Wisconsin Creative Summit

Spend a day with colleagues and friends who are working in the arts as you are, exploring the same ideas, and facing the same challenges and successes. The Wisconsin Creative Summit will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 10 am - 4 pm, at the Grand Theater in Wausau.


It certainly is an “interesting” and opportune time in Wisconsin and across the country right now.  Besides the national elections, there’s a lot going on with the arts and creative development on the local level around the state, and, increasing interest from decision-makers about the value, benefits and impact of the arts and creativity for Wisconsin and all of its communities.   Attend the 2016 Wisconsin Creative Summit to discuss what’s happening in the arts, in your community, and around the state.  We’ll discuss questions such as:

  • Who is my community, why do we serve them and how do we serve them?
  • What is good about what we are doing?  What can we do better/tweak?
  • And how do we get there (wherever “there” is)?

This just in:  we're pleased that Maryo Gard Ewell, community arts leader and daughter of visionary community arts leader Professor Robert Gard, will be our keynote speaker. This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Arts in the Small Community,” led by Professor Gard as a groundbreaking assessment and action plan for the arts in rural Wisconsin. 

Get other perspectives and suggestions to strengthen your work, and share your successes and challenges to do the same for their work.  If you are a staff member, board member, or volunteer of a local arts organization, or, if you just care about what's happening in your community and in the arts, you should attend this conference.  Right now, it's more important than ever to come together with and learn from your colleagues about the role, impact and benefits of the arts in your community.  Empower your work for the opportunities ahead and be inspired.

Your $25 registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and materials.  See you at the Summit!

The Wisconsin Creative Summit is made possible by the generous support of the Wisconsin Arts Board, The Kohler Foundation, and the Herbert H. Kohl Charities. Special thanks to the Grand Theater for co-hosting.



9:30 am                                Registration and coffee

10 am                                    Introductions and welcome exercise:  what’s the most interesting thing that happened with your work in the past month?   

10:30 am                              Keynote speech:  Maryo Gard Ewell, daughter of community arts pioneer Robert Gard, will speak on “The Arts in the Small Community,” its impact, and its legacy in the 21st century.    In 1966, Robert E. Gard and his Community Arts Development team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to assist five rural communities in a bold community arts development effort in whatever way was most relevant to them.  In 1969, The Arts in the Small Community: A National Plan was published. 

11:30 am                              Arts Activism 101 and legislative advocacy update discussion:  Now that the elections are over (finally), what’s next on the legislative and political front?  Lots.  Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin Executive Director, will discuss the outcome of the elections, what it all means for the arts, for your community, and for the state, and what you can do as an informed, pro-active community leader.     

12:30 pm                              Networking lunch

1:15 pm                                 Panel discussion:  How does social media work for your organization and your community?  Panel members TBA

2:15 pm                                Small group roundtable action discussions:

  • Advocacy and visibility – how to connect with decision-makers on all levels, to recognize the arts as essential to economic growth, educational advancement, vibrant communities, engaged residents
  • Programs – what kinds of programs are available and should be available for and in the community?
  • Marketing – how to market and engage community?
  • Resources – where do the resources come from (human, educational, economic, civic)?

3:15 pm                                Report out and discussion:  what are three things you’ve going to do when you get home for your organization and community?  

3:45 pm                                Wrap up discussion

4 pm                                      Adjourn

The 2016 Wisconsin Creative Summit is presented by Arts Wisconsin and made possible by the generous support of the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Kohler Foundation, and the Herbert H. Kohl Charities. Special thanks to the Grand Theater for co-hosting.


October 5th, 2016 1:45 PM
401 N 4th Street
Wausau, WI
United States

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Registration fee $ 25.00

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