Creative Economy Week 2019 proclamation

STATEWIDE | MAY 11 – 18, 2019

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The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin are co-hosting the third annual statewide Creative Economy Week¸ promoting and celebrating civic engagement through the arts and creativity, creative economy initiatives, and creative placemaking in Wisconsin’s communities, May 11-19, 2019.  Creative Economy Week’s focus this year is on Wisconsin’s museums, including arts, history, heritage, nature, science, and children’s museums, throughout the state.

Please celebrate Creative Economy Week in your community by having your city or village adopt the 2019 Creative Economy Week proclamation (text below).  Feel free to customize the proclamation with a few examples from your community.

Send a copy of your proclamation to Arts Wisconsin at   Your proclamation will be shared online and on social media in April and May via the League and Arts Wisconsin. Get in touch at with any questions. Thanks!


We declare the week of May 11-18, 2019 as Creative Economy Week throughout Wisconsin, to celebrate and promote the arts, creativity, and vitality in and for the state, its communities and its people, and: 

  • recognize that investment in creative economy development, creative placemaking, and civic engagement through the arts, heritage, and creativity are important to the health and vibrancy of our community and its future. Museums in particular play an essential role in cultural and social life across Wisconsin, telling our stories, preserving our heritage, interpreting the past, and exploring the future. Each year, more than 850 million visits are made to US museums from all across US society.
  • appreciate that creative economy development and community cultural engagement are directly related to economic vitality, a dynamic workforce, education for the 21st century, engaged residents and a community’s vibrancy and success.
    • According to Dun and Bradstreet, there are nearly 10,000 businesses in Wisconsin involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, ranging from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies.
    • The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts report that nationally, the arts and cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion or 4.3% to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. For Wisconsin, the arts and cultural sector impact is currently $9,749,065,000 and 3.1% of the Wisconsin economy, contributing 94,167 jobs (compared to 31,000 in Wisconsin’s papermaking sector and 35,000 in the state’s biotech industry).
    • The total economic contribution of museums in 2016 amounted to more than $50 billion in GDP, 726,200 jobs, and $12 billion in taxes to local, state, and federal governments.
  • acknowledge that the arts spark creativity and innovation. The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders, with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd ” Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
  • celebrate impressive creative economy activities, projects and initiatives, such as education and engagement programs at museums, revitalization initiatives, and civic engagement projects, happening in communities across Wisconsin during Creative Economy Week.