- Caleb Frostman, Dem – incumbent
- Andre Jacques, Rep (no response to date)
- Julie Henszey, Dem
- Dale Kooyenga, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
- Kyle Whelton, Dem
- Devin LeMahieu, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
- Michelle Zahn, Dem
- Scott Fitzgerald, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
- Lee Snodgrass, Dem
Roger Roth, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
- Lori Hawkins, Dem
- Van Wanggaard, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
- Chris Kapsner, Dem
- Kathy Bernier, Rep (no response to date)
- Janet Bewley, Dem – incumbent
- James Bolen, Rep (no response to date)
- Jon Erpenbach, Dem – incumbent
- Casey Helbach, Rep (no response to date)
- Richard Pulcher, Dem
- Rob Stafsholt, Rep – incumbent (no response to date)
Comments: I think that efforts to invest in Wisconsin’s creative economy strengthen our state. I come from a family of professional artists, so I understand the value of art endeavors and the funding for them.
- strongly agree
Comments: One of the main reasons I’m running for State Senate is to increase K-12 education funding for all subject areas, including arts education.
I will first just rattle off my experience with music. – My husband is a semi-professional musician and a singer/songwriter. He has put out several “folk-inspired rock” (my words, not his) CD’s over the past 35 years. He is well known in the metro music community for people in that genre who are over 50. – I took piano lessons — serious lessons — for six years. – In high school, our jazz band won the state championships three years in a row. I was the lead sax player. I went to jazz improvisation camp and took private lessons in the summer. – I also tried playing bagpipes for two years in high school. We had to drive an hour to my teacher’s house for lessons once a week. The impact of this has been a life-long appreciation for artists themselves, their devotion to their work, and the performances that they deliver for a community’s enjoyment and reflection opportunity. It is the reflective piece that consumes me more. We get to explore elements of ourselves when we experience something powerful in art. Those insights can move us to view the world differently, as we change our lens just a bit. Nothing is more exciting than that kind of growth.
As the next State Senator from the 5th District I will look for ways to work with Arts Wisconsin to support our creative economy and the arts in our community.
Comments: I support finding ways to bolster and grow Wisconsin’s vibrant creative economy. I look forward to working with stakeholders to learn more about this proposal.
Comments: As a School Board Member, I know the importance of the arts in ensuring our students are well-rounded and develop critical thinking. I strongly support increasing the funding for public education so that we have the resources to fully support arts curriculum for all students.
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Comments: Of course I support the arts. It would be nice, though, to have more information about plans to fund this program.
- strongly agree
The arts have always played a major part in my life. I am a firm believer that they can and should play a major part in everyone’s life.
Comments: I have run a very low profile campaign to date because I want to prove that it can be done without major funding, but I could use a little extra money in these last weeks for media ads. The more I have, the more I will spend on ads. Radio, newspapers and social media.
Comments: I read the text of both bills and and am in support.
I am fortunate to live in Appleton and the Fox Valley which has placed a big emphasis on arts in the community from our public murals, Art Walk events, Public art and sculpture programs as well as being near Lawrence University who bring their own musical and art events and opportunities to our community. My son is a jazz musician and is a member of Fox Valley Youth Symphony and we are regular participants in arts and arts related programs.
Comments: The Wisconsin Creates program has the potential to help create jobs and promote tourism throughout our state. Even though the legislation was unanimously approved in committee, I was saddened to see that it wasn’t passed by the legislature. I look forward to learning more about the legislation and working to see it pass in the next session.
Comments: It is no secret that Wisconsin’s schools are desperately underfunded. One of my top priorities as State Senator will be to restore funding to K-12 education. This includes making sure arts programs have sufficient funding as well. Students succeed when they have a well-rounded education, including everything from math to choir and from writing to painting.
Comments: I believe that Wisconsin’s vibrant creative economy is a driving force behind the economic success of many communities across our state. I support efforts to strengthen our creative economy and I look forward to learning more about this proposal.
Comments: I support efforts to increase K-12 education funding for all subject areas, including arts education. I believe that providing students with access to arts curriculum is an important part of a high quality education.
I agree that creativity is everywhere. My children have enjoyed Drama Club and Visual Arts Classic competitions. As a family, we have watched plays at the Mabel Tainter Theater, enjoyed art shows at the State Theater in Eau Claire, and attended the symphony in Minneapolis. We seek out museums wherever we visit, so we get a look at the culture, values, architecture of those that came before us.
Comments: I look forward to working with Arts Wisconsin to support our creative economy and the arts in our community.
Comments: I have many questions about how this entity would be structured.
- strongly agree
Comments: The arts provide for students the most direct access to the imagination than any other discipline. Poverty and trauma destroy the ability to imagine any possibility of a different or better life. The arts open students minds to hope , and to believe that beauty can exist in their lives.
The arts have often provided resilience through difficult times for me and my children.
Comments: As the middle class shrinks and poverty divides us into rich and poor, we must provide students with access to the power and hope of creativity.
Comments: Yes. I support efforts to strengthen Wisconsin’s vibrant creative economy. I look forward to learning more about this proposal and working with Arts Wisconsin as a legislator.
Comments: I support efforts to increase K-12 education funding for all subject areas, including arts education.
The arts really provide an outlet for creativity. I am particularly interested in how art can help as a form of therapy–for mental health and substance abuse. It also enriches our lives and enhances the vibrancy of our community.
Comments: Innovation is dead without creativity.
Comments: Your job allows you to live. The arts make life enjoyable.