WAB 40th Anniversary Message

Happy 40th Anniversary Wisconsin Arts Board!

On August 2, 1973, then Governor Patrick Lucey signed legislation that brought the Wisconsin Arts Board into existence.  On our 40th anniversary, we looked back with thanks to all that made this work possible.

The Wisconsin Arts Board wishes to thank:

  • The artists, creatives, and tradition bearers whose work is the reason we exist.
  • The Wisconsin arts and community organizations with which we partner to deliver programs and services that the citizens value. 
  • The citizens of the State of Wisconsin, and their elected representatives in the Governor’s office and legislature, for their investment in our work.
  • The arts teachers, who inspire our children to be creative, to think critically, and to express themselves through the arts.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts, our most enduring and critical partner.
  • The many citizens who have served as members of the Wisconsin Arts Board, who have traveled from all corners of the state to lend their expertise to the state’s policy and planning for the arts.
  • The many people who have served on our peer panels, offering their time, professional expertise, and funding recommendations to the Board.
  • The Arts Board’s professional staff who have put in countless hours and have driven many miles to offer their technical assistance, information, and support.
We celebrated our 40th Anniversary throughout 2013-14 in many ways, including through the anniversary section​ of our web site.  We encouraged everyone to share their favorite Arts Board-related stories with us in person, via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here’s to the next 40 years!​