Creative Economy Week 2018 proclamation

MAY 12-19, 2018

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin are co-hosting the third annual statewide Creative Economy Week¸ promoting and celebrating the creative economy in Wisconsin’s communities, May 12-19, 2018.  Learn more at the League’s and Arts Wisconsin’s websites and in the May issue of the Municipalities magazine.

Below is the statewide proclamation for Creative Economy Week.  Mayors and city/village administrators are asked to add their community’s name to the proclamation below.  Just send a message saying “we’ll sign on to the Creative Economy Week proclamation” to Arts Wisconsin at  Check out the signers at the end of the proclamation.  This will be shared widely, online and on social media, in April and May via the League and Arts Wisconsin.  Thanks!


These Wisconsin cities and villages declare the week of May 12 – 19, 2018 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 and creativity are important to the health and vibrancy of the community and its future;

… appreciate that creative economy development and community cultural engagement are directly related to economic vitality, education for the 21st century, engaged residents and a community’s vibrancy and success;

… celebrate many impressive creative economy activities, projects and initiatives, such as education programs at arts centers, revitalization initiatives, and civic engagement projects, happening in communities across Wisconsin during Creative Economy Week;

… support investment in local creative economies as critical for local and statewide success for these reasons:

  • The arts mean business. According to Dun and Bradstreet, there are nearly 9,200 businesses in Wisconsin involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ over 50,000 people—representing 3.2 percent of the state’s businesses and 1.4 percent of its employees (businesses range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies)
  • The arts add to the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, providing 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture. In Wisconsin, the nonprofit arts industry generates $657 million in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), supporting 22,872 jobs and generating $64.9 million in state and local government revenue
  • The arts engage. Attendees at Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts events spend $19.06 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters. Nine percent of the 9.4 million nonprofit arts attendees come from outside of Wisconsin. Those 806,000 attendees spend nearly twice as much as residents ($33.02 vs. $17.73), valuable revenue for businesses and communities statewide;
  • The arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown steadily since 2003 (18 to 28 percent).
  • The arts are an export industry. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion—a $47 billion arts trade surplus.
  • 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.
  • The arts have social impact. Research shows that a high concentration of the arts in a community leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, lower crime and poverty rates. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the cities and villages below that the week of May 12-19, 2018 is Creative Economy Week, to celebrate and promote the arts, creativity, and vitality in Wisconsin and all of its communities.


City of Altoona, Brendan Pratt, Mayor

City of Appleton, Tim Hanna, Mayor

City of Ashland, Debra Lewis, Mayor

City of Baraboo, Mike Palm, Mayor

City of Eau Claire, Dale Peters, City Manager

City of Green Bay, Jim Schmitt, Mayor

City of La Crosse, Tim Kabat, Mayor

City of Manitowoc, Justin Nickels, Mayor

Town of Minocqua, Mark Hartzheim, Chairman

City of Oconomowoc, David Nold, Mayor

City of South Milwaukee, Erik Brooks, Mayor

Village of Pepin, Vern Seifert, Village President

City of Platteville, Karen Kurt, City Manager

City of Rhinelander, Chris Frederickson, Mayor

City of Waukesha, Shawn Reilly, Mayor

Village of Waunakee, Todd Schmidt, Administrator

City of Waupaca, Brian Smith, Mayor

Village of Wild Rose, Michelle Klapoetke, Clerk/Treasurer

City of Wisconsin Dells, Ed Wojnicz, Mayor

City of Wisconsin Rapids, Zach Vrunick, Mayor