Thank You For Contributing to our 2014
Annual Appeal






2014 Annual Appeal

Dear Members, Donors, and the Community,

This Holiday Season we are reflecting on an outstanding year and looking forward to 2014. The Charles Allis Art Museum and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum were hosts to well attended exhibitions, theater productions, and a wide variety of events. Your support enables us to fulfill our mission of celebrating Wisconsin artists and the decorative arts, and encouraging an appreciation for art and history for thousands of museum guests.

These historic museums have a distinguished role in our community. The Smith’s and the Allis’ vision for these two homes remain an inspiration to us all. The Board and Staff continue the tradition of engaging a wide variety of people in various programs. For instance, 24 Military Veterans successfully completed Veterans Sculpture Workshops held at the Charles Allis in partnership with the art therapy staff of the Veterans Administration. the American Roots Music Series brought critically acclaimed artists to the Charles Allis. Approximately 150 MPS grade school students explored the Villa Terrace and created artwork in our annual Art in the Garden Program. Hundreds of people enjoyed the museums during Doors Open Milwaukee. Students from UWM’s School of Architecture digitized the Villa Terrace’s architectural plans, interviewed our friend and former Villa Terrace resident, Arthur Smith, and other board members and staff.

Your support of the museums enhances the lives of countless people. Please consider a gift so that we sustain the programs, events, and preservation that our members and the public so enjoy. Your contribution will ensure that we continue favorites like Café Sopra Mare, Art in the Garden, Veterans Sculpture Workshops, Movie Nights, and more.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Membership, Staff, and museum visitors, thank you for all that you have done. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the museums.


Claudia Egan 111111111111111111111111Maria B. Costello

Claudia Egan                                             Maria B. Costello

Chairperson, Board of Directors                    Executive Director

Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Museums              Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Museums

Donations by mail:
Make Checks Payable to Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Museums Inc.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID number is 45-4102317. Thanks for your donation!



People turn to the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums for the collections of each museum, interesting exhibits, live music – Allis After Hours and Café Sopra Mare, educational programming and a wide variety of special events.

Support for these programs comes in many forms: foundation funding through grants, corporate and private sponsorship, membership and individual donations. As we increase our programming and continue to maintain these historic gems, the need for additional funding continues to grow.

Funding also supports a variety of items necessary to help staff operate the museums efficiently and grow our programming.

Recent gifts of support have helped to sponsor a wide range of events, including:

  • Café Sopra Mare
  • Major corporate sponsorship for art exhibits
  • Grants to support our educational programs including the popular Art in the Garden program
  • Grants to upgrade technology of the computer and phone systems for the museums
  • Private donations to start an endowment fund to insure quality programming, collection acquisitions and capital improvement funding to secure the future of both museums

Your gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference to our short and long term planning.

To make a donation online, click here or contact Emily Porter, Membership Coordinator.

For corporate sponsorship opportunities please contact Executive Director Maria Costello at 414/278-8295.