Wisconsin Creative Summit

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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.


We are certainly living in "interesting" times - full of twists, turns, and opportunity.  These times demand action, enthusiasm and celebration.  That's why it's more important than ever to come together to network, learn and celebrate the role, impact and benefit of the arts and community in and for your community.  

With the 2016 elections behind us and an uncertain world ahead, we need the arts and creativity to illuminate, inspire, communicate, and understand.   That's why it's more important than ever to come together to network, learn and celebrate the power, impact and benefit of the arts and community in and for your community.

Register today to participate in Wisconsin Creates:  Wisconsin Creative Summit, on Tuesday, December 6, 10 am - 4 pm, at the Grand Theater in Wausau, to get inspiration, engagement, and ideas from people doing the same work you are doing throughout Wisconsin.
Despite the challenges we all face, there's an explosion of artistic, cultural and creative activity throughout Wisconsin.  There's increasing local and regional economic and community activity and involvement from decision-makers in policy, programs, and sustainable development and engagement across the state and in all of its communities.  That activity and involvement gives us energy to ove forward.
Attend the 2016 Wisconsin Creative Summit to discuss what's happening in the arts, in your community, and around the state, including who, why, and how we serve;  what's good about what we are doing, and what can we do even better; and, of course, how do we get there (wherever "there" is)?

This just in:  we're pleased that Maryo Gard Ewell, national community arts leader and daughter of visionary community arts leader and UW-Madison professor Robert Gard, will be our keynote speaker.  This year is the 50th anniversary of The Arts in the Small Community, led by Professor Gard in the 1960s as a groundbreaking assessment and action plan for the arts in rural Wisconsin.   Maryo started her community arts career as a student intern with the project, leading to a lively and distinguished career in civic arts development and extensive expertise in the arts and community.    You'll be inspired by Maryo's great observations about Wisconsin's community arts legacy, and energized for your work in the future.

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.  Empower your work for the opportunities ahead and be inspired.

Click here for more info, the agenda, and registration.  Your $25 registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and materials (that's a pretty good deal!).  See you at the Summit!

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?   

11 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. 

12 noon                             Arts Activism 101 and legislative advocacy update discussion:  Now that the elections are over (finally), what do the results mean 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 are you marketing, promoting, and growing visibility for your organization and your community, using old and new methods of communication?  Panel members include Jeff Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, LaMoine MacLaughlin of the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery, and Amy Beck, Marketing Director at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau.

2:30 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)?

3:30 pm                                Report out and discussion:  what are three things you’ve going to do when you get home for your organization and community?  

4 pm                                      Adjourn

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

December 6th, 2016 9:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
401 N 4th Street
Wausau, WI
United States

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Registration fee $ 25.00

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