Latest News and Actions for the Creative Sector


Arts Wisconsin is monitoring all advocacy efforts surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on the creative sector. Updates and Action Alerts will be provided as available. Emails may be frequent based on activity in DC and Madison.  Updated 4-8-20, 1 pm:

  • The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act includes emergency funding for creative sector through National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, expanded unemployment insurance, and SBA loans.   Click here for current info.
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  • Answer these important surveys from Americans for the ArtsWe need information for advocacy and action about the financial and human impacts that the COVID-19 crisis is having on arts and cultural businesses.
  • Here’s some good news:  just-released data from the US Department of Commerce and the National Endowment for the Arts shows that the creative industries add $10.1 billion to the state’s economy (up from $9.7 billion in 2016), and that there are 96,651 jobs (up from 94,167 in 2016) in the creative industries in Wisconsin. Nationally, arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $877.8 billion, in 2017.  Click here for more info.