April 2021 is Creative Wisconsin Month! Presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with people, organizations, and businesses throughout the state, Creative Wisconsin Month celebrates the diversity and variety of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial arts and creative sector, demonstrates the ways in which creativity revitalizes communities across the state, and shares those stories with representatives and decision-makers.
The arts and creativity provide a means for human expression, processing the unknown, and communicating across cultures. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, before the pandemic, the creative industries leveraged more than $10.1 billion to Wisconsin’s economy and employed over 96,000 of its residents (more jobs than in the state’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries).
As the pandemic has gone on, creative businesses and workers have been devastated by the pandemic and economic fallout. And, as our nation confronts real, painful issues of racism, division, and senseless violence, we need ways to come together for community, kindness and justice. That’s where the arts and creativity come in – a powerful force, inspiring, uniting, and soothing individually and collectively.
- Kickoff on Thursday, April 1 with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton
- Watch Dasha’s interview with Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin Director – get great poetry resources, too!
- Creative Wisconsin Month proclamation from Gov. Tony Evers
- Sign on to Arts Wisconsin’s Legislative Action Center and watch for advocacy actions throughout the month.
- All sorts of trainings, panel discussions, workshops, roundtable meetings (and we keep adding more, so keep checking the schedule), including
- Advocacy 101 and beyond – how the budget process works and how to be a successful advocate (4/6/21, 10 am)
- Your community can do it too – civic, creative planning for the 21st century (4/15/21, 3 pm)
- Artists as creative and community advocates, presented in partnership with Wisconsin Visual Artists (4/22/21, 1-2 pm)
- Young arts leaders – making a life and a career in the arts (4/23/21, 11 am)
- State of Arts Funding in Wisconsin, one year later, presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network (4/28/21, 1 pm)
- Downtowns as arts destinations, presented in partnership with Wisconsin Downtown Action Council (date TBA)
There are other creative opportunities happening throughout April, including:
- Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) has been reimagined as a series of four, half-day, virtual programs, taking place on April 1, April 20, and May 6, 2021. Click here for more info.
- Americans for the Arts’ 2021 National Arts Action Summit, April 5-9, 2021. Over these five days, advocates will gain a depth of knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts and many organizational Partners in an all-virtual setting. Registration is free! Click here for full info.
Do you have suggestions about programming for Creative Wisconsin Month? Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss!