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throughout Wisconsin
August 24, 2020

Dear  ,

With the Democratic National Convention last week and the Republican National Convention starting today, the political season is now officially ON as we head towards November 3.   In addition to the Presidential election, Wisconsinites will vote on State Senate and State Assembly races.  It's a critically important election, in so many ways.

Arts Wisconsin is partnering with Americans for the Arts' Arts Action Fund to help people in Wisconsin take the #ArtsVote pledge.  Here's how you can pledge to make your vote count, with up to date info about voting rules and deadlines:

More info at, and watch for lots more info to follow as election season progresses.

It's every citizen's right and duty to vote.  Make sure you're registered, and then make sure you vote on November 3!

Anne Katz, Director
Arts Wisconsin
608 255 8316 

Advocacy and Action for the creative sector
Arts and Culture in a Pandemic: An Existential Threat, a recent report released by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, paints a stark picture of the scenario ahead for the state's local and regional creative sector if pro-active public and private investment in creative businesses and workers isn't available in the short- and long-term.   

Click here for more information on the report, including the recording of a webinar featuring researchers Joe Peterangelo and Ashley Fishering, hosted on 8-18-20 by Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The report helps frame the message that the state's creative industry needs public and private support to survive the pandemic and thrive in the future.  You can take action to ask state and federal decision-makers to recognize creativity as essential and invest in creative businesses and workers:
Listening sessions and other online conversations
Coming up this week:
  • Friday, August 28, 9-10 am:  Listening sessions with Arts
    Wisconsin an
    d the Wisconsin Arts Board, which host Zoom listening sessions the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 9-10 am, for everyone involved in the arts, culture and creativity, to share perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on work and life, and brainstorm recommendations on actions to take locally and globally.    
    To participate: 
Support Arts Wisconsin to keep Wisconsin's creativity strong
Creativity is essential right now, more than ever Arts Wisconsin is working tirelessly to keep Wisconsin's creative economy strong through the age of coronavirus, widespread economic distress, and much-needed work for social justice, and beyond.  

As a member-driven, collaborative, inclusive advocacy and service organization, supporters like you are indispensable to Arts Wisconsin's success.  We work on your behalf and for everyone, everywhere in the state, to grow creative opportunities and use creative ideas and methods to address the critical issues of our time.   

Please make a tax-deductible contribution to help us in these efforts, at    Many thanks!

Stay safe and promote your cause

Special thanks to Milwaukee artist Emily Judge and her company, The Letter Em, for designing and creating a face mask featuring the Arts Wisconsin logo, providing safety for our staff and visibility for our cause at the same time.  Pretty cool, huh? Go to to order an Arts Wisconsin mask (Emily has our logo on file, so indicate your logo choice on the order form), or, a mask that promotes your own good cause.  
Action Alerts are an important service of Arts Wisconsin as Wisconsin's community cultural development and advocacy organization.  Please help us continue these Action Alerts and our advocacy, service, and development work help keep Wisconsin's creative economy strong now and into the future, 

Thanks to Arts Wisconsin members, sponsors, and donors.  We are able to do our work with your support!
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