Stories of Wisconsin’s Creative Economy-Northeast


„Downtown Cultural District/Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac

  • leveraging Fond du Lac’s assets and creating new facilities for arts and entertainment to encourage and stimulate business development
  • „  City-commissioned 20-year downtown comprehensive plan
  • „  Arts and Entertainment District vision plan with  government and community leader endorsement

thelma“We’re advancing a compelling, market and strategy driven vision enhancing community connectivity, economic sustainability and cultural vibrancy making the downtown a local and regional destination, including expanding entertainment offerings through the rejuvenated Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and other restoration projects, creating public spaces for special events and recruiting artists into the downtown.”

~ Kevin Miller, Director, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Fox Valley cultural development

  • Fox Cities residents attending arts or culture events spend $16/person above the cost of admission. On average, 24% of Fox Cities Performing Arts Center audiences travel from outside the Fox Cities, spending $31/person in the community. Those staying overnight spend $85+ per person as a result of their attendance at an arts event
  • The Fox Cities 2012 Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study shows that nonprofit arts and culture organizations are a significant industry generating $32.3 million in total economic activity annually in the Fox Cities region.
  • Downtown Appleton’s Mile of Music Festival attracted 15,000 people in 2013 as a catalyst for cultural change.

fox“The Fox Valley’s economic and community development strategies are all about our outstanding human and cultural resources. Our plans for the region’s future include using the arts and culture as essential tools for economic development, education, and quality of life. The arts make the Fox Valley such a great place to live, work, visit and enjoy life.”

~ Kathi Seifert, President, Katapault LLC, Neenah „

Life of the River public art initiative, Green Bay

  • „Publicly supported and privately funded public art project administered by the Green Bay Neighborhood Leader ship Council in partnership with the City of Green Bay
  • „  Celebrating the historical nature and natural beauty of the Fox River
  • „  Honored with Arts Wisconsin’s Arts in the Community award in 2010

gb“The arts are a catalyst for vibrant community development and growth, and we’re living that idea here in Green Bay.  Our “creative economy development initiative” is all about investment in economic development through the arts, creativity in education, and support of the arts sector and infrastructure throughout our city. Public/private partnerships and investment are critically important to the long-term success of these efforts on the local level.”

~Mayor Jim Schmitt, Green Bay