Arts Wisconsin Legislative Agenda 2019

        Investment in the arts and creativity is an investment in Wisconsin’s future

 General talking points:  Now is the time to invest in creativity and in Wisconsin’s creative resources for a brighter future.  Strengthening Wisconsin’s creative economy is a critical strategy for the state, its people, and all of its communities large and small, to:

  • compete in the global economy
  • incubate and train a dynamic, entrepreneurial workforce
  • educate our children for the 21st century
  • engage residents
  • invigorate healthy, vibrant, authentic communities.

Creating and sustaining places where people want to live, work and start a family are essential components to move Wisconsin forward competitively in the 21st century. Arts and culture, arts education and the creative industries are critical to the health and well-being of our state.

Wisconsin has all the assets it needs to lead creatively and globally.  Arts, culture and creativity are integral to the Wisconsin Idea and are deeply rooted in our state’s history. The arts are inherent in almost every aspect of the daily lives of every resident of Wisconsin and creativity is a resource that every business and every community, of any size, needs to succeed in the 21st century.

Arts Wisconsin calls for support of:

Senate Bill 82 and Assembly Bill 66, to establish a creative economy development program, to be administered by the Wisconsin Arts Board.  This initiative is all about helping Wisconsin identify, strengthen and expand its impressive creative resources by focusing on local programs, workforce, and businesses, leading to sustainable job growth, a growing talent pool, and community vibrancy and vitality, supporting:

  • local and regional creative economic development that creates and expands jobs, businesses and income, through downtown and community revitalization, civic engagement, and cultural tourism programs
  • arts and creativity in education as a deliberate and pro-active strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, ideas generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship – all qualities needed in the 21stcentury world and workforce.
  • strengthening capacity and entrepreneurship for and in the state’s multi-faceted arts and culture infrastructure.

2019 Senate Bill 88, supporting youth apprenticeship programs, assisted by the Council on Workforce Investment, the technical college system board, and the Department of Public Instruction.  Apprenticeships can include work for young people with master craftspeople and artisans, architects, designers, media companies, and other arts businesses.

Department of Tourism: 

  • increased support for marketing and promotion means increased support for cultural tourism.

Wisconsin Arts Board

  • restoration of the Percent for Art program, acquire works of art to be incorporated into new or renovated state buildings
  • an increase in funding ($71,900) for grants to support individuals or organizations engaged in the arts and to arts incubators.

These programs are all about investing in creative people, organizations, businesses and communities, providing workforce training, encouraging partnerships and collaborations, and developing community-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin:

  • additional funding to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture.

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