Listening sessions, webinars, conferences

Wow, there’s a lot of good stuff coming up!

  • Lots of great sessions during Creative Wisconsin Month, going on through the month of April 2021
  • Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point is pleased to introduce a new seven-week virtual and interactive workshop series designed to help artists of all types explore a variety of topics critical to their success as creative entrepreneurs.  Led by Galena, IL-based woodworking artist and entrepreneur Paul Pendola, these virtual workshops will share a format: The first portion will consist of a presentation by Paul, and in some cases, include invited experts in the field. The remainder of the session will be given over to Q & A. Students are invited to submit a case study prior to the workshop. Every effort will be made to address your particular situation, time permitting. To register for one or all sessions, which are priced at $50 each, see

  • No Studios, the Milwaukee creative arts hub founded by Milwaukee native and Oscar winner John Ridley, has announced a new artist grant program, pledging to give up to $100,000 in grants each year to help Wisconsin artists, especially those in historically underserved populations, complete their artistic projects. The program is being administered by gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator for the creative economy. More info here

  • Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) has been reimagined as a series of four, half-day, virtual programs, taking place – next on April 20 and May 6, 2021.  Click here for more info.
  • The Arts Midwest GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund is designed to provide support to Midwestern arts organizations as they re-build and re-imagine during the continued uncertainty caused by COVID-19.  Grants of $2,500 will support costs associated with engaging artists in community experiences as safely as possible given the current circumstances of the pandemic. Grants can be also allocated be towards capacity building work. Applications are due on May 3rd, 2021.

For your review:  catch up on 2020-2021 listening sessions, webinars, and other events of interest 

  • Americans for the Arts presented the 2021 National Arts Action Summit, April 5-9, 2021. Over these five days, advocates gained a depth of knowledge from policy experts at Americans for the Arts and many organizational Partners in an all-virtual setting.       Click here for recordings and other info (available soon).
  • Presentations on COVID public health issues and the arts, with Dr. Laura Cassidy, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), presented by Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board
  • The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) presented a webinar on February 9, 2021, to help people navigate the new Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide, which offers,
    • a curated selection of federal funding sources that you can use to advance equitable community development
    • examples of initiatives that have transformed local community development efforts through creative partnerships, and
    • practical tips on accessing federal grant programs.
  • Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board presented a virtual information session for Wisconsin arts organizations with Dr. Laura Cassidy, Professor and Director of Epidemiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, on January 29, 2021Click here for the webinar recording and resource info.
  • “Shuttered Venue Grant” (previously known as “Save Our Stages”) program – presentation by SBA, 1-14-21. Click here for YouTube video.
  • What’s in the new Federal Relief Bill?  Arts Wisconsin Director Anne Katz reviewed the new Federal Pandemic Relief package (click here for info about the legislation) announced by Congress including Federal Unemployment Assistance, a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, and the $15 Billion “Save Our Stages” grants for live performance venues, performing arts, movie theaters and museums.  Click here for the session recording and more info.

  • PPP Forgiveness Options and Income Tax Implications on Receiving CARES Act Grants, Loans, or Unemployment Compensation, presented by Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund, 12-18-2020.    To access the recording:
    • Visit the event page
    • Locate the box on the right hand side with the title of the webinar
    • Click on the box
    • Click the orange “View Video” button
  • Scenario planning for arts organizations, 12-18-20, with the Wisconsin Arts Board

See the RESOURCES tab of the event page for additional resources.

  • Town Hall for Wisconsin Artists and Creative Workers on Tuesday, December 1.  A statewide forum to share your insights about what should come next in the recovery and stability of WI’s arts ecosystem.   Hosted by the Wisconsin Arts Board in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, Association of Wisconsin Artists, Backline|gener8tor,|gener8tor, Film Wisconsin, gener8tor, Imagine MKE, Mary Nohl Fellowships, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, Wisconsin Dance Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.  Town Hall recording here.
  • Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned), HowlRound, 3-16-20
  • “COVID-19 Recovery for Community Theatres” – AACT/Hytropy Reverse Disaster, March 31 (recording)
  • “COVID-19 and Your Nonprofit: Crisis Comms, Fundraising and Event Considerations for Challenging Times​” – Tuesday, March 17 (access the webinar here​)
  • We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises & Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus” – Wed., March 18 (read the transcript here​; recording coming soon)
  • “Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts” – Performing Arts Readiness, 3-24-20 (access the webinar here)​

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