ARTS WISCONSIN ACTION ALERT 10-5-2020:
all about the arts, culture, creativity and community
throughout Wisconsin

October 5, 2020
NAHM

Dear 

October is National Arts and Humanities Montha coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture throughout America.  NAHM is all about:
  • focusing on equitable access to the arts at local, state, and national levels
  • encouraging individuals, organizations, and diverse communities to participate in the arts
  • allowing governments and businesses to show their support of the arts
  • raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
Gov. Evers has proclaimed October 2020 as Arts and Humanities Month throughout the State of Wisconsin.  


As we head towards consequential national and state elections on November 3, we'll keep encouraging you to exercise your democratic right to vote.  Here are some voting deadlines coming up:
  • Absentee ballots have been available for voters since September 17, 2020.   At 47 days before the election, Wisconsin gives its voters significantly more time to receive and return their ballots than most other states.
  • October 14, 2020 - The deadline to register to vote online (by 11:59 p.m.) or by snail mail (postmarked). 
  • October 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. - The deadline to register to vote at your clerk's office or other designated location.
  • November 3, 2020:  Election Day - you can register and then vote at your polling place.  Polls are open everywhere in Wisconsin 7 am - 8 pm.
For information on registration, candidates, voting locations, and anything else connected with the elections, go to www.myvote.wi.gov.  For information on voting records and policy issues related to the arts, go to the Arts Action Fund's ArtsVote program.  

As always, we appreciate your good work and your good advocacy.  Keep in touch with questions, comments, and ideas.  

Regards, 
Anne Katz, Director
608 255 8316
akatz@artswisconsin.org

Announcing the We're All In Creative Workforce Program
Arts Wisconsin announces the launch of the We're All In Creative Workforce Program, enabling local cultural agencies in nine communities across Wisconsin to engage local artists and performers to design and complete cultural and creative projects.  The program is supported by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) along with other funding sources, and aims to help employ creative workers who have lost employment opportunities due to the pandemic.  

"WEDC is pleased to support this initiative because local public art and arts experiences are key to creating a sense of place in a community," said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes.  "It's equally important to remember that many artists and performers are also small business owners or independent contractors who are facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEDC is committed to both strengthening our Wisconsin communities and helping small businesses thrive."   

Participating communities and organizations include:
Creative projects in a variety of art and performance mediums that advance the community and highlight civic pride, creativity, safety, connection and access for all are being produced, each focused on a specific theme that is relevant and meaningful to that community and its people.   The program capitalizes on the artistry and entrepreneurship of the state's currently under-employed creative workers to aid in the recovery, unity and healing of Wisconsin's economy and communities, large and small.

"We greatly appreciate WEDC's support and investment in Wisconsin's creative industries and workers through this program," said Melinda Childs, President of the Board of Directors of Arts Wisconsin. "Before the pandemic, the creative sector provided a $10.1 million economic impact for Wisconsin and a workforce of over 96,000 people  - that's more jobs than the state's beer, biotech, and papermaking industries.  We're glad to be partnering with WEDC to put people back to work."

At the completion of the project Arts Wisconsin will submit a report on this program to Gov. Evers, the State Legislature, WEDC, and other stake-holders, to provide information on best practices, models, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.  Click here for more info on Arts Wisconsin's We're All In Creative Workforce Program.


Listening sessions and other online conversations

Listening sessions with Arts Wisconsin and Wisconsin Arts Board - the focus is on conversations with specific arts discipline groups (listed below), but all are welcome to join in to share ideas, resources, challenges, opportunities, and issues (rescheduled from earlier in October):
  • Thursday, October 15
    • 9 am:  local arts councils
    • 10:30 am:   community theaters
    • 12 - 1 pm:  professional theaters
  • Thursday, October 22
    • 9 am:  musical groups
    • 10:30 am:  museums and art centers
 To participate in Arts Wisconsin sessions: 
Support Arts Wisconsin - pay-what-you-can!
Announcing Pay-What-You-Can Membership in Arts Wisconsin.  Our advocacy, service and development services for Wisconsin are only possible because of support from people, organizations and businesses throughout the state.  

We need you with us now more than ever. We want to keep providing as much access to our services as possible, while understanding the obvious hardships of the COVID-19 crisis for people, organizations and businesses involved in the arts and beyond.  So, we're now offering pay-what-you-can memberships in Arts Wisconsin.  

Arts Wisconsin is the only independent statewide organization working hard to help Wisconsin's creative people, organizations, businesses and communities survive, and in the long run, thrive, through and beyond this era of coronavirus, widespread economic distress, and much-needed action for social justice.  Moving forward with strength is imperative to the long-term sustainability of arts and culture.  

Creativity is essential right now, and standing together is more important than ever.  Click here to join or renew your membership in Arts Wisconsin Many thanks for your good work and for your support!



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