- Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-7 p.m.(doors open at 4:45 p.m.) – Kenosha – Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Avenue. Click here to register.
- Monday, April 15, 6-7:30 pm – Superior – Yellowjacket Union at UW-Superior. Click here to register.
- Friday, April 5 – Janesville – Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N. Pontiac Drive
- Wednesday, April 10 – Oak Creek – Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Avenue
- Monday, April 15 – River Falls – UW River Falls University Center, Riverview Ballroom #260
- Wednesday, April 24 – Green Bay – UW Green Bay University Union, Phoenix Room
- To send a message to Gov. Evers: Click here for the comment page on the Governor’s website. Subject line: Testimony for 2019-2021 State Budget.
- To send a message to the Joint Finance Committee: Send an email to BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov, with the subject line, Testimony for 2019-2021 State Budget.
Arts Wisconsin is leading advocacy for strategic investment in Wisconsin’s creative economy and we’ve made it easy for you to speak out. Your voice matters! There is nothing that captures the attention of elected officials more than the voter point of view. This means your voice carries a special power that can make a difference.
These hearings are a step along the way towards the passing of the state budget, which is supposed to happen by June 30, 2019. It may be the case that the process goes on for longer than that, but legally, the biennial state budget is to be signed into law by June 30.
The creative economy initiative is all about helping Wisconsin identify, strengthen and expand its impressive creative resources by focusing on local programs, workforce, and businesses, leading to sustainable job growth, a growing talent pool, and community vibrancy and vitality, supporting:
- local and regional creative economic development that creates and expands jobs, businesses and income, through downtown and community revitalization, civic engagement, and cultural tourism programs
- arts and creativity in education as a deliberate and pro-active strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, ideas generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship – all qualities needed in the 21st century world and workforce.
- strengthening capacity and entrepreneurship for and in the state’s multi-faceted arts and culture infrastructure.
Please cut-and-paste the text below to send your message. Don’t forget to personalize your message with examples from your work and your community.
- To send to Gov. Evers: Click here for the comment page on the Governor’s website.
- To send to JFC: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov.
Investment in Wisconsin’s creative resources is an investment in Wisconsin’s future.
During the current legislative and budget session, please support Senate Bill 82 and Assembly Bill 66 to establish a statewide creative economy development program. These bills establish a program to help Wisconsin identify, strengthen and expand its impressive creative resources through investment in local programs, workforce, and businesses, leading to sustainable job growth, a growing talent pool, improved educational outcomes for all Wisconsin students, and community vibrancy and vitality.
Creating and sustaining places where people want to live, work and start a family are essential components to move Wisconsin forward competitively in the 21st century. Arts and culture, arts education and the creative industries play an important role in developing vibrant communities, educating and training the 21st century workforce, and building a foundation for growth and lifelong learning.
Our creative assets are critical to the future of our state. Arts, culture and creativity are integral to the Wisconsin Idea and are deeply rooted in our state’s history. Creativity is inherent in every aspect of our daily lives and creativity is a resource that every business and every community need to succeed in the 21st century.
Wisconsin’s creative sector is a force for change in my community and throughout the state. Investment in the arts and creativity leverages robust economic growth, a dynamic workforce, educational advancement, civic engagement, and vibrant communities. In our rapidly changing world, creativity and innovation are key to economic, educational and civic growth and success, and, with such abundant cultural and creative resources throughout the state.
- The arts contribute more than $804 billion to the U.S. economy, and over $9.7 billion to Wisconsin’s economy. Data released in March 2019 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACSPA) offers an insightful picture of the impact the commercial and nonprofit creative sector has on the nation’s economy. The sector contributed $804.2 billion or 4.3 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. For Wisconsin, the impact is $9,749,065,000 and 3.1% of the Wisconsin economy, contributing 94,167 jobs (compared to 31,000 jobs in the papermaking industry and 35,000 jobs in the biotech industry).
- Arts and Economic Prosperity V: The Wisconsin Arts Board and Americans for the Arts conducted a comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Wisconsin in 2016. The study reveals that local nonprofit arts organizations generate $657 million in economic activity annually, resulting in nearly $75 million in local and state tax revenues, 26,695 in full-time equivalent jobs and $555 million in resident income.
- Wisconsin’s Creative Industries: The Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Wisconsin. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. The most recent figures available for Wisconsin (2017) show that nearly 9,200 arts-related businesses employ over 50,000 people throughout the state.