Getting ready for Arts Day 2019

Thanks for making plans to attend Arts Day 2019 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Madison.  It’s the most important day for the arts in Wisconsin, and we’re glad you will be there.

As of 3-8-19:  we are finalizing our specific Arts Day 2019 Legislative Agenda right now and will send that to you by Monday morning at the latest.  Sorry for the delay, but there are many moving parts as we learn more about Gov. Evers’ budget and plans for the legislative session.  You can familiarize yourself with general issues about the importance of investment in the arts, creativity and culture through Arts Wisconsin’s Creative Policy and Development Agenda.

Important information as you get ready for Arts Day:

Arts Day features the Arts Day Breakfast, the Idea Center at Overtureworkshop sessions, exhibits, performances, roundtables, networking and learning.   I’d like to point out the schedule between 10 am – 1 pm on Arts Day.  You can choose from a variety of activities:

  • Legislative hearings in Room 412 East, 10:30 am – 1 pm, at the State Capitol:
    • At 10:30 am, the Assembly Committee on Community Development,chaired by Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), will host its first informational hearing on The Influence of the Arts on Community Development, with invited speakers from the worlds of creative, economic, community, downtown, and workforce.
    • At 12:30 pm, the informational hearing will segue into a public hearing on Assembly Bill 66, a new proposal introduced on March 7 to support a statewide creative economy development initiative.
    • All Arts Day attendees are invited to observe both hearings (you can stay as long or as short a time as you like), and to register in support of the public hearing at 12:30 pm (slips to register support are available in the hearing room).
  • Meetings with legislators at the State Capitol, 10 am – 1 pm – if you have scheduled appointments with your legislators, please send the schedule to me at
  • The Idea Center at Overture, 10 am – 1 pm:
    • Enjoy the exhibit area with our generous Arts Day 2019 sponsors
    • We’re thrilled to welcome DePere artist Faye Willems as Arts Day Artist-in-Residence, courtesy of VSA Wisconsin. Stop by Faye’s table in the Idea Center and make some art!
    • Roundtable discussions on visual arts, emerging arts leaders, and statewide planning and advocacy, and other topics
    • Community arts publications and Arts Wisconsin merchandise for sale.

What you should prepare and bring to Arts Day: 

  • Bring information about your work to drop off at your legislators’ offices during the day.Whether you have an appointment or not, it’s important to visit with your representatives and leave your info and your message with the staff so they know you made an effort to get in touch.  We’ll have copies of the Legislative Agenda for you to take with you to drop off at their offices. You can bring flyers, brochures, research reports, photos – it doesn’t have to be extensive or complicated, but shows off the work you do.  You’ll need at least two copies of the information, for your State Senator and for your State Assemblyperson.  
  • Bring flyers or brochures to display on the Resource Table and show off your work.
  • Bring your business cards to share with your colleagues.
  • Bring energy and enthusiasm to meet new and old friends!


Please get in touch with questions at 608 255 8316 or  Watch for more information as we get closer to the date. See you on Arts Day!


Anne Katz, Executive Director