Local officials campaign for Wisconsin’s creative sector

Local elected officials: Please speak up for the creative sector in Wisconsin’s cities and villages

Advocates – click here for a template letter to your local official

A strong creative sector is critical to local identity, provides jobs and businesses based in the community, and is essential to accelerate recovery, re-emergence, and revitalization in and for Wisconsin’s cities and villages.

Arts Wisconsin, the state’s community cultural development organization, is pleased to work in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities on programs and projects that address economic vitality, vibrant communities, and engaged residents.

We’re asking Wisconsin’s mayors, village administrators, and city council and village board members to sign on to a letter to state and federal officials showing support for their community’s creative businesses and jobs. Click here for the letter and the sign-up form.  

Wisconsin’s creative sector packs a powerful economic punch, as well as defining the unique, authentic character of a community. According to data released in March 2020 by the US Department of Commerce and the National Endowment for the Arts, the creative sector contributes $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product. In Wisconsin, the economic impact is $10.1 billion, encompassing over 96,000 full time jobs, more jobs than the state’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries.

Art fairs, summer theater festivals, outdoor music series…all are valuable local businesses that leverage revenues for other businesses and their communities through resident and visitor spending on hotels, restaurants, parking, shopping, etc. In the relatively short period of time since shutdowns began, losses in the sector have amounted to $5.5 billion nationally and over $25 million statewide, according to Americans for the Arts.  These numbers that will grow as the effect of summer event cancellations is felt throughout the state.

“The arts and culture sector is an essential vehicle for healing and the equitable and sustainable redevelopment of cities and villages throughout Wisconsin,” says Jerry Deschane, League Director. “We encourage local officials to consider this investment for economic vitality, vibrant communities, and civic engagement.”

More info about the state’s creative sector is at www.artswisconsin.org. Please get in touch with Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, 608 255 8316 | akatz@artswisconsin.org with questions and comments.

Template letter to local officials (mayors, village administrators, city council and village board members).  Cut and paste this message (and add specific info about your work and the community) to ask your local officials to sign on to the letter.

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Dear -,

As you know, a strong creative sector is critical to our community, enhancing local identity and providing local jobs and businesses, and is essential to accelerate recovery, re-emergence, and revitalization as we move through the pandemic and beyond.

I’m writing to ask you to sign on to a letter to state and federal officials showing support for their community’s creative businesses and jobs. Click here for the letter and the sign-up form.

Arts Wisconsin, the state’s community cultural development organization, is leading this campaign in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

Wisconsin’s creative sector packs a powerful economic punch, as well as defining the unique, authentic character of a community. According to survey results released in March 2020 by the US Department of Commerce and the National Endowment for the Arts, the creative sector contributes $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product. In Wisconsin, the economic impact is $10.1 billion, encompassing over 96,000 full time jobs, more jobs than the state’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries.

Art fairs, summer theater festivals, outdoor music series…all are valuable local businesses that leverage revenues for other businesses and their communities through resident and visitor spending on hotels, restaurants, parking, shopping, etc. In the two months since shutdowns began, losses in the sector have amounted to $5.5 billion nationally and over $25 million statewide, according to Americans for the Arts.  These numbers that will grow as the effect of summer event cancellations is felt throughout the state.

Thank you for signing on to the letter and showing your support for our community’s creative economy.  Please call on our organization as a resource about community cultural development and vitality.

Sincerely,

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