Wisconsin Creative Summit 2018

The Power of the Arts and Creativity for Wisconsin Wisconsin Creative Summit Come to the Wisconsin Creative Summit on December 10 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, to learn, network, and be inspired by all that the arts provide for our kids, our communities, and our state.

Wisconsin’s creative sector has the power to strengthen and revitalize communities, educate our kids for the 21st century world and workforce, and build a foundation for growth and lifelong learning – all essential for Wisconsin’s future and success.  Come to the Wisconsin Creative Summit to learn, network, and be inspired by all that the arts and creativity provide for our kids, our communities, and our state.

Elections.  Politics.  A changing economy.   Community engagement.   Education reform.  Climate change.  These are “interesting” times, to say the least.  The Wisconsin Creative Summit is happening soon after the November 6 elections and right before the start of a new year and new decision-makers.  There’s a lot we don’t know right now, but one thing is essential – it’s never been more important for people who care about Wisconsin’s future to come together to find common ground, learn from each other, and connect through community and creativity.  Interesting times indeed. 

If you are involved with and care about the arts, culture and creativity in your community as a staff member, board member, or community activist, you should attend the Summit.  It’s a learning community and a chance to tell your story about what’s happening in the arts, in your community, and around the state.   Spend the day with people who are doing the same work you are doing, facing the same challenges, exploring the same ideas.  The Summit is all about gaining knowledge, connecting with new and old friends, sharing your successes and challenges, and becoming inspired for the work ahead.

We're thrilled that John Davisformer director of Lanesboro Arts, will be the Summit keynote speaker.    John's innovative and creative work in rural arts, development, and sustainability is nationally known.  He's currently working deeply in those fields as a recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Bush Foundation.  Whatever size community you live in,  John will inspire you and make you think about the role of the arts in our communities.

At the Summit, we’ll use a “World-Café” structured conversational process to share knowledge and get in-depth on topics ranging from the arts and workforce development to the arts and the environment.  If you’ve never been part of that process before, it’s an exciting process and a great way to explore important topics and critical issues.

Your $30 registration fee (discounted registration of $25 for additional registrations from the same organization or business) covers morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and materials.    

Special thanks to sponsors (to date) Wisconsin Arts Board, Kohler FoundationLeigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and the Herbert H. Kohl Charities for their generous support, and to artist Goldie Bennett of Madison for the logo design.

Summit Schedule (subject to change):

9:30 am                       Coffee, conversation, and registration

10 am                          Welcome and introductions

11 am                          Advocacy update:  discussion with Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, about:

  • November 6 state and federal election results
  • New and returning legislators, and new legislative session, starting January 2019
  • 2019-2021 state budget season, starting February 2019

11:30 am                     Keynote speaker John Davis, former Director of Lanesboro Arts, on policies, trends, issues and ideas
                                     for the arts and community in the 21st century  

12:15 pm                     Networking lunch

1 pm    ​                        Woodson Art Museum tour

1:30 pm                       World Café discussion about the arts and…

  • environment
  • education for the 21st century
  • access and equity
  • workforce development
  • economic vitality
  • community engagement
  • government and politics
  • health
  • quality of life

...and other topics TBD.

4:30 pm                       Report out and wrap up discussion:  What have you learned today?

5 pm                            Adjourn 

Check out the Wausau Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on hotels and activities in the Wausau area. 

Get in touch with Arts Wisconsin at 608 255 8316 | info@artswisconsin.org with questions and comments.  See you at the Summit!


December 10th, 2018 9:30 AM   through   5:00 PM
700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 544
United States
Participant $ 30.00
Additional registration from same org/business $ 25.00

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