Celebrating 25 years: Accomplishments 1992-2017

Celebrating 25 years of advocacy, service and development for and in the arts throughout Wisconsin

Arts Wisconsin’s overall accomplishments since its founding in 1992:awlogo-25years

• Recognized by local, state and global arts, business, education, government and political sectors as the only multi-disciplinary service, advocacy and development organization acting for the arts statewide, speaking up for Wisconsin’s creative sector and creativity for all.

• Recognized as the independent statewide community cultural development partner organization by the Wisconsin Arts Board

• Recognized as Wisconsin’s state partner organization of Americans for the Arts, the national arts service organization

• Created and expanded a presence and profile for the arts in Wisconsin via social media, starting in 2010.  As of August 2017, Arts Wisconsin has nearly 7,000 FaceBook fans and close to 5,000 Twitter fans.

• Has provided technical assistance, include fiscal agent status, to at least 300 arts organizations and creative businesses on planning, visibility, programming and fundraising.

• Has continuously educated local, state, and federal public and private decision-makers about the importance of supporting and investing in arts programs, arts education and arts opportunities.

2016 and 2017 accomplishments:

• Continued to lead advocacy for the passage of Wisconsin Creates, a ground-breaking program to grow Wisconsin’s creative economy.

• Presented the 20th Annual Arts Day at the Overture Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 11, 2017.

• Executive Director Anne Katz presented on the arts, arts education, creative economy, and creative placemaking locally, statewide and globally, at:

— Americans for the Arts and State Arts Action Network meetings throughout the year

— National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program, November 2016, Sundance Resport, Utah

— Small Town Forums in Cambridge, Gays Mills, Phelps, Shell Lake and Wabeno, August-September 2016 and 2017

— League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference, October 20, 2016, Stevens Point

— Downtown Kenosha Summit, October 2016, Kenosha

• The 2016 Arts in the Community Awards were presented to Creative Downtown Appleton and Alan Nugent of Stockholm, WI, in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Creative Conversations 2016 – co-hosted with local arts and community organizations, and fulfilling Arts Wisconsin’s role as the statewide catalyst for community-based learning and action, and connecting with arts, business, civic, education and government leaders for ideas and input to inform Arts Wisconsin’s mission, purpose and agenda for action. In 2016, Creative Conversations were held in Amery, Ashland, Door County, Green Bay, La Crosse, Mineral Point, Racine, Stevens Point, and Stockholm.

Other accomplishments since 1992:

• Produced research on the state of arts education in Wisconsin, in partnership with the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education and the Music for All Foundation, August 2008

• Produced cultural tourism promotional campaigns in 2006 and 2007 with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to promote the arts as a major component of tourism across the state.

• Partnered with the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council to produce the 2013 annual conference on creative economy development.

• Partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association to produce the 2006 annual conference, “Planning for the Creative Economy,” featuring best practices and models, research and information on creative people, organizations and communities, in Wisconsin and globally

• Partnered with Corporate Report Wisconsin to host a discussion with arts and community leaders entitled: The Arts and the Economy: How creativity underpins the jobs and the communities of the 21st century, November 2005.

• Honored with the 2004 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts (as Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts) from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts

• Executive Director Anne Katz was honored by Americans for the Arts with the “Alene Valkanis Arts Advocacy Award” in 2010 and with Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras’ “Service to Music” Award and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award in 2016.

• Arts Wisconsin is one of only two arts-focused social change organizations to be a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a community funding organization based in Madison

• Honored by Madison Magazine for grassroots arts development efforts in the Madison area, 2004.

• Providing ongoing training and technical assistance on legal issues for creative entrepreneurs and arts organizations

• Provided entrepreneurial training and business skills development through over 50 “Making a Living, Making a Life” educational workshops to 2,500+ individual artist-entrepreneurs throughout Wisconsin, 2004-2008.

• Established and enhanced the ArtsPeers Advisory Network, to provide mentoring, and technical assistance to individual artists, arts organizations, and community agencies, which has served 100+ communities so far.

• Created the Legislative Action Center in 2000, a statewide web-based communications action network connecting Wisconsin arts activists (2,000+) to elected officials statewide, and to national issues and leaders through Americans for the Arts’ national arts advocacy network.

• Organized and facilitated local and regional summits, meetings, forums, and summits at least 250 Wisconsin communities, to foster cooperation and communication between local, regional and statewide arts, business, educational and political leaders, organizations and agencies.

• Developed and continually upgraded research, statistics and information about the current state of Wisconsin’s arts and creative industries.

• Developed and continually updated print and electronic research and informational materials, for use by arts, business, education and political leaders, including:
o Action Guide for Arts Activists
o Arts/Business Handbook
o Community Cultural Development and Creative Placemaking
o Nonprofit and management information for organizations and agencies
o Services for individual artists
o Legal issues for artists and arts organizations

• Developed statewide promotional campaigns focused on the arts, cultural tourism, arts/business partnerships, and community cultural development

• Promoted cooperation between state agencies, including Departments of Commerce, Tourism, Workforce Development, DPI and the Wisconsin Arts Board, and state and local organizations, to build awareness of the state’s creative economy and its critical role in local, statewide, and global economic development.

• Has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, and Wisconsin Departments of Tourism, DPI, and Commerce, to provide research, promotional and educational services for the arts industry and the general public.

• Provides ongoing asset-based community development guidance, technical assistance, and services throughout the state – to at least 500 Wisconsin communities since 1992.