Small Community Forums 2021


Register here.

The Small Community Forums provide resources and a venue for everyone who cares about the future of Wisconsin’s small (and mighty) communities. The Forums bring together residents, community leaders, elected officials, business leaders and civic-minded individuals to share best practices and discuss strategies to address the unique opportunities and challenges facing our communities.

Dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, 10/26 – Hayward
    Flat Creek Lodge, 10290 Highway 27 South
    Hosted by Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation
  • Wednesday, 10/27 – Fountain City
    City of Fountain City Auditorium (City Hall), 42 North Main Street
    Hosted by City of Fountain City
  • Tuesday, 11/2 – Spring Green
    Arthur’s Supper Club, E4885 Hwy 14 
    Hosted by Spring Green Chamber of Commerce and Arthur’s Supper Club
  • Thursday, 11/4 – Weyauwega
    Weyauwega City Hall, 109 E. Main Street
    Hosted by City of Weyauwega

Forums agenda (subject to change)

  • 7:30 am – registrations/coffee and rolls
  • 8 amwelcome and introductions
  • 8:45 am – Local Case Studies:  Stories and examples of the good work going on in the community
  • 10 am – Wisconsin by the Numbers:  Matt Kures of the Community Economic Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension will talk through economic and demographic data analyzing the strengths and weaknesses, and better understanding, of our communities.
  • 10:45 am – Roundtable Discussions 
    • Placemaking and placekeeping
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • Community engagement
  • 11:45 am – Wrap up
  • 12 noon – lunch with resource leaders 

Presented by local partners and Arts Wisconsin, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, USDA Rural Development Wisconsin, UW-Madison/Extension, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council, Wisconsin Main Street, and Wisconsin Rural Partners.

The cost is $20 per person, ,which includes coffee/rolls and lunch. Space at some locations may be limited to ensure participant safety, so register early!

Register and send a check or pay online:

  • Check payable and send to Arts Wisconsin, Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701-1054
  • Credit card via Mightycause (VISA/MC) – please note that Mightycause identifies as a donation site, but we’ll know your payment is a registration fee
  • PayPal

, or select “pay at door” option and bring cash/check (payable to Arts Wisconsin) to the Forum.

Questions? Contact Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, at