Creative Economy Week

The second annual Creative Economy Week, hosted in partnership by Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wcreativeeconomyweek-logoisconsin Municipalities, will take place May 13-20, 2017, focusing on civic engagement through the arts, creativity, and public art.

Creative Economy Week is a great way to celebrate the blossoming creative economy movement in Wisconsin, through social media and interaction across the state and share the ways in which the arts play a vital role in our everyday lives.

For Creative Economy Week 2017:  

We want murals! Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are celebrating Creative Economy Week May 13-20, 2017. Our theme this year is murals, and we want to show off public art from as many Wisconsin municipalities as possible. Photos should be in high resolution and must be accompanied by a caption and photo credit. The League will publish as many photos as possible in the May edition of the Municipality magazine (and they’ll be in color, thanks to the generous sponsorship of WEA Insurance Trust). We’ve got a Facebook photo album started and will launch an Instagram page soon. Send photos to league@lwm-info.org.

And, we want proclamations!   We’ve created a template proclamation to personalize and adopt for your community to celebrate Creative Economy Week.    Click here for info and a template proclamation.

And…

  • Click here for resources, information, data and research about the creative economy in Wisconsin and beyond.
  • Click here for specific ideas on civic engagement through the arts, or, how to answer the question, “what can our community Defining the “creative economy” is an evolving process, but the simplest way is to describe it is the intersection of the creative workforce, creative industries and creative communities.
  • Click here for definitions of the creative economy from around the world.actually DO to grow the creative economy, enhance quality of life, educate our kids, and keep our communities vibrant?”
  • Click here for some great infographics and data from the National Endowment for the Arts on arts participation, civic engagement throughout the arts, and the economic value of the arts.

What happened during Creative Economy Week 2016?

  • Communities throughout the state proclaimed Creative Economy Week for their cities, villages and towns.  Click here for Creative Economy Week proclamations and resolutions.
  • We asked Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser, and other poets from across the state, to share their poetry about community and communities.  Read the poetry here.
  • Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin and Gail Sumi of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities spoke about Creative Economy Week on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” on April 26.  Listen here!
  • Arts Wisconsin’s social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – highlighted the impact of the creative economy movement and the success it has had across the state and across the nation.
  • Here were ten ways to celebrate Creative Economy Week!

Whether it be in community cultural development, arts education, or tourism, the arts and creativity play a role in in the lives of everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin.   Celebrate!