Arts Day 2019 FAQs

Arts Day 2019 FAQs

Q: What is Arts Day?

A:  Arts Day celebrates the magnificent diversity and variety of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial arts and creative sector, demonstrates the ways in which creativity enriches and enlivens people, organizations, businesses, and communities, and shares those stories with representatives and decision-makers. It’s Wisconsin’s biggest day for the arts, arts education, and creative economy.

At Arts Day, people who care about the arts and community come together for one day to:

  • Talk about the arts in their community
  • Make new friends and connect with old friends
  • Educate legislators about the importance of the arts to Wisconsin’s economy, educational system, healthy communities and quality of life.

Each year, there are representatives from small rural choirs and suburban community theaters, presenters and big organizations, economic development organizations, museums and art centers of all sizes, painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, french horn players, arts administrators and YOU joining together for this big day.

Past participants have enthusiastically reported two things about Arts Day:

  • First, they feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  • Second, they say that Arts Day is the best arts networking event of the year. This is the only time that arts lovers of all kinds gather together in one place. Through this big day, we show what a strong, vital creative sector we have in Wisconsin. Participation in events like Arts Day bring attention to the power, benefit, impact and value of the arts for Wisconsin and all of its communities.

Q:  What’s our message to legislators?

A:  Click here for Arts Wisconsin’s Creative Policy and Development Agenda and watch for the Legislative Agenda soon.

Q:  How do we get our message to decision-makers?

Q:  What will happen on Arts Day?

A: Click here for the Arts Day 2019 schedule.  Here are some highlights:

  • Hearings presented by the Assembly Committee on Community Development, chaired by Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), Room 412 East (Joint Finance Committee hearing room), State Capitol
    • 10:30 am:  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.
    • 12:30 pm:  Public hearing on Assembly Bill 66, a proposal to create a statewide creative economy development program.

All Arts Day attendees and the general public are invited to observe the hearing and register in support of Assembly Bill 66.

In addition:

  • News and action agenda on legislative and budget issues impacting the arts and creativity throughout Wisconsin
  • The Arts Day Breakfast, 8:30 – 10 am. Secretary of Tourism Sara Meaney and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga are featured speakers at the Breakfast, with a performance by Dodici, musical group from Madison East High School, directed by Luke Hrovat-Staedter
  • Constituent meetings with elected representatives
  • Arts Day Artist in Residence Faye Willems of DePere, presented in partnership with VSA Wisconsin
  • Arts showcases and exhibits at the Overture Center
  • Roundtables on creative economic and community development
  • Afternoon meeting on public art and downtown development, 2 pm, at the Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street.

Q:  Why should I attend?

A:  Here are ten (and more) reasons why you should attend Arts Day.

Q:  What if I can’t make it to Madison for Arts Day? Can I still be an advocate?

A:  Yes!  We’d love to see you at Arts Day, but you don’t have to travel to the State Capitol to be an effective advocate.  True, effective advocacy is a daily activity and can happen anytime.  Click here for Can’t Make it to Arts Day?  You can still speak up for the arts!

Q:  Who’s responsible for making Arts Day happen?

A:  Arts Wisconsin, the state’s community cultural development organization, produces Arts Day in partnership with statewide and local businesses and organizations concerned with Wisconsin’s future. Thanks to our generous sponsors!