About Us

About Arts Wisconsin:

We believe that everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin should have the opportunity to experience the arts, and that the arts and creativity are vital to enrich lives and sustain healthy, vibrant communities 

Vision: A creative Wisconsin where everyone, everywhere in the state experiences, participates in, and benefits from the arts.

Mission: To serve the people of Wisconsin and enrich communities, as the voice for the arts in Wisconsin. Founded in 1992, Arts Wisconsin is the only independent statewide organization providing a leadership forum for advancing the local and statewide creative economy, integrating the arts and creativity in education, educating entrepreneurs and activists, and engaging policy-makers and the public as a catalyst for dialogue, information, and action.

Arts Wisconsin puts the arts and creativity at the center of life and learning throughout Wisconsin through five core services:

  • Advocate: to speak up and advance the arts, arts education and creative economy as integral to Wisconsin’s local, regional and statewide success
  • Communicate: to expand the awareness of decision-makers and citizens as a catalyst and convener about the power of the arts to transform people, organizations and communities.
  • Educate: to enable Wisconsin’s creators, administrators and entrepreneurs to realize and sustain success, strengthen and sustain the state’s arts, cultural and creative infrastructure, support vibrant, thriving communities and ensure access to the arts for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin
  • Facilitate: to encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and position the arts, arts education and creative economy as economic, educational and civic assets in every Wisconsin community
  • Sustain: grow and expand arts and creative opportunities to benefit and enrich the lives of the people of Wisconsin, as a model for our constituency.

We know:

  • the instinct to be creative is universal
  • the arts embrace and celebrate diverse perspectives and distinct and numerous forms of cultural expression
  • the arts are integral and must be accessible to the lives of all Wisconsin residents
  • the arts are essential to Wisconsin’s economic, educational and civic high standards and continued growth
  • the arts and culture are at the core of the quality of life in Wisconsin and all of its communities.

Our goals:

  • Access to and engagement in the arts, arts education and creative economy for all
  • Knowledgeable, entrepreneurial community members realizing their full potential as engaged, productive, proactive leaders
  • Investment in the power, benefit, impact, and value of the arts for economic, educational and civic success.

Learn more about the arts in Wisconsin and about Arts Wisconsin at www.artswisconsin.org.  And join us to help us promote creativity as a smart investment for the state!