As we reach the second half of our 25th anniversary year, I want to celebrate and thank the people, organizations and businesses that have supported Arts Wisconsin since our founding in 1992.
We’re a nonprofit organization, so our support comes from a wide variety of sources, from program fees to membership donations to grants. Our most important source of funding, and really, the source of our strength, is our members and supporters. As a membership organization, the support we receive moves us forward. Membership support means we have partners on the ground throughout the state who support our mission, vision and purpose – to advance a vibrant, creative Wisconsin where the arts matter. Our members make it possible for us to do our advocacy, service and development work on their behalf.
Our wide-ranging work means that we serve an incredibly wide range of people, organizations and businesses, from nonprofit organizations to creative businesses to municipal agencies to individual artists and performers, and everyone and everything in between. Our membership base has grown from a handful of organizations and individuals when I started as Executive Director in 1995, to over 200 local, regional and statewide businesses and organizations and hundreds of individual supporters. State and local public agencies such as the Wisconsin Arts Board have also been strong supporters. And our numbers keep growing! Click here for a list of our FY2017 (7/1/16 – 6/30/17) members and supporters.
We don’t take this support for granted. Personal and organizational budgets are limited and we know we always have to make membership worth the money. That’s why we welcome feedback, good and bad, ideas, connections, and inspiration. We have always been first and foremost a service organization. For 25 years, we’ve had an ongoing conversation with our constituents around the state, so we can know Wisconsin’s concerns and stay ahead of the trends and opportunities.
In addition to thanking our current members and supporters, it’s my job as Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin to ask – are you a member of Arts Wisconsin? If not, you should be! Now, more than ever, a strong arts and creative sector and access to the arts for everyone, everywhere in the state, are critical to Wisconsin’s success, and Arts Wisconsin is leading the way as the only independent advocacy, service and development organization speaking up and working for the arts and creativity in every corner of Wisconsin. Click here for all the info you need to join as an individual or organizational supporter.
Thanks again to our members and supporters!
Anne Katz, Executive Director