2018 Elections – State Assembly candidate responses

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Wisconsin State Assembly responses
updated 10-26-18

District 1

District 5

  • Matt Lederer, Dem
  • Jim Steineke, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 22

  • Aaron Matteson, Dem
  • Janel Brandtjen, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 23

  • Liz Sumner, Dem
  • Jim Ott, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 25

District 27

District 28

  • Kim Butler, Dem
  • Gae Magnafici, Rep (no response to date)

District 29

  • John Rocco Calabrese, Dem
  • Rob Stafsholt, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
  • Brian Corriea, Lib (no response to date)

District 30

  • Barry Hammarback, Dem
  • Shannon Zimmerman, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 31

  • Brittany Keyes, Dem
  • Amy Loudenbeck, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 34

  • Chris Meier, Dem
  • Rob Swearingen, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 39

  • Elisha Barudin, Dem
  • Mark L. Born, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 44

District 48

District 50

  • Art Shrader, Dem
  • Tony Kurtz, Rep (no response to date)

District 51

  • Jeff Wright, Dem
  • Todd Novak, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 53

  • Joe Lavrenz, Dem
  • Michael Schraa, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 55

  • Schierl, Daniel, Dem (no response to date)
  • Mike Rohrkaste, Rep – incumbent

District 59

District 67

  • Wren Keturi, Dem
  • Rob Summerfield, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 71

District 75

  • Ali Holzman, Dem
  • Romaine Quinn, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 81

District 86

  • Nancy Stencil, Dem
  • John Spiros, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 87

  • Elizabeth Riley, Dem
  • James Edming, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 89

  • Ken Holdorf, Dem
  • John Nygren, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)

District 91

District 93

  • Charlene (Charlie) Warner, Dem
  • Warren Petryk, Rep – incumbent

District 94

  • Steve Doyle, Dem – incumbent
  • Albert Rohland, Rep (no response)

District 1
Q1 – Joel Kitchens joelkitchens1@gmail.com

Q2 – Yes

Comments::

  • Living in Door County, the arts are an integral part of our tourism and contribute greatly to our economy. I work with our local arts community and continually look for ways to expand the reach in our area.
Q3 – strongly agree

Comments:   As a former school board president and current vice-chairman of the Committee on Education, I appreciate the importance of the arts in education.

Q4 -I was raised in a family that was very interested in art and it has carried over into my own family. My mother was an artist and worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum. My oldest daughter received her masters in Art History from Duke University at the same time she received her law degree. She is now legal counsel for Phillips Auction House in New York. She also sells her own art work. We have always surrounded ourselves with art, theater and music. Our family vacations often revolved around exhibits or theater productions. To live a well rounded, complete life, one needs to balance their intellectual side with their creative side.
Q5 – Yes
Q6 – Yes
District 5
Q1 – Contact info:  Matt Lederer, lederer4wisconsin@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: Not only do the creative arts bring direct value to our state, but they help to create a culturally-vibrant state that attracts businesses and a workforce interested in its community. This bipartisan initiative has my support.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments:  With two young children in the public school system, I have seen the value that arts education brings to them in terms of creative thinking and self-expression. Our public schools should provide ample opportunities for their students to participate in art and music, to provide them with a well-rounded education.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

As a stay-at-home dad, my daughters and I often work on art projects together. They love painting, drawing, working with clay, singing, and expressing themselves in many other artistic ways. I see firsthand how important these experiences are for their development on a daily basis. On a larger level, the arts are a very important part of the Fox Valley community. A large mural in Kaukauna serves as a point of public pride, and summer art and music festivals bring opportunities for people to come together, and enjoy not only the creative arts but also a shared sense of community. The impact of these events is overwhelmingly positive, economically, culturally, and socially.

Q5- Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
District 22
Q1 – Aaron Matteson aaron4assembly@gmail.com
Q2 – yes
Q3 – strongly agree

Comments: Arts are the foundation of economic innovations through creativity. We can’t just train technicians. Are has a value to the human spirit.

Q4 – I read and write. These practices improve my critical thinking and the flexibility and openness of my imagination.
Q5 – Yes
Q6 – Yes

Comments:  True art sparks the imagination and invigorates our humanity.

District 23
Q1 – Liz Sumner info@lizforwisconsin.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

It has a huge impact. As a mother of two, I’m consistently engaging my kids in arts and crafts throughout our community. I look forward to them getting more involved as they get older and want them to have multiple outlets for creativity in their life.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
District 25
Q1 – Jennifer Estrada jennifer@jenni4assembly.org
Q2- Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin. Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I am a mother of five children and four of the five play instruments and are involved in art programs at their schools. It is an honor as a mother to watch them grow and thrive and have an outlet. I myself have presented multiple times at the John Michael Kohler arts center with Voces de la Frontera banners we made representing the struggles of the latinx community.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments:  One of the major reasons i decided to run was i was tired of the legislators pockets coming up empty only when it came to our children’s education and enriching their experience.

District 27
Q1 – Nanette Bulebosh nanetteforassembly@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments:  Sounds very promising.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments:  Have long been a proponent of the arts in our schools, starting from a young age. I understand the relationship between studying music and higher math skills, for example. Beyond that, the arts simply provide a richer experience for students. They are the exciting and fun part of learning.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I was lucky to be introduced to theater at a young age, and I have never stopped being involved. I’ve acted on stage, worked behind the scenes, directed, taught drama to high school and college students and have written four short plays. I love music and dance, and I have recently become involved in Sheboygan Visual Artists, although I am not yet an official member. I happen to live not far from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. My children studied at their pre school. I have volunteered, and an a long-time member.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments:  I would love to meet with your representatives after I am elected. Let’s talk about funding the arts throughout the state, especially in the hurting rural communities.

District 28
Q1- Kim Butler, AD 28 Votekimbutler@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: I am liberal arts major, a former television producer for a PBS family science show, a Former Destination Imagination Coach and Girl Scout troop leader. I think creativity and creative problem solving are key skills for our youth. I know these abilities continue to serve me well as a candidate, volunteer, etc.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I think the arts, cultural events and creativity make us fully human, enhance our empathy and understanding of others. I have been bringing my kids to museums, from the Franconia Sculpture Park and the Walker Art Center across the river when my son was a toddler, to museums in every city we travel to. My daughter is an artist, and both kids enjoy theater, music, writing and reading. I still enjoy my daughters concerts at school and her piano recitals. I made an effort to expose my Girl Scouts to theater and museums. I see how vibrant small towns and cities that offer arts and cultural opportunities are. I want to foster that growth in my district.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
Contact info (name, email)

District 29
Q1 – John Rocco Calabrese jrcalabrese@gmail.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments:  All of the arts are integral parts of a thriving community and a well rounded life. For far too long they have been pushed aside and sacrificed at the altar of business growth and hyper capitalism. This must change.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments::

  • Some of my greatest memories, and longest lasting friendships came from my participation in arts and music in grade and high school. The arts help to expand our minds and perspectives beyond the class room and the area where we live.
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

The arts play a very large part in my family. My wife is a musician and performer who has had roles in many productions in and around the Twin Cities. She plays her music throughout the year and we have multiple acquaintances involved in a myriad of artistic endeavors. I also sing and play the piano a bit. Both our young boys are taking up instruments as well. As we teach our children, the arts and music are given the same consideration if not more than the STEM programs.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • No

Comments: The one group/PAC/conduit that I would be proudest to receive contributions from would likely be yours. Alas, our campaign is taking a strict stance against those types of donations. We are only taking individual donations no more than $200 at a time. This stance has nothing to do with the good work your group and several other groups do. It has to do with the corrupting influence of money that has strangled our political system and gravely wounded our democracy. I believe a State Assembly race is the perfect sized race to push the message of small dollar campaigns, (until we can achieve public financing of elections) I can’t make my anti-corruption point as strongly if we accept money from conduits even those I wholeheartedly agree with. However, we do accept personal donations from any individual who is so inclined. calabreseforwisconsin.com Thanks so much for understanding, and for all the work you do. If we are lucky enough to win, the arts will have a renewed seat at the table in the 29th Assembly district.

District 30
Q1 – Barry Hammarback Barry@hammarback.us
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: It is vital to support the arts and foster creativity.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: We must increase educational funding at every level, and this funding must include the arts.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

My wife operates an art and picture framing shop in River Falls. Her mother was a locally recognized landscape artist. All my children enjoy and participate in the theater arts. I enjoy music.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments:  The dissemination of the promotion of arts needs champions and money. I am honored to support the cause of arts in Wisconsin.

District 31

Q1 – Dr. Brittany Keyes, PT keyesforwisconsin@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.  Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

My husband was an art minor and very talented with drawing and painting. We have taken community based drawing classes together. We support local artists by frequenting local art galleries and supporting them as we can. We love music, attending small concerts in the park to larger ones of more well known artists. Music is a medium for us to bond, connect, recover, and unwind. We need to continue to make these types of opportunities available to all of our children as well as everyone in our communities.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 34
Q1 – Chris Meier chrismeierfor34thassembly@gmail.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin. Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

The arts have played a significant role in my personal and professional life. I love music, sculpture, literature, drama, and film. The arts and creative industries enrich our communities across the 34th Assembly. They enhance our quality of life. To quote singer/song-writer John Gorka, “If we can not make a good noise, tell me what ya doin’ here!”

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 39
Q1 – Elisha Barudin Campaign: Elisha Barudin for Wisconsin Barudinforward@gmail.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin. Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: I grew up in Chicago, IL and Brooklyn, NY. I was enrolled in fine arts through magnet program in public school. I understand and have lived the value of fine arts mixed with strong core curriculum.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: This past summer, I helped organize a Save The Arts group because our School Board wants to cut classes at the Beaver Dam Middle School which would limit the number of art, music and language classes students are allowed in 7th and 8th grade. Due to our strong organized effort, the school board delayed their vote until February 2019. They are claiming longer core classes will help students achieve higher test scores but we have many testimonials to the contrary. We will have to convince them again before their next vote. But we feel strongly this would have a detrimental impact on many students is passed.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I have been a leader for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater and served in various roles from their Production Committee, acting & I have been the children’s director for the past 2 summers. I have helped fundraising for a new Fine Arts Center and we are proud to be opening by next year.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments: I would also LOVE partnering with your organization in trying to stop the School Board in Beaver Dam from limited fine arts! We have a large group of parents and students organized! But I think if we are able to bring in your data and expert help- we may have a better chance! I am also working with the Teachers Union and have the WEAC endorsement. Thanks!

District 44
Q1 – Rep. Debra Kolste – debkolste@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin. Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • agree

Comments:  Funding has to accompany policy. No unfunded mandates.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

We love all arts esp. the performing arts. I sit on the Janesville Performing Arts Center board.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
 Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 48
Q1 – Melissa Sargent melissa@melissasargent.com 

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

Art is and always has been an important and positive part of my life – as a child, an adult, and a parent – participating in and enjoying the arts plays an vital role in who I am. Art brings people together – it adds strength to our community – it encourages growth – it empowers and gives voice to those who feel voiceless.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 50

Q1 – Art Shrader, Shrader@rucls.net
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: Growing in rural Wisconsin, I recall being told once that the only culture we had here was agriculture. I am very happy to say that this has changed, but much is yet to be done. I fully support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, creativity is not merely the domain of silicon valley and the more we can expose our society to all aspects of the humanities, the better we will be for it.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: I fully agree with this concept. Young minds in particular need exposure to a broad spectrum of learning opportunities to develop the ability to think, reason, empathize; all of which make for a stronger more diverse society.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I have no formal training, nor can I profess to understand in an academic way the various forms formal art. However, I find myself in awe at the ability of others to create…I have rarely been disappointed with this, and seek out the creative creations of others.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 51

Q1 – Jeff Wright for Assembly jeff@wrightforwisconsin.com
Q2 – Yes

Comments:  The arts have been a central part of my life. I am proud to live in a region that recognizes the quality of life and economic value of the arts. Communities like Spring Green, Mineral Point, and Monroe are defined in part by their creative economies. Beyond this, my brother (Greg Wright) is the Executive Director of CREATE Portage County in Stevens Point and consistently teaches me how important a creative economy is to making a community an attractive place for new residents and a better place for those who already reside there. I support efforts to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy.

Q3 – strongly agree

Comments:  The work of my life has been in public education. For 21 years I have taught and led in public schools and they have all had strong arts programs that benefit all students. The power of this investment should not be underestimated.

Q4 – Some of the specific ways arts, culture, and creativity have played in my life include over a decade of piano lessons, singing in the St. Olaf Choir in college, teaching my own children how to play the piano, participating in school and community theater, leading a community-wide effort in Sauk County to bring large-scale public art to a new state trail, and being a frequent participant in arts-based community activities.
Q5 – Yes
Q6 – Yes
Comments: I would be a proud advocate for the arts in Wisconsin and know that investment in the arts make our communities even better places to live.

District 53
Q1 – Joe Lavrenz, lavrenz@charter.net

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: I would want to learn more about this program but support for the arts is something that has been lacking and I feel like it would be a great step in the right direction to help with funding for the arts and other cultural projects.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments:  For all of the reasons above, I agree with helping make available and encouraging students to express their creativity.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I’ve never really been artistic or musically inclined but I have always enjoyed storytelling in video games and creating campaigns for Dungeons and Dragons or other pen and paper role playing games.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 55
Q1 – Representative Mike Rohrkaste District 55 mikerohrkaste@gmail.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: My son Jakob benefitted from a public charter high school (Appleton West) that focused on the arts, his interest was musical theater. He is now pursuing his BFA in Musical Theater at UW Stevens Point.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

See above, we also purchase season tickets at Appleton’s Performing Arts Center.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
District 59
Q1 – Timothy Ramthun, www.RamthunForAssembly.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: Respective program assessment(s) must occur to ensure any funding, especially additional, is going where it needs to and that it provides a measurable value to the student(s).

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

Stimulation of brain, focus is enhanced, helps with priority setting and keeping the mind from wandering/getting into trouble.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments:  I do not support asking for endorsements or donations so that ensure my focus and efforts are for the people, not special interests that intend to influence voting. I do however understand the importance of answering this question as ‘yes’. Please know that it is conditional based on your process, intent, and any expectations you may have…

District 67

Q1 – Wren Keturi, info@wrenforwisconsin.com
Q2 – Yes

Comments:  From local art fairs to established galleries or tours like ‘Hidden Studios’, Wisconsin’s creative industries bring aspects of diversity and vibrancy to our overall economy that don’t only make it more resilient, but generate an environment of creativity that spreads, influences and benefits many of the spaces that I would call ‘arts adjacent’. My husband, a carpenter, is evidence of this fact. Rather than simply framing walls and taping drywall, he has been able to grow his business and expand his craft because of the recognition and value of art. It has allowed him to build custom, one-of-a-kind furniture and brought him work in remodeling spaces with beauty and depth and historical accuracy. This is not because the economy is booming and people can afford such things, but rather because we live in a society that still places value on them.

Q3 – strongly agree

Comments:  To this day, I engage in the creative process of oil-based painting that I studied in high school. Cuts in funding to our public schools has put increasing pressure on administrators to cut such programming. Our kids are worse off for it and, over time, this lack of emphasis on the arts is reflected in our society and culture at large.

Q4 – I love oil-based and acrylic painting. It is a meditative exercise for me, and an invaluably fun activity. I also love to attend live theater performances, and make a point to go with my family to one special show every year. It has become our most treasured tradition to pick a play and a restaurant, and spend an evening together while enjoying the arts. In Chippewa Falls, I live across the street from the Heyde Center. Aside from being the best of neighbors, it is a place to take visitors or friends to enjoy a performance, lecture, or maybe just take in the art displayed throughout the beautiful building. These things are what give depth to our culture. They make life more exciting, meaningful, and true.
Q5 – Yes
Q6 – Yes

District 71
Q1 – Katrina Shankland katrina@voteshankland.com 

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments: I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and look forward to continue advocating for its passage. The Stevens Point area, which I represent, would greatly benefit from Wisconsin Creates and has a vibrant creative economy that should continue to be invested in.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments::

  • I’ve been deeply concerned by the move away from the arts in our public schools, colleges, and universities. STEAM is incredibly important, and without the arts, our students are not being given the opportunities they deserve to participate in our growing creative economy.
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I was lucky enough as a kid to have parents who understood my proclivity to music. I received piano lessons in elementary school and participated in several music camps for the clarinet. There I was told to take clarinet lessons at UWSP, and my mom drove me each week to Stevens Point from Wittenberg to become better trained in the clarinet. I learned firsthand the importance of the Wisconsin Idea. I still play the clarinet and recently held a fundraiser for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, where my former clarinet instructor and I played duets! I also play guitar, write music, and sing, and I love to attend the fall musicals my sister, a high school drama teacher, puts on each year. I’m lucky to have music, theater, and the arts in my life and love Stevens Point for giving me the opportunities to attend incredible shows and see beautiful art downtown.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes 
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes 

District 75

Q1 – Ali Holzman AliForAssembly@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

We are a strong arts family. My boyfriend has a pottery business and creative writing blog. His son wants to be an actor and photographer. My father is Music Director at a Lutheran church and he is teaching my daughter piano. We all love music.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

District 81

Q1 – Dave Considine, citizensfordave@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin. Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

We have an artistic family from our home decorating to my wife’s painting to my singing and flower vegetable gardening. 

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
District 87
Q1 – Elizabeth Riley, Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin’s 87th Assembly District
Rileyforassembly@gmail.com 715-699-4392. Campaign name: Riley for Wisconsin 16926 W 4th St., Hayward, WI 54843
Q2 –  Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?
My beloved late father was a lawyer—and an actor in the Eau Claire area for many years. As a former teacher and now an RN, I see first-hand how art and literature and music help define what one’s culture is—and how those things can help us become familiar with people who may have vastly different backgrounds from our own.
Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  •  Yes
District 89
Q1 – Ken Holdorf, kholdorf4assembly@gmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students.Do you:
  • strongly agree

Comments: I believe that by fully funding our public schools, UW-System, and technical colleges, these institutions will be in a better position to add and/or expand arts programs that will benefit students who desire pursuing the arts.

Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

Many jobs I performed required some level of creativity to ensure projects are completed and innovating whenever it was necessary.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes

Comments: Absolutely! I am in full support of the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin!

District 91
<Q1 – Jodi Emerson jodi@emersonforassembly.com
Q2 – Yes

Comments:  Absolutely! We need to invest more money to foster the creative economy of our state. Money to sponsor events, public art, and budding artists are so important to building a state in which people want to live.

Q3 – strongly agree
Q4 – Eau Claire is a budding art community, one of my platforms is the creative economy. Having a great artistic community helps bring businesses to an area and make it more likely that business with relocate to the area. My daughter is the Artistic Director for the newly established Eau Claire Dance Festival and has received a small grant from our CVB to help establish an event. My husband is a journalist and has used his connections with the art community (music, dance and writing) to help raise funds for marginalized populations in our city. Our lives are impacted on a daily basis by the arts and we are better for it!
Q5 – Yes
Q6 – Yes
District 93
Q1 – Rep. Warren Petryk – Warrenpetryk4assembly@hotmail.com
Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes

Comments:  Please refer to my work with Sen. Harsdorf in previous legislative sessions. It will be my intention to keep working on this initiative for the Creative Economy after I am re-elected to my 5th term in the Assembly.

Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

I have been a professional artist/entertainer for over 46 years. Music is involved in nearly every facet of my life and brings me great satisfaction on a personal and professional level. I am a strong advocate for arts in our homes, schools, and communities.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?
  • Yes
District 94

Q1- Steve Doyle, steve@doylelawoffice.com

Q2 – Background: Wisconsin’s arts and cultural organizations add energy to the economy, enhance education for all Wisconsin students, provide access to the arts and support quality of life in every corner of the state. According to January 2017 Dun and Bradstreet data, Wisconsin boasts nearly 10,000 arts-related businesses that employ over 51,000 people. The nonprofit arts sector alone provides an economic impact of $637 million. Statement: State appropriations and policies to advance Wisconsin’s creative industries (including arts, cultural, historical, humanities, science, and arts education resources) are critically important for a strong economic and innovative future in Wisconsin.  Do you support the establishment of Wisconsin Creates, an innovative state program to grow Wisconsin’s investment in its creative economy?
  • Yes
Q3 – Background: Global research and practice show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform other students on virtually every measure from standardized tests to community participation, and that learning through the arts has a significant effect on learning in other areas, particularly in the early years.The arts and creativity are a critical component of the overall education of all Wisconsin students as they engage in the 21st century workforce. Knowledge and creativity add up to a workforce with a competitive edge in a global economy. In that equation, knowledge represents what we can know; creativity helps us manage the unknown. Arts education develops that creative capacity inherent in everyone; it is the single discipline that specifically teaches the skills needed to drive creative thought toward innovative action. We know that Wisconsin needs more workers proficient in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies; to capitalize on their expertise, we must add the arts for STEAM in Wisconsin. Statement: Wisconsin should support policies and funding to increase the availability and integration of arts programs in Wisconsin’s schools, to benefit all Wisconsin students. Do you:
  • strongly agree
Q4 – Creativity has always been a basic means of human expression.  Everyone in Wisconsin is involved in the arts and creativity in some way. What role do arts, culture, and creativity play in your life, your family, your community? What impact does it have?

My family has always been involved in the arts, whether attending concerts, visiting art shows, taking dance and music lessons, enjoying the theater and symphonies, or contributing financially to many of our local arts groups and events, etc. For us, the arts are a way of rejuvenating and bringing our family closer together.

Q5 – Would you like more information on the arts, arts education, creative economy, creative placemaking, and community cultural development in Wisconsin?
  • Yes
Q6 – Wisconsin’s arts, business, education and civic leaders are motivated to advance the arts and Wisconsin Creates for Wisconsin. Would you accept contributions from the Wisconsin Cultural Citizens Conduit?