Listening sessions, webinars, conferences, grant opportunities

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Virtual events:

  • Towards One Wisconsin, a conference on diversity, equity and inclusion, October 12-13, Eau Claire
    Wherever you are on your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) journey, there’s something for you at Toward One Wisconsin. If you’re just starting out or you’re a leading activist in your community, this conference will provide best practices, insights and implementation tools to help you take the next steps. Across all sectors of business and life in Wisconsin, parallel efforts are underway to prioritize DEI. We may be in different places based on the diversity of our experiences, but we’re all traveling the same journey: Toward One Wisconsin.   The T1W Ticket Scholarship applications are now open.  Scholarship details and application here: full details on the conference, visit
  • 2021 Statewide Conference on Philanthropy, November 3-4, presented by the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network.

In-person events:

  • Creating a New Normal: The Arts in Superior in a Post-Pandemic World, two meetings on September 30, 12 pm and 5:30 pm, Superior
    You are invited to attend a creative community forum to discuss and plan for the regions creative future. Join colleagues and friends at a gathering hosted by Superior Council for the Arts and Arts Wisconsin.  More info here.
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities Annual Conference, October 20-22, Green Bay
    Join your peers from across the state to learn best practices for all things local government.   This program offers over 25 workshops, a robust trade show, keynote presentations, and plenty of networking opportunities.  Intended audience is all elected, non-elected officials & municipal staff.  Click here for info.
  • The Small Community Forums provide resources and a venue for everyone who cares about the future of Wisconsin’s small (and mighty) communities. The Forums bring together residents, community leaders, elected officials, business leaders and civic-minded individuals to share best practices and discuss strategies to address the unique opportunities and challenges facing our communities. Dates and locations:
    • Tuesday, 10/26 – Hayward, Flat Creek Lodge, 10290 Highway 27 South, hosted by Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation
    • Wednesday, 10/27 – Fountain City, City of Fountain City Auditorium (City Hall), 42 North Main Street, hosted by City of Fountain City
    • Tuesday, 11/2 – Spring Green, Arthur’s Supper Club, E4885 Hwy 14, hosted by Spring Green Chamber of Commerce and Arthur’s Supper Club
    • Thursday, 11/4 – Weyauwega, Weyauwega City Hall, 109 E. Main Street, hosted by City of Weyauwega


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

  • Webinar: Advocacy for local ARP funds to the arts, culture, and creativity, Wednesday, July 14,presented by Arts Wisconsin.  Arts Wisconsin presented a webinar on advocacy for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at the local level for the arts, culture and creativity. Click here for the webinar recording, and a toolkit to help you with advocacy in and for your community.
  • Public Art: Exploring the Possibilities, Thursday, May 27.  A cohort conversation presented by Arts Wisconsin and Wisconsin Arts Board.   Watch for the recording soon.
  • Rural Routes Webinar, 5-6-21, presented by Reedsburg ArtsLink.  More info is at
  • Check out recordings of the great discussions held during Creative Wisconsin Month, April 2021
  • 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.
  • 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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