Listening sessions and webinars

See archived sessions below.

Coming up – all are welcome to join in:

  • Friday, August 7, 10-11 am:  Advocacy update with Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin.    Congress is in session now through August 10th, and they are making some big decisions about funding during and through the pandemic.To keep our constituents informed and in the loop, Arts Wisconsin will be holding drop-in Zoom advocacy briefings on Friday, August 7:  drop-in, zoom office hours.   This is your opportunity to get the latest info and learn about advocacy opportunities to make a difference. To participate in this Arts Wisconsin session:
  • Thursday, August 13, 11 am-12 noon:  Thursdays with AARP Wisconsin:  The Arts and Livable Communities – Anne Katz, Executive Director.  Watch live at AARP Wisconsin’s Facebook page.
  • Friday, August 14, 9-10 am:  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 to share perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on work and life, and brainstorm recommendations on actions to take locally and globally.   These sessions happen every other Friday at 9 am as a general session for people to update what’s happening with them, share ideas and concerns, and discuss important issues.  To participate in this session:


  • Rural Arts Forum, June 19, 2020
    Notes here | Recording here
  • Listening session with Wisconsin’s choirs, June 17, 2020
    Notes here | Recording here
  • Listening session with Wisconsin’s childrens theaters, June 12, 2020
    Notes here | Recording here
  • Listening session with Wisconsin’s dance community, presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Dance Council, June 12, 2020
    Notes 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)​