Talking points about the arts, arts education, and creative economy
Wisconsin arts issues
Stories: Wisconsin’s Creative Sector
National arts issues
General advocacy information and inspiration
Connecting with elected officials and decision-makers
Directories and Information
The times call for creative, pro-active, positive, and vigilant leadership. Use Arts Wisconsin’s Arts Action Center to stay informed and be involved.
Latest Action Alerts:
- Take Action Now to ask Gov. Evers to support investment of $20 million in ARP funds over the next four years, to address the relief, recovery, and resilience of Wisconsin’s creative people, organizations, businesses and communities, through the Grow Wisconsin Creatively Resilience Fund. In addition to sending your message to Gov. Evers, use this form to sign on as a supporter of this campaign.
- Ask your legislators to cosponsor legislation to create a Rural Creative Economy grant program: Beginning in 2022, $500,000 will be made available to provide much needed state support to economic development, promotional organizations, and local government agencies for the purpose of cultural planning and creative economic development programs in rural communities, those with a population of 20,000 or less. This program provides rural areas with the jumpstart they need to build their local economies and enhance their tourism and community cultural development efforts. Additionally, this funding will help level the playing field with our neighboring states, which vastly outspend Wisconsin in arts and creative economy development, and with metropolitan areas with large philanthropic donors.
Details about the American Rescue Plan: The American Rescue Plan includes an extension of federal unemployment programs, more funding and flexibility for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), an expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) through the end of 2021, $135 million in arts relief through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and $350 billion in relief to state, county, and municipal governments that could be used for additional relief for the arts sector. Click here for general info about ARP state and local funds, and advocacy info about state/local funding Thanks to our colleagues at Arts North Carolina for this summary.
- Arts Wisconsin’s Legislative Action Center – sign up for easy online advocacy
- Talking points about the power, benefit, value and impact of the arts
- Facts and figures on the arts, arts education and creative economy in Wisconsin
- Ten Reasons to Invest in Wisconsin’s Creative Sector
- 21st Century Wisconsin reports on exciting opportunities for growth and success throughout the state, produced by Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, 21st Century Wisconsin (PDF), 2018
- 2021 Creative Policy Agenda – growing Wisconsin’s investment in the arts and creative economy
- The Arts and the Creative Economy: Creativity for all in Wisconsin
- State Arts Agency funding information from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
- Create The Vote Wisconsin: a nonpartisan campaign to raise awareness and support for arts, culture, + creativity among voters and candidates in 2020
National arts issues – updated often
- Advocacy in “Interesting” Times – blogpost by Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin, January-February 2016
- Resources from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, February 2017
- Five Essential Arts Arguments summarizes key talking points that are especially timely in today’s policy environment.
- Fact vs. Fiction: Government Arts Funding debunks common myths regarding public support for the arts.
- You Can Shape Policy provides advocacy action recommendations along with useful advocacy dos and don’ts.
- Six reasons why you should be an advocate for the arts, arts education and creative economy
- Dos and Don’ts of advocacy
- Everyday Advocacy for Nonprofits, from the National Council on Nonprofits
- Sign up and be counted–get your Dun and Bradstreet number to be included in creative economy research!
- Wisconsin State Legislature 2020
- Developing an effective message
- Influencing the legislative process: a brief outline
- All about the state budget process, from the Wisconsin Budget Project
- How a bill becomes law in Wisconsin
- Ten tips for making an impact on your legislator best teether
- Connecting with your elected officials on Arts Day
- Taking the lead to help elected officials display art in offices
- Your current state legislative elected officials
- The Wheeler Report – daily news about politics in Wisconsin