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.
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 Board, Kohler Foundation, and Herbert H. Kohl Charities. Special thanks to the Grand Theater for co-hosting.
|Registration fee||$ 25.00|