Wisconsin Creative Summit 2018

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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.


Check the Summit schedule below!

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.  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 and the "mastermind" behind the designation of Lanesboro, MN, as an "arts campus," is 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.    Please note that if you are not able to attend the Summit, we can refund your registration fee, minus an administrative fee of $5, up to the end of the day on Wednesday, December 5.

Special thanks to sponsors 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.

Schedule (subject to change, because you never know…)

9:30 – 10 am Coffee, conversation, idea-sharing, and registration

  • While you’re checking in, getting your coffee, and saying hello, take a minute to share some thoughts with your colleagues and peers community about issues in your community.  We’ll have big pieces of paper set up and plenty of markers to use, so you can be as creative as possible.  And, if you want to talk to others about your issues, add your name and contact info (anonymous comments are ok, too).  We’ll use some of those ideas and issues to mark tables at lunch for people who want to get together to talk more.  And after the Summit, we’ll send info on a distribution list/list serve so the conversation can continue.  These are some of the questions we've come up with, and we’d love it if you post some questions of your own, too:

    • What makes you glad to be doing your work?

    • What do you worry about?

    •  What do you wish for, for you and for your community?

    • What does your community need to move forward? 

​10-11 am Introductions

11-11:30 am  - Advocacy briefing with Anne - what you need to know after the elections and into the new legislative session and state budget season

11:30 am-12:30 pm -  John Davis, keynote speaker

12:30-1:30 pm  - Networking lunch, with "topic tables” for targeted discussion

1:30-2 pm -  Museum tour

2-4:30 pm - World Café discussion  

Take a deep dive into some of the important topics and issues facing Wisconsin, its people and its communities, addressing topics of concern to Wisconsin, current and future: :

  • 21st century economic and community development
  • Education for the 21st century
  • Environmental issues
  • Ethnicity/race/immigration – access, equity and inclusivity
  • Health, wellness and a good quality of life for all

4:30 pm     Wrap up  

5 pm           Time to head home!

December 10th, 2018 9:30 AM   through   5:00 PM
700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 544
United States

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