Creative Economy Advocacy Briefing

Creative Economy Advocacy Briefing
Date/time: Tuesday, January 29, 10-11:30 am
Location: Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, Ashland
Hosted by: Arts Wisconsin, Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Free and open to the public! RSVP to Arts Wisconsin at info@artswisconsin.org

Join Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, and local host Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, for a community discussion about creative economy development and growth in the Chequmegon Bay area and throughout the state. The arts and creativity are a force for change in the region and beyond, with impacts on economic vitality, dynamic workforce, education for the 21st century, vibrant communities, and engaged residents.

It’s a new year, with many civic and political changes locally, statewide and nationally: a new Governor, Lt. Governor, and administration, and new and returning state legislators and US Congressional members. Inauguration Day in Wisconsin is Monday, January 7, and the 2019-2021 state budget season will kick off when Gov. Evers introduces his budget in mid-February.

Elected officials will be making decisions about money, priorities, and programs that affect lives and communities. It’s critically important that people who care about the arts, creativity, and quality of life locally stay in the know and take action.

At the meeting, Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin Executive Director, will discuss issues, initiatives and ideas impacting the region, and willprovide an update on the state’s political landscape and Arts Wisconsin’s policy and action agenda, including:
• Composition of Wisconsin’s 2019-2020 State Senate and State Assembly
• Arts Wisconsin’s advocacy and policy agenda, with advocacy actions, with Gov. Evers’ administration and State Legislature
• Timeline of events and actions, including Arts Day 2019 on Tuesday, March 12 at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison. It’s the biggest day for the arts and creativity in Wisconsin and you don’t want to miss it.
• Update on federal elections outcome and agenda from Americans for the Arts

This is an informal, participatory discussion – free and open to the public.   Your participation will help Arts Wisconsin gather information from across the state and plan for advocacy and service to benefit everyone, everywhere in the state.

Everyone who cares about the arts and community, and the future, is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served! RSVP to Arts Wisconsin at info@artswisconsin.org (it’s not mandatory to RSVP, but it helps us know how many people to plan for).