Creative Wisconsin Month – what’s coming up this week

We’re finishing up Creative Wisconsin Month with a stellar line-up of discussions, conversations, and presentations.  All sessions will be recorded and posted on Arts Wisconsin’s website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.  Join us for one or all!

  • Monday, April 26, 4-5:30 pm:  Artists/Creative Workers Town Hall 2.0.   You are invited to a second statewide forum to share your insights about what should come next in the recovery and stability of WI’s arts ecosystem.Partners in this effort:  Arts Wisconsin, Association of Wisconsin Artists, Film Wisconsin, gener8tor art, gener8tor music, Imagine MKE, Mary Nohl Fellowships, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, Wisconsin Dance Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.We know that artists and creative workers have been, and continue to be, absolutely crucial to WI’s health and vibrancy.  As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, address issues of racial equity and social justice, and re-establish Wisconsin’s thriving creative economy, your work is more critical than ever.  With thanks to those of you who shared your wisdom, insight, and questions at our first Town Hall in December, we invite everyone to update us on how you’re doing, what you need, what you want to offer, how we can help, and how we can best work together to determine where we go from here.  Registration is required – click here to register.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 1-2 pm CT:  Artistry Meets Advocacy, hosted by Wisconsin Visual Artists in collaboration with Arts Wisconsin.  On Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/WisconsinVisualArtists.
    Powerhouse leaders throughout the Wisconsin art community discuss the ways in which artists can be advocates for themselves as well as others through their work, actions, and organizations.   Featured voices:

    • Jenie Gao | Artist/Entrepreneur, President, Wisconsin Visual Artists
    • Katie Avila Loughmiller | Artist, Co-founder, LUNA (Latinas Unidas eN las Artes) and Head Space
    • Stacey Burkhart | Artist, Co-founder, SAGE Green Bay
    • Teena Wilder | Artist, Organizer/Assistant for Freedom, Inc.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 11 am – 12 noon CT:  State of Arts and Creative Sector Funding in Wisconsin, one year later, co-presented by Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network.
    To say that Wisconsin’s arts sector has been in flux throughout this pandemic year is an understatement.  With cancellations and shutdowns affecting almost all arts businesses and workers, funding sources including CARES Act, Save Our Stages, special public funding programs, and private grant opportunities have kept the work and the people going, in many ways.  This panel of experts from several different corners of the funding universe will offer their observations on the year past and the year ahead. This panel of experts from several different corners of the funding universe will offer their observations on the year past and the year ahead.  REGISTER HERE.  Panelists:

    • Facilitator:  George Tzougros, Director, Wisconsin Arts Board
    • Jason Anderson, Director, Pablo Center for the Arts, Eau Claire/Wisconsin Chair, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)
    • Lisa Caesar, COO, No Studios/Director, No Studios Artists Grants, Milwaukee
    • Barbara Wanzo, Director, Black Arts MKE, Milwaukee
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021, 2-4 pm CT:  Shaping Downtown after COVID-19
    How did Ithaca, New York – an isolated college town in the hills of Central New York State – assemble the economic development tools, talent and relationships to shape its downtown as a treasured part of the community? What can economic development leaders from Appleton, Eau Claire, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, share about the outlook for their downtowns during and after the pandemic? What can these cities learn from each other and the ideas shared by the participants?   REGISTER HERE.
  • Friday, April 30, 12:00-1:00pm CT:  The Business of Art and The Art of Business | Panel with Wisconsin arts organization leaders, presented by Dane Arts Buy Local
    Join Christina Brungardt (MMOCA), Brenda Devita (American Players Theatre), and Joe Loehnis (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra) for a conversation about the business of the arts and the art of business.  Featuring music by Beth Kille.  REGISTER HERE