The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy – testimony needed!

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business (SBC) held a virtual earing on The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy, scheduled on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, giving voice to the critical issues faced by the creative economy. A shout out to Be An Arts Hero/Arts Workers United, a volunteer collaborative that worked tirelessly to make the hearing possible.  To view the recording of the hearing, click here
Now it’s time to make sure Wisconsin’s voices are heard. Please send a letter of testimony to your Congressperson about the importance of the creative economy locally and statewide, and the critical need for investment into the future.  Rep. Scott Fitzgerald of the 5th Congressional District is a member of the Committee, but we want to reach all Wisconsin congressional delegates.
Here’s the info you need to submit your testimony, including a template letter.  Deadline to submit is February 3, 2022.  Send your testimony to Lauren Finks at Make it clear that your testimony is related to the Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy hearing. 
Please note:  your message should be short and impactful.  This committee is particularly interested in “recommendations for investments in key infrastructure and a roadmap for bringing arts, culture, and creativity into the center of long-term recovery.” While they are definitely still having some dialogue about COVID-related recovery questions, they’re also interested in more systemic/ongoing shifts that would help supercharge the creative economy and support creative workers. The more diverse and inclusive the testimony, the more the committee will know about the full contours of the creative economy as future legislation is contemplated.
Thanks so much for taking action. You CAN make a difference.  Feel free to get in touch with Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin ( with your questions and thoughts, and please send a copy of your message to Anne so we can track contacts with legislators. We’ll keep sharing info as we have it.
Important info:
1. From the Committee on Small Business:

2. Data & Resources An aggregated assembly of data, analysis, research, and articles about the Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy: resource created by BeAnArtsHero and .pdf of booster facts.

3. Witness list:

  • Carson Elrod the Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Be An #ArtsHero campaign, New York City, New York

  • Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR

  • Sandra Karas, Secretary-Treasurer (among many titles) of Actor’s Equity Association, New York City, New York

  • Raeanne Presley, Co-Owner, Presleys’ Country Jubilee (Presleys’ Theater), Branson, MO