COVID-19 and the Arts in Wisconsin


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID-19 NEWS IN WISCONSIN

While we are not health professionals here at the Wisconsin Arts Board, we are fortunate to have a strong team of health professionals at the WI Department of Health Services (DHS). Their webp​age on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) contains the latest information on the disease and what we can do to stop its progress.​​ For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19​​, we also recommend the state's COVID-1​9 Page​.​​​​​

Direction From Governor Evers

The best practice for nonprofits and businesses choosing to open is to adhere to the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission’s Business Insights and Relief Information, which compile industry-specific advice for protecting the health and safety of employees and the public. ​Additional resources are available on our Relief and Resilience page.

Click on the header above to access past executive orders and press releases from the Governor's office.

Resource Center

Stay informed! Assign a person on your staff or board to keep an eye on the latest developments and news. They can sign up for the Centers for Disease Control's email updates and for the World Health Organization's email updates.​​

Stay ins​pired! Explore the resources below. Check out and share articles with ideas for actions we can take. Here are a few:

Stay Healthy! Physical, mental and emotional health is critical in this time. Check out our page​ highlighting some of the amazing resources out there.  ​​​​

Resources for Org​anizations

  • ​By clicking on the header here, you will find information on:

    • Emergency Funds for Arts Organizations
    • ​​​Arts-Specific Resources for Arts Organizations
    • WEDC's Guide for Main Street and Other Businesses Navigating COVID-19 Time
    • Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief's COVID-19 Impact Survey for Organizations

  • By clicking on the header here, you will find information on:

    • Emergency Funds for Artists/Creative Entrepreneurs/Individual Arts Administrators
    • ​Arts-Specific Resources for Artists​
    • Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief's COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists

Webinars - Upcoming

Upcoming:​​​​​ ​​

Resource & Listening Sessions - Upcoming and Archived​​


  • ​​The Wisconsin Arts Board's Winter ​2021 Listening Sessions schedule coming soon!​​

Additional Archived R​esources

  • Excerpts from the Wisconsin Arts News Related to COVID-19
  • Creative Responses from WI's Creative Sector!​
  • WI's Arts Organizations Alert their Audiences, Patrons, and Public
  • Archived Webinars
  • Resources for Staying Connected
  • Guide to Governmental Relief for Arts Organizations and Individual Artists: Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans (for nonprofits and artists)
  • Past ​​Funding Opportunities​


If you have a WAB grant to support a program or event taking place during this time of increased concern, we will allow you to postpone and reschedule, and will if necessary extend the grant project period. Be sure to contact WAB staff via email to alert us to the changes.​

As we move through this time, we will co​ntinue tracking local responses and welcome your questions – as will our partner in the private sector, Arts Wisconsin.

Please be safe, protect yourself and those you interact with, and be healthy. Most importantly, thank you, as always, for all the extraordinary things you do eve​ry day.  ​​- The Board and Staff of the Wisconsin Arts Board​