Can’t make it to Arts Day? You can still speak up for the arts!

Can’t make it to Madison on Tuesday, March 12, to be part of Arts Day in person?  You can still speak up for the arts and creativity anytime, anywhere in Wisconsin!  Here are some ways to make your voice heard:

  • Send a message to your legislators now and anytime up to March 12 (every day is a good day for advocacy), letting them know that you believe that Wisconsin should do as much as possible to invest in its creative people, organizations, businesses and communities.  Use Arts Wisconsin’s Legislative Action Center to send a personalized message to decision-makers.
  • Cut-and-paste our Action Center template below to craft an op-ed for your local newspaper or a blog post for social media.   Make sure to personalize the article to reflect what’s happening arts and creativity-wise in your community.
  • On March 12, post “Happy Arts Day!” or something about the arts and creativity in your community on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media outlet.  Use our special Arts Day hashtag – #WIArtsDay – with your posts.
  • Got other ideas about speaking up and connecting with decision-makers?  Send an email and let us know!

Template message for newspapers, blogs, and social media:

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

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 play an important role in developing vibrant communities, educating and training the 21st century workforce, and building a foundation for growth and lifelong learning, making them critical to the future 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 our daily lives.

Creativity is a resource that every business and every community need to succeed in the 21st century.  The arts are a vital contributor to our state’s financial strength through job creation, tax revenue, business development and tourism dollars, and to our renowned quality of life in all parts of the state.

While many of Wisconsin’s historical industries are in flux, the state’s creative sector is on the rise and includes visual art, theater, music, dance and literature, as well as advertising, architecture, design, fashion, film, publishing, R & D, software, TV and radio and video games to name a few.

“Entrepreneurial traits like diversity, creativity, and resilience are critical components of success in our constantly-evolving global economy.”
~ Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin’s creative sector is a force for change throughout the state.  Investment in the arts and creativity leverages robust economic growth, a dynamic workforce, educational advancement, civic engagement, and vibrant communities.  In our rapidly changing world, creativity and innovation are key to economic, educational and civic growth and success, and, with such abundant cultural and creative resources throughout the state.

Now is the time to invest in creativity and in Wisconsin’s creative resources for a brighter future.  Wisconsin should seize the opportunity to grow and strengthen its economy, educational system, and quality of life for all Wisconsinites with investment in the arts, culture, and creativity as a 21st century development strategy.  Strengthening Wisconsin’s creative economy is a critical strategy for the state and all of its communities to compete in the global economy, educate our children, engage residents, and to develop, attract and retain entrepreneurs and a high skilled work force through healthy, vibrant communities where people want to live, work, learn, and play.

This kind of development advances systemic and pro-active strategies necessary to:

  • grow, attract and retain a talented workforce
  • capitalize on local and regional distinctive assets and culture
  • deepen connections among residents, cities, and regions, and regions to global communities and economies
  • foster innovation and entrepreneurial commercial activity to grow sustainable economies.