Take action and ask legislators to support Wisconsin Creates

Please take action to help make Wisconsin Creates a reality. Wisconsin Creates is a new statewide program to invest in Wisconsin’s creative sector for economic, educational and civic success.

Click here for the draft bill legislation.

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) are currently circulating draft legislation (LRB #2325/1) to establish this 21st century development program.  Wisconsin Creates will be a program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and will provide funds to for-profit and non-profit businesses and agencies of local government to support:

  • Economic and community development – developing jobs, businesses, and experiences in the creative sector
  • Arts and creativity in education – helping our kids succeed in the 21st century world and workforce
  • Infrastructure and capacity building – supporting creative sector for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations’ outreach, engagement and education for their audiences.
Please take action today to help make this bill a reality:  Send a message to your legislators (Senate and Assembly) asking them to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill.  Arts Wisconsin’s Legislative Action Center makes it easy for you to create a targeted email message to your State Senator and Assemblyperson.  Use the template in this message to ask your legislators to co-sponsor the bill, and please take an extra minute to personalize it with examples, stories and pix from your community.  Do it today!  Co-sponsors will be able to sign on until Friday, April 21.

As of 4-13-17, the bill is still seeking legislative co-sponsors.  It will continue to make its way through the legislative process, with hearings, committee meetings, and community engagement.  There will be many ways to speak up and get support to help get it passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  Please commit to being informed, involved, and active.  We’ll keep you in the loop.

Click here for more information on Wisconsin Creates.  When this program is established, it will be the first increase to arts funding in Wisconsin in over 20 years.  You can help make that happen.  Many thanks for taking action right now!  We’ll keep you up to date on all developments.

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