Creative Economy Development Programs and Services

Arts Wisconsin works with everyone interested in the future of their community and of Wisconsin – including local and statewide elected officials, economic development and tourism industry professionals, business and civic leaders – to grow and expand economic and civic opportunity for everyone, everywhere in the state.

Our strategic planning and technical assistance services include:

  • presentations, technical assistance, and training on creative economy and asset-based community development and vitality, creative placemaking, and civic engagement through the arts and creativity, adapted for specific communities and situations.
  • consulting, facilitating, and planning assistance on strategic planning for community arts and creative sector development, with local government, regional development agencies, and civic leaders.  A few representative planning and consulting projects:
  • information and research
  • networking, learning and connecting
    • Creative economy listserve-a discussion group for issues, ideas, trends, and news related to the creative economy in Wisconsin:  to join, send a message with “subscribe” in the subject line, to
    • Make Music Wisconsin is part of a global celebration of music and community, happening each year on June 21, the summer solstice.  Click here to find out more about how you and your community can be involved
    • Small Community Forums – meetings in communities under 2500 population, bringing together arts, business, economic development, education, civic leaders, in partnership with League of Wisconsin Municipalities, UW-Extension, USDA Rural Development, Wisconsin Rural Partners, and Wisconsin Downtown Action Council.  We look forward to resuming these in-person Forums in fall 2021, as public health guidelines permit.
    • Creative Wisconsin Month-April 2021

Contact Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin, at 608 255 8316 | for more information and to discuss specific community needs and plans.