Arts Wisconsin organizational support

Please support Arts Wisconsin’s work to keep Wisconsin creative.  Through the pandemic and beyond, our job is to keep the arts and creativity front and center as essential to Wisconsin’s future.  For over 25 years, Arts Wisconsin has been all about about growing Wisconsin creatively and equitably.

This work has never been more important than right now. As the only independent statewide organization concerned with and advocating for Wisconsin’s creative sector, we’ve been working tirelessly this year (and always). In this tumultuous time, we have jumped into action to advocate for state and federal investment in creative sector relief and access efforts, help people share concerns, ideas and issues, promote resources, research and data to frame the future, and much more.

As an industry, the creative sector has leveraged more than $10.9 billion to Wisconsin’s economy (and nearly $1 trillion to the nation’s economy), encompassing over 96,000 of its residents (more jobs than in the state’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries), according to the US Department of Commerce and National Endowment for the Arts.  Now, nationally, 63% of artists are unemployed and 59% of arts and culture non-profits are closed.  This critical industry needs help to move forward and come back with a flourish.

We’ve seen remarkable innovation and resilience throughout the state this year, and we’re proud of the leadership Arts Wisconsin has provided to champion Wisconsin’s creative sector.  We’re planning an important transformation in 2021, to grow creativity as a force for change statewide.  More details soon!

While we understand the obvious hardships of the COVID-19 crisis for the sector, whatever support you can provide will power our work into 2022 and help us give voice to the vibrant, collective power of Wisconsin’s creative sector.

Show your support in these ways:

Suggested organizational supporter amounts:

  • Credit card (MC/Visa) – click amount for payment
  • Or, send a check payable and send to Arts Wisconsin, Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701-1054

Looking ahead, we’re focused on the long-term sustainability of your organization and arts and culture overall, through:

  • Advocacy for local, state, and federal policy and legislation, to ensure access to the arts, culture and creativity for everyone, everywhere in the state.  Click here for a recap of Creative Wisconsin Month in April 2021, featuring networking, learning, and advocacy opportunities.
  • Representation with public officials, philanthropy, and other centers of power on issues like reopening, equity, access, and inclusion, and sustainability through systems change.  The FY2021-2023 state budget discussions have begun, and we will make sure investment in the arts and creativity is front and center during the process.
  • Ongoing funding opportunities for the creative sector.
  • Technical assistance, professional development, planning and consulting, and resources to help move through the pandemic and beyond.  Watch for new listening sessions and discussions starting up soon.
  • Research on the short term and lasting impact of COVID on the arts, culture and creativity throughout the state.  It’s important that we know how this unprecedented time has affected all of us, on all levels.

There’s hope on the horizon.  Creativity is leading the way and showing us what’s possible.  We pledge to do even more to speak up and serve on your behalf, with a fierce commitment to optimism, urgency, and strategic change.

Why should you support Arts Wisconsin? Here are some good reasons.

For all members and donors – make your membership work for you:

  • Check our website (www.artswisconsin.org), and social media (Facebook and Twitterfor info about programs and conferences.
  • Subscribe to Arts Wisconsin’s Legislative Action Centerbe informed and prepared, find a job, keep up with Wisconsin people, politics, and the arts, tune in to insider information, and learn the easy steps to Take Action in support of the arts, arts education and creative economy in your community and statewide.
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The only way through this is together.  Thank you for your resilience, creativity, and community spirit, and for your support.