Listening sessions and webinars

See archived webinars below.

Special session coming up!

  • Friday, June 19, 9 am – 12 noonRural Arts Forum presented by Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts.  The Rural Arts Forum is a chance to put our heads together, pick each other’s brains, and move our state towards recovery, re-emergence, and revitalization.The Rural Arts Forum has been presented for over 30 years at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery, WI, bringing together people involved in the arts, culture and creativity on the local level to share info, network, learn, and work towards bold, effective change.  For now, the Forum is going online.  And now, more than ever, we need to come together, because it is clear that our lives are deeply interconnected and that we must move forward with deep and meaningful collaboration that bridges divides.  We need creativity now and always.  If you are involved in the arts and community in rural Wisconsin, please join us at the Forum.Participation limited to 100 people. Register now and you’ll receive updated agenda and Zoom connection info before the session on June 19.  Click here to register.

Listening sessions with Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board
Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board host Zoom listening sessions with Wisconsin’s creative sector each Friday at 9 am and other times as the opportunity arise, to share perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on work and life, and brainstorm recommendations on actions to take locally and globally.  All are welcome to join in.  Mark your calendars and please join us!

  • Friday, June 5, 9-10 am –general session – all arts disciplines
  • Friday, June 12, 9-10 am – dance organizations, hosted with the Wisconsin Dance Council
  • Friday, June 12, 10:30-11:30 am – childrens theaters
  • Wednesday, June 17, 10-11 am – Wisconsin choirs

To participate in all Arts Wisconsin sessions:

Other sessions of note:

  • Good News Sparks Great Donors – The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling. Tuesday, June 2, 11:00 am. Presented by Krinstin Granado of Grace & Fire; hosted by  Register here.


  • Advocacy and action in the age of coronavirus and beyond, Tuesday, June 2, presented by Arts Wisconsin with special guest Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts and Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.   “May you live in interesting times,” is the phrase we live by now.  Not only have our lives and livelihoods been upended by the coronavirus, but there are important, consequential federal and state elections coming up on November 3, 2020.  Now is the time to be an informed and involved advocate for the arts, culture, and creativity.    Click here for the recording of the session.
  • Listening session with Wisconsin symphonies and chamber orchestras, hosted with the Association of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras, May 29, 2020
    Notes here | recording here
  • Listening sessions with Wisconsin community theaters 
  • Listening session with Wisconsin museums, May 8, 2020
    Notes here | recording here
  • Mobilizing the arts for older adults in the coronavirus era, May 6, 2020
    Notes here | recording here
    What is the unique role of arts / culture organizations and makers for our vulnerable elders in this moment?  A conversation with Anne Basting, Founder of Timeslips, UW-Milwaukee professor, and MacArthur Fellow, and Jennifer L. Ellis, Aging Services Professional Program Director, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Presented by Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board, in partnership with TimeSlips Creative Storytelling.
  • Webinar: SBA programs of interest to Wisconsin’s creative sector, presented on April 13 and April 15
    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Public Affairs Specialist for Wisconsin, Shirah Rachel Apple, an artist and arts appreciator, talks with Wisconsin’s creative sector about navigating the SBA’s new loan and debt relief resources.   

  • 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)​