international supergroup includes the gripping, charismatic vocals of Maï Lingani, the soulful guitar hooks of Wende K. Blass, German electronicist/producer Pyrolator, and percussion from one of the most important composer/performers of our time, Lukas Ligeti. Together they bring the ancient rhythms of West Africa to contemporary pop and dance music. The New York Times calls the result “an irresistible brew”. The group will also bring dancers whose choreography melds the traditional with the modern, and are fresh off a recent collaboration with superstar choreographer Carol Armitage at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Burkina Electric will perform the entire second half of the program.

Lukas Ligeti is the son of one of the most important post-war composers, Gyorgi Ligeti. But as The Guardian of London says “(Ligeti) has managed a pretty astonishing personal and musical feat in his creative life: he’s able to acknowledge his father’s influence and at the same time, sidestep it and even transcend it.” The Present Music Ensemble will perform his string quartet “Moving Houses”, a Kronos Quartet commission. Ligeti will also take to the stage to perform his own semi-improvised compositions on the marimba lumina, an instrument that is part percussion, part MIDI-controller, and part musical theater.

Caroline Mallonée’s composition for beer bottles wowed the Present Music audience at the start of the 2008-2009 season. In a recent article, Chamber Music America noted that “Despite all the temptations to become another award-winning hotshot composer of macho virtuoso vehicles, it sounds like she’s headed toward something braver—and more thoughtful.” The Present Music Ensemble will be performing the world premiere of her new work “Reaction”.

Turner Hall is the perfect venue for this performance with its bar and dance floor. As Artistic Director Kevin Stalheim states “I don’t want this concert to be only based on the quiet listening experience, I want this concert to get people up out of their seats and dancing.”

Ticket prices for the event start at only $10. Student tickets are half price. Group discounts are also available. Radio Milwaukee’s Adam Carr will moderate a meet the composer pre-concert talk at 6:45.

For tickets and information visit,, or call Present Music 414-271-0711 or the Pabst Theater Box Office at 414-286-3205.

Yoga Classes At MIAD – Taught by Melissa Brown

Date? Starting this coming Monday and every Monday
Time? 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where? MIAD Union
How Much? Free – Please bring a mat if you have one.
The details… More than 18 years of dance experience had me craving to reengage my body in physical activity while allowing my mind to release the stress. Yoga was the answer. With the strong desire to immerse myself in the practice, I chose to take an instructor’s training course but had little intention to teach. However after completing my certification at Milwaukee’s Kanyakumari, I became completely immersed in the practice and the desire to share it with others grew within me. I began teaching immediately. The focus of my teaching is to inspire new students to begin a personal practice, teach the fundamentals of the poses and introduce the art of relaxation. My classes are gentle yet challenging with ample time for focused breathing and spiritual connection. Every class is unique, as I like to offer my student s an opportunity to grow beyond their knowing potential in hopes of reaching true enlightenment! Please join me and begin a journey of your own!
Contact email:
Contact name: Ricky Heldt