Reimagining the Future of the Arts nationally and in Wisconsin

Join Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board to share ideas, information, and inspiration, in a series of conversations about the (reimagined) future of the arts, culture and creativity throughout our state.

The national series:  The Wallace Foundation is hosting a five-part national webinar series, “Reimagining the Future of the Arts.” The series brings together a diverse set of leading experts in the field to facilitate conversations around some of the most pressing issues facing the arts sector today, grounded in research commissioned or supported by Wallace.

And the Wisconsin series:  Following each Wallace webinar session, Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board will host a series of conversations on reimagining the future of the arts throughout the state.

Please join Karen Goeschko of the Wisconsin Arts Board and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin for a bi-weekly debrief and idea-sharing session.

Both series will ask: what will the future be like for nonprofit arts organizations? Strengthening community engagement, inclusion, and organizational health have long been on the minds of nonprofit arts leaders around the country. The global COVID-19 pandemic and the national conversation about racial justice and equity make such questions even more urgent.

Registration for both series is free and open to all.  Here are the dates for you to know (all times Central):

Wallace Foundation webinars:

  • Wednesday, October 21. This first session examined “what audiences want from the arts as the pandemic rages on.” Panelists in the first installment of Wallace’s arts conversation series examined how COVID-19 and urgent conversations about racial justice are transforming the arts.  Click here for the session information.
  • Thursday, November 5, 12-1 pm.  Question:  “What can we learn about organizational health from “high-performing” and “turnaround” arts organizations?” The session will begin with a brief overview of the study, The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, which analyzes commonalities across two groups of high-performing organizations, offering insights into how they achieved organizational health by linking strategy and financial sustainability.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 12-1 pm. This session will focus on how organizations can plan for the future utilizing the recently released Scenario Planning Tool developed by AEA Consulting.
  • Wednesday, December 2, 12-1 pm. Question TBA
  • Wednesday, December 16, 12-1 pm Question TBA

Register here for the next session. Each session will also be recorded and posted here when available.

Wisconsin conversations:

  • Friday, October 23, 9-10 am. Discussion question: “What do audiences expect from the arts and how can organizations respond?”
  • Friday, November 6, 9-10 am. Discussion question:  “What can we learn about organizational health from “high-performing” and “turnaround” arts organizations?”  Click here for session notes.
  • Friday, November 20, 9-10 am. This session will focus on how organizations can plan for the future utilizing the recently released Wallace Foundation Scenario Planning Tool developed by AEA Consulting. 
  • Thursday, December 3, 9-10 am. Question TBA
  • Friday, December 18, 9-10 am. Question TBA

If you signed up for the first session, you’re already registered.  If you haven’t signed up yet, complete the registration form here Everyone will receive a Zoom link before the date.

Questions?  Contact Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin.


Arts Organizations’ Early Response to COVID-19 Uncertainty: Insights from the Field
AEA Consulting | The Wallace Foundation

Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts and Culture Sector
The Wallace Foundation