Creative Economy Week 2017 proclamation

MAY 13-20, 2017

Click here for proclamations

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin are co-hosting the second annual statewide Creative Economy Week¸ promoting and celebrating the creative economy in Wisconsin’s communities, May 13-20, 2017.  Look for additional details on the Arts Wisconsin website and in the May magazine.  In the meantime, personalize and adopt this proclamation in your community (cut and paste as needed) to celebrate Creative Economy Week and send your proclamation to the League at  It will be shared online and on social media in April and May via the League and Arts Wisconsin.  Thanks!


city/village recognizes that investment in creative economy development, creative placemaking, and civic engagement through the arts and creativity are important to the health and vibrancy of the community and its future;

city/village appreciates that creative economy development and community cultural engagement are directly related to economic vitality, education for the 21st century, engaged residents and a community’s vibrancy and success;

city/village celebrates many impressive creative economy activities, projects and initiatives, such as education programs at arts centers, revitalization initiatives, and civic engagement projects, happening in communities across Wisconsin during Creative Economy Week;

city/village recognizes that investment in its creative economy is critical for local and statewide success for these reasons:

  • The arts mean business. According to Dun and Bradstreet, there are nearly 10,000 businesses in Wisconsin involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ over 42,000 people—representing 3.2 percent of the state’s businesses and 1.4 percent of its employees (businesses range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies)
  • The arts add to the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, providing 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture. In Wisconsin, the nonprofit arts industry generates $535 million in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), supporting 22,872 jobs and generating $64.9 million in state and local government revenue
  • The arts engage. Attendees at Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts events spend $19.06 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Nine percent of the 9.4 million nonprofit arts attendees come from outside of Wisconsin. Those 806,000 attendees spend nearly twice as much as residents ($33.02 vs. $17.73), valuable revenue for businesses and communities statewide;
  • The arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown steadily since 2003 (18 to 28 percent).
  • The arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion—a $47 billion arts trade surplus.
  • The arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders, with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd ” Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
  • The arts have social impact. Research shows that a high concentration of the arts in a community leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, lower crime and poverty rates. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City/Village of ______________________________declares the week of May 13-20, 2017 as Creative Economy Week, to celebrate and promote the arts, creativity, and vitality in and for our community.  Furthermore, the City/Village requests the Clerk send a copy of this resolution to our State Legislators, to Governor Scott Walker and to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

Questions?  Contact Gail Sumi at the League: 608-267-4477 or

Thank you!