Arts Action Center

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
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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.

Talking points about the arts, arts education, and creative economy

Wisconsin arts issues

Stories:  Wisconsin’s Creative Sector

National arts issues – updated often

General advocacy information and inspiration

Connecting with elected officials and decision-makers

Directories and Information

Connecting with candidates during election season

Organizing in your community