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 5-26-20.

  • 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!   We need information for advocacy and action about the financial and human impacts that the COVID-19 crisis is having on arts and cultural businesses.  Click here for the weekly research recap by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Americans  for the Arts
  • Here’s some good news:  data released in March by 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 in the creative industries in Wisconsin (up from 94,167 in 2016, and these are more jobs than in Wisconsin’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries).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.
  • Stories from the field:  creative sector response to the pandemic