Arts Day 2019


Investment in the arts and creativity is an investment in Wisconsin’s future.  Arts Day 2019 on March 12, 2019 celebrated the diversity and variety of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial arts and creative sector, demonstrated the ways in which creativity revitalizes communities across the state, and shared those stories with representatives and decision-makers.

Arts Day and pre-Arts Day Wisconsin Creative Summit participants came from nearly fifty Wisconsin communities: Appleton, Baileys Harbor, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Brookfield, Darlington, DePere, Eau Claire, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Fitchburg, Glendale, Green Bay, Hartford, Kenosha, Kohler, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Merrimac, Merrill, Middleton, Milwaukee, Mineral Point, Monroe, Neenah, Oak Creek, Oneida, Platteville, Prairie du Sac, Reedsburg, Rhinelander, Sheboygan, Sinsinawa, Stevens Point, Spring Green, Sun Prairie, Superior, Sturgeon Bay, Tomahawk, Verona, Waukesha, Waunakee, Waupaca, Wausau,  Wauwatosa, West Allis, Whitewater, and Wisconsin Dells.  Click here for the participant list.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary-designate Sara Meaney, and the new Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga (learn more about Margaret here), are featured speakers at Arts Day.  In addition, we were pleased to welcome artist Faye Willems of DePere as the 2019 Arts Day Artist-in-Residence, courtesy of VSA Wisconsin.

Two special legislative hearings happened on Arts Day, presented by the Assembly Committee on Community Development, chaired by Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha):

  • Informational hearing on The Influence of the Arts on Community Development, with invited speakers from the worlds of creative, economic, community, downtown, and workforce development, including performances by Dustin J. Skenandore from the Oneida Nation Arts Program and Quinn Hendrickson and Rihani Zaiani from Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Teen Council.
  • Public hearing on Assembly Bill 66, a proposal to create a creative economy development program.

Click here for the WisEye video of the hearings.

 Contact Arts Wisconsin at 608 255 8316 | with questions and for more information about the arts, arts education, creative economy and creative placemaking in Wisconsin.