Wisconsin Creates – oped template

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“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”~ President Ronald Reagan

Here at organization, we know that creativity and innovation are key to economic, educational and civic growth and success in this rapidly changing world. We also know that the arts are important to community. That’s why we provide a wide range of programs and services to help community residents of all ages participate and benefit from involvement in the arts and creativity.

We’re glad to see that the state of Wisconsin believes that creativity is essential to success in the 21st century. The State Legislature will soon consider a bill to establish Wisconsin Creates, a public/private partnership to leverage and grow Wisconsin’s creative sector.  This innovative program will be a boon to community and to the state overall.

Wisconsin Creates will invest in:

• 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 strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, idea generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship – all qualities needed in the 21st century world and workforce.

• strengthening capacity and entrepreneurship for and in the state’s diverse arts infrastructure.

The creative sector is already an important part of the economy in Wisconsin, and is rich with opportunity for growth. According to Americans for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector is a $535 million industry, resulting in $65 million in local and state tax revenues, 22,872 full-time equivalent jobs, $479 million in resident income. And, according to Dun & Bradstreet, Wisconsin’s creative sector encompasses over 12,000 businesses and employs nearly 50,000 people in full-time jobs – mostly with small, entrepreneurial companies. This initiative will help organization provide more services, strengthen local and regional partnerships, and continue to invest here in community and beyond.  Insert economic impact data, if you have it.

Wisconsin must seize this opportunity to grow its economy through Wisconsin Creates. We support Wisconsin Creates as a 21st century development strategy to help the arts and creativity work for a vibrant, innovative, and successful community and for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin.