What you need to know for Arts Day 2016

Thanks for making plans to be part of Arts Day 2016 on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  We’re looking forward to the biggest day for the arts and creativity in Wisconsin, and we hope you are as well.  This is a quick message about “what you should know for Arts Day.”

Arts Day is a day to celebrate your work and the arts across the state – reconnect with old friends and make new ones – explore ideas and issues – and leave refreshed and ready to tackle the work ahead. Arts Day is the biggest visibility, educational and networking day of the arts for Wisconsin’s creative sector, produced by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with an impressive array of arts, business, education, and civic organizations. Click here for the up-to-date list of our generous Arts Day 2016 sponsors.

On Arts Day, the message to decision-makers is:   

The arts matter for Wisconsin:  support 21st century investment in Wisconsin’s creative sector through the Creative Economy Development Initiative.

We’ll give you the latest info on the status of the Initiative legislation and your message to legislators at the Arts Day Breakfast.

Registration opens at 8 am on Wednesday at Monona Terrace.  We’ve attached some info, which will also be available when you arrive:

What you should prepare and bring:

  • Information from your organization to drop off at your legislators’ offices during the day. You can add the “Talking Points” piece and your business card to that info to bring to your legislators. Whether your legislators are in their Capitol offices or not on Wednesday, it’s important to visit their offices and leave your info and your message with the staff so they know you made an effort to get in touch.  You can bring flyers, brochures, research reports, photos – it doesn’t have to be complicated, but shows off the work you do.
  • Bring flyers or brochures to display on the Resource Table and show off your work.
  • Bring your business cards to share with your colleagues.


  • Tweeting about Arts Day?Use #WIArtsDay to stay connected and promote the conversation about Arts Day!
  • Like Arts Wisconsin’s FaceBook pagefor updates and to share content with your friends.
  • The Wisconsin Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month exhibit is up on the second floor of the Capitol Rotunda, so make sure you check it out when you are in the Capitol to stop at your legislators’ offices.
  • Directions and parking information.