Arts Day is just over two weeks away, and things are humming around the Arts Wisconsin office. We’re putting performances and presentations into place, and more people are registering each day. Speaking of registering, have YOU done that yet? If not, you can register right here.
Why should you attend Arts Day? Here are ten good reasons. In addition, I want to share some Arts Day don’t-miss highlights:
- First of all, the fact that hundreds of people from around the state are coming to Madison to speak with their representatives about the arts, arts education and creative economy in their communities is a profound statement that the arts and creativity are is critically important to Wisconsin, its people, and its communities.
- The Arts Day Legislative Breakfast presentation on the Youth Arts Initiative of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Bay is sure to inspire. As we all know, involvement in the arts and education is an investment for Wisconsin’s kids and the future. James Gavins, Craig Knitt, and Alex Zacarias of the Boys & Girls Club will share stories of the Club’s Youth Arts Initiative and the community engagement and education taking place for Green Bay’s middle school students. Funded by the Wallace Foundation, YAI is an after-school arts program for 10 to 13 year-olds who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be empowered through the arts. Experienced, professional teaching artists work with kids in graphic arts, dance, and music and video production, encouraging creative expression and building workforce and social skills.
- We’re also thrilled to have Madison artist Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli as our Arts Day Artist-in-Residence. Join Gabrielle to make your own gorgeous Kool Wisco art cutout. In addition to networking, learning, and speaking up with your elected officials, you can exercise your creative self with fun stencils and PanPastels, an innovative and fun art medium. Come celebrate our state, its people, its communities, and its creativity, and engage in a mini self-care recharge! Feel free to make one for your legislators too.
- There will be lots of time to talk to your colleagues, including roundtable discussions on topics ranging from cultural tourism to storytelling to new arts education research that you can use.
- In addition, we encourage you to register for the Wisconsin Creative Summit on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1 – 5 pm, also happening at the Overture Center. Come to Madison the day before Arts Day for networking and action planning with colleagues, peers and friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Sara Daleiden, nationally known leader in creative placemaking, as facilitator for our Summit. Sara will lead us in an action agenda that values investment in the arts, creative placemaking, creative economy development, and civic engagement through the arts. Make the most of your trip to Madison and participate in the Creative Summit the day before – the convening and conversation will definitely be worth your time.
Check out all the details about Arts Day and register today at www.artswisconsin.org/actioncenter/artsday2018. We know you’re busy, and that it’s hard to take a day away from your “real” life. We promise that it will be worth it. See you at Arts Day!
Anne Katz, Executive Director