News from Arts Wisconsin  
Vol. 6, Issue 10 |  October 2017
 You are receiving this newsletter because you care
about the arts, arts education, creative economy and creative placemaking in Wisconsin.
Pamela Callahan's studio, Otter Creek Arts, Highland |
In This Issue
Arts Wisconsin Links
Dates to note 
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Arts Advocacy and Visibility
Wisconsin Creates - growing Wisconsin creatively
Wisconsin Creates, a new program to invest in Wisconsin's creative economy, is moving forward!   Senate Bill #284  and  Assembly Bill #393, to establish the program,  are currently up for review in the Legislature, with legislative hearings scheduled in October.  

This 21 st century development program will be a program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and will provide funds to for-profit and non-profit businesses and agencies of local government to support:
  • 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 for all students as a critical strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, idea generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship - all qualities needed in the 21stcentury world and workforce
  • Infrastructure and capacity building - supporting creative sector for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations' outreach, engagement and education for their audiences.
Click here to send a message to your legislators to support Wisconsin Creates.  When this program is established, it will be the first increase to arts funding in Wisconsin in over 20 years and will mean the possibility of more funding for the arts and creativity throughout the state.  Take action today!
Programs and Services

 Arts Wisconsin, in  partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities , will present the ninth annual  Arts in the Community Awards  on Thursday, October 19, 2017, during the League's 119th
annual conference in Appleton, WI These awards honor civic leaders and
 communities throughout Wisconsin for championing the arts as integral to economic, educational and community vitality and success.

The 2017 Arts in the Community Award honorees are:

Mark Elliott, Executive Director,  Northwest Passage, Webster, WI 
Mark Elliott has led Northwest Passage, which provides innovative residential mental health  services to at-risk youth ages 12-17 and their families through innovative mental health services, since 2000.   NWP's cornerstone therapeutic arts program is In a New Light, using photography as a medium for expression and healing.  Since 2012, photography art by NWP youth has been supported by the National Park Service and other national, state and local funders, and has been exhibited in more than 40 locations locally and nationally. 

The In a New Light Gallery in Webster showcases NWP students' artwork  to the public, giving youth a platform upon which to use their art to rewrite society's narrative about themselves and o ther vulnerable youth like them. The gallery has filled a decade-old arts and culture void in th e area and is one of the only art galleries in Burnett County. 
Since 2012, the City of Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services has been committed to ensuring that public art is created in neighborhoods with, by, and for the residents of that neighborhood, reclaiming public space through art as sources of pride for residents and the community.  The Department of Neighborhood Services has historically been involved in fighting blight through correction of building code violations.  The outreach beautification effort s leverage building knowledge and community connections to support a multi-faceted outreach section that partners with community groups, artist collectives, and residents to create public art that is reflective of Milwaukee's rich diversity and heritage. The most recent public art project , Sherman Park Rising led by artist Tia Richardson, was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.

We're grateful to our generous sponsors:
Looking forward to honoring the awardees at the League of Municipalities conference!

Arts Wisconsin Opportunities
Art$upport Fund :  supporting small Milwaukee-area arts
The Art$upport Fund, an initiative of Arts Wisconsin, is seeking ideas to strengthen financial resources for small arts organizations and emerging arts initiatives in the Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties). Deadline for Phase 1 proposals is October 27, 2017.   An information session for potential applicants will be held on Monday, October 16, 4-5;30 pm, at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts, 839 South 5th Street, Milwaukee.  All are welcome.   
Click here for guidelines and process information.  

Wisconsin Creative Summit:  The Tie That Binds, November 29, Stevens Point
If you are involved in the arts in your community, you should attend the 2017 Wisconsin Creative Summit:  The Tie That Binds, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm, at the MidState Technical College, 1001 Centerpoint Drive, Stevens Point.  Don't miss this
 day-long networking and learning conference for people making the arts happen in their communities.  We're thrilled that Savannah Barrett of The Art of the Rural, a national leader in arts development at the local level, is our keynote speaker.  Register today!  
Member Spotlight
By Emily Santeler, UW-Whitewater/Arts Wisconsin intern

The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor has been promoting public art in community spaces around  the village in new and exciting ways. The organization's mission is to "develop, promote and expand the public art experience in the village of Egg Harbor." They are doing just that through sensational displays of high-quality art as part of the  Create! Wisconsin Sculptors  and  EGGstravaganza  programs , adding to the beautiful views that can be found in Door County, and further contributing to the county's tourism industry, which welcomes nearly 4 million visitors each year.  Read more...
Creative Economy Resource Center
News, information, ideas, and resources about the arts, arts education, creative economy and creative placemaking in Wisconsin and beyond.


PUBLIC ART PLANNING  - Resources, Readings and Models 
Do you have public art resource websites to recommend?  Send them to us at and we'll add them to our online resources website.
Thanks to New and Renewing Members/Donors
August and September 2017... Florentine Opera, Milwaukee...Warehouse Arts Center, Eagle River...Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton...Grand Theater, Wausau...KoJo Productions, Madison...Winter Fun, Inc., Milwaukee...First Act Children's Theatre, Madison...Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sinsinawa...River Arts, Inc., Prairie du Sac...Whitewater Arts Alliance, Whitewater...LaPointe Center, LaPointe...Madison Arts Commission, Madison...Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield...Flambeau Valley Arts Alliance, Ladysmith...Three Lakes Center for the Arts, Three Lakes...Otter Creek Arts, Highland...Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg...Saber Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin...Sara Daleiden, Milwaukee...Barbara and John McFarland, Manitowish Waters...Christine Style, Green Bay...Jeff and Angela Bartell, Madison...Ann Koski, Madison...C.Ann and Dean Dietrich, Wausau...Christopher Kopmeier, Dodgeville...Howard Landsman, Madison...Angie Wright, Platteville.

We greatly appreciate the support of individuals, businesses, agencies and organizations throughout Wisconsin and beyond.    Are you a member of Arts Wisconsin?   If not, you should be, because we're the only independent statewide organization serving and speaking up for the arts, arts education and creativity economy throughout Wisconsin!

Thanks to Public/Corp./Foundation Supporters
Thanks to the generous organizations, businesses, agencies, foundations and individuals supporting Arts Wisconsin's work to grow Wisconsin creatively!  
Herbert H. Kohl Charities  
Celebrate 25 years by supporting Arts Wisconsin!
Support the arts and creativity in Wisconsin  - support Arts Wisconsin!  
Arts Wisconsin is celebrating its 25th year as Wisconsin's leading community cultural development organization advancing the arts, arts education and creative economy in Wisconsin and all of its communities.  Since 1992, we've worked to grow Wisconsin creatively, in every corner of the state  

Your membership helps us:
  • Build the vitality of communities statewide, through advocacy, service and development
  • Generate resources for the cultural sector and creative industries
  • Position arts and culture as integral to success in a broad range of challenges
  • Promote arts and creativity-centered learning and the development of a creative workforce
  • Foster equitable access to and participation in arts and culture
  • Advance engagement in the arts for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin.
If you believe that the arts matter, please help us do our work on behalf of your community and the entire state.  
Arts Wisconsin Merchandise - Get Yours Now!
You want arts stuff...we got it!
Get a set of our 2016, 2015 or 2014 year-end cards (with envelopes), or some cool t-shirts, and show that you support the arts in Wisconsin!

Commemorative cards:
  • 2016 cards:  "Girl," by Shanice Grimsled of Madison 
  • 2015 cards:  Pecatonica students and their "arts parade," Hollandale, WI.
  • 2013 cards:   Creativity 4 All, by artist Daniel Goscha

T-shirts:   We have t-shirts from past Arts Days - all $4 each, 3 for $11: 
  • 2014 : Creativity 4 All (M)
  • 2013: Creativity Works for Wisconsin (M and XL) 
T o order cards or t-shirts, send a message or call with your order to Arts Wisc onsin at 608 255 8316 / You can pay with a check (payable to Arts Wisconsin, send to  Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701-1054), by credit card (VISA/MC), or PayPal. All pric es include shipping and handling. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.     


Keep Us Up to Date, and Send Photos!
Please make sure that Arts Wisconsin is on your e- and snail-mailing lists (send to, so we know about your work, your program, project, organization or business, and your community.  Our job is to know what's happening arts and creativity-wise in Wisconsin (and beyond), and to assist and promote that work locally and globally. 

In addition, we are always looking for compelling, vibrant, and relevant photographs exemplifying the arts in Wisconsin for our newsletter and social media outlets.  Please send up to three digital photographs with background information for captions. We might use them for our newsletter, or Facebook page (nearly 7,000 fans and growing), or in a publication.  Send photographs to 

News from Arts Wisconsin
Editor:  Anne Katz