Getting ready for Arts Day 2017

March 6, 2017
We’re looking forward to Arts Day 2017 on Thursday, March 9.  It’s the most important day for the arts in Wisconsin, and we’re glad you will be there.  Here’s info to help you get ready for Arts Day.
Arts Day features the Arts Day Breakfast, workshop sessions, exhibits, performances, roundtables, networking and learning.
The main focus of Arts Day is to connect with your legislators at the State Capitol to let them
know about the importance of the arts, arts education, and creative economy in your community and statewide.  
Wisconsin Creates, a new program to support the arts and creativity throughout Wisconsin, will be introduced as a legislative bill this week.   We want to get the Wisconsin Creates bill approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor this spring, so the program can begin later in the year.  Arts Day is our first chance to ask legislators to support Wisconsin Creates as an investment in economic vitality, education for the 21st century, healthy, vibrant, communities, and engaged residents.
More information about Wisconsin Creates is at, and we’ll give you the most up to date information on Arts Day.
Important information as you get ready for Arts Day:
What you should prepare and bring to Arts Day: 
  • Bring information about your work to drop off at your legislators’ offices during the day. You can add the Wisconsin Creates “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 Thursday, 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 extensive or complicated, but shows off the work you do.  You’ll need at least two copies of the information, for your State Senator and for your State Assemblyperson.  
  • Bring flyers or brochures to display on the Resource Table and show off your work.
  • Bring your business cards to share with your colleagues.
  • Bring energy and enthusiasm to meet new and old friends!
If we’ve made legislative appointments for you on Arts Day, we will send you that info by Wednesday, March 8.  If you have questions about appointments, please get in touch at
Registration opens at 8 am on Thursday at the Overture Center.  The Arts Day Breakfast begins at 8:30 am (program starts at 9 am).   Arts Day highlights include a workshop on entrepreneurship with Roy Elkins of Broadjam (10:30 am), a free classical music concert with Catherine Kautsky and Wen-Li Gu of Lawrence University (12 noon), the Idea Center at Overture featuring exhibits, roundtables, Love Wisconsin’s “Wish for Wisconsin” photo booth, and more (throughout the day).
Please get in touch with questions at 608 255 8316 or  See you on Arts Day!
Anne Katz, Executive Director