Thank You For Contributing to our 2015
Annual Appeal






Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums
2015 Annual Appeal

November 23, 2015

Dear Community,

Your contribution is critical to the success of the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums! The Museums are facing challenging operating and programming costs in 2016. Your generous donation will help us uphold our mission of utilizing the historic homes, gardens and art collections of Milwaukee Industrialists Charles Allis and Lloyd Smith as vibrant public spaces for education and community enrichment. Please help us reach our 2015 Annual Appeal goal of $50,000.

Your contribution will allow us to:

• Continue Art-Focused Programming – In 2015 the Museums welcomed over 20,000 visitors. Your contribution will help us continue featuring bold exhibits, lively concerts and engaging theatre, along with favorite events such as Café Sopra Mare, Opera On Tap and Movie Time, for all to enjoy! Your support ensures our ongoing commitment to serving MPS students and teachers through Art in the Garden at the Villa Terrace and our collaboration with the VA Medical Center to provide therapeutic art experiences for vets at the Charles Allis.

• Support Specialized Curatorial Efforts – The Museums’ Curatorial Staff cares for the collections, produces exhibits, and executes the overall artistic vision of the Museums. In 2016 the Staff will embark on digitizing and archiving the Museums’ extensive collection of records and historical photos, and begin re-glazing eighty paintings in the Charles Allis collection with archival, non-glare glass. 

• Complete Maintenance and Restoration Projects – We continually address restoration and repairs at the Museums in partnership with Milwaukee County, but more funds are needed to fully care for the two beautiful historic homes. Recent projects include the partial restoration of Colnik ironwork at the Charles Allis, and tuck-pointing of the Mercury fountain in the Villa Terrace courtyard.

We accomplished a lot in 2015. We found efficiencies and reduced costs, but challenges remain for 2016. Your increased support will help us achieve our goals for the coming year, while we continue working to thrive in a challenging environment. As always. I value your ideas and I encourage you to share them with me.

To make a donation online click here or contact me at your convenience.

With Gratitude,


John Sterr

Executive Director
Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums
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