Arts Wisconsin by the numbers 2016

Years in existence 24 Since 1992, leading the way for the arts and creativity, through community cultural development, advocacy, and technical assistance, throughout and for Wisconsin.
Member organizations/
~ 250 Nonprofit arts and community  organizations, corporations and businesses, economic development organizations, educational institutions (preK-12 to higher ed).  The numbers indicated represent the approximate number of members at any point in time during the year,
Member individuals ~ 200 People who care about Wisconsin’s future, including artists, performers entrepreneurs, arts supporters, business leaders, educators, local officials, community-based activists
Facebook fans (as of 12-31-16) 6,752 Information posted is liked, shared and discussed by advocates locally and globally
Twitter fans (as of 12-31-16) 4,760 Information posted on Twitter is re-tweeted continuously locally and globally
Legislative Action Center 2,850 activists Advocacy center – targeted action alerts to activists as needed
Advocacy messages through Legislative Action Center 1,014 Messages sent by activists in 2016
Wisconsin communities visited in 2016 (many more than once) – site visits, consultations, presentations, conferences 50+ Alma, Amery, Amherst, Appleton, Ashland, Baraboo, Bayfield, Beloit, Brookfield, Eau Claire, Eagle River, Egg Harbor, Fond du Lac, Fort Atkinson, Green Bay, Green Lake, Hudson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Land o’Lakes, Madison, Manitowish Waters, Marshfield, Menomonie, Mercer, Milwaukee, Mineral Point, Minocqua, Neenah, Neillsville, Pepin, Phelps, Platteville, Prairie du Chien, Rhinelander, River Falls, St. Croix Falls, Shell Lake, Spring Green, Stevens Point, Stockholm, Stoughton, Sturgeon Bay, Tomah, Three Lakes, Trempeleau, Verona, Wabeno, Washburn, Waunakee, Wausau, Whitewater, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Rapids
Creative Summits 2016 2 Presented in partnership with local arts organizations in Madison, Milwaukee and Washburn
Regional, statewide, national conference  discussions and presentations 8 Wisconsin Presenters Network annual conference, Small Town Forums (4), UW Extension Community Vitality and Placemaking Committee presentation, National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program, National Arts in Education Week reception, National Arts Advocacy Day, State Arts Action Network meetings, Americans for the Arts Annual Conference
Email/phone contacts/
conversations/technical assistance with constituents and the general public
~ 5,000 annually Answering questions, listening to ideas, providing information, resources and connections
Arts Day 2016 250 Activists came to Madison from Superior to Kenosha to speak up for state investment in the arts, arts education and creative economy
Local Arts Conference (2 conferences, March & December) 75 At least 30 different communities were represented at the two conferences
Rural Arts Management Institute 4 4 community leaders graduated in 2016
ArtsPeers Advisory Network 3 3 community-based strategic planning projects, including a ongoing consultancy with the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative
Arts in the Community
2 Presented to:

  • Creative Downtown Appleton, led by Josh Dukelow, community activist, and Paula Vandehey, Director of the City of Appleton Public Works, which enriches downtown Appleton’s urban design, public spaces, accessibility and walkability; creates a diverse, inclusive and more livable downtown, and engages the arts and culture in all aspects of community placemaking.  Click here for more info
  • Alan Nugent, business and cultural tourism leader and a founder of the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, an arts and community center for the “West Coast” of Wisconsin.  Click here for more info.

In collaboration with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and made possible with support from Heid Music of Appleton, Madison, Oshkosh, Wisconsin Rapids; Redevelopment Resources of Madison and Wausau; and Vierbicher Associates of Madison, Pewaukee, Reedsburg and Prairie du Chien

Wisconsin ArtsJobs 50+ Arts, arts education and creative economy jobs posted throughout the year