​​​Welcome to the Wisconsin Arts Board – the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.

New Economic Data

The BEA & NEA released new data revealing that in 2016 the arts & cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion to (4.3 % of) the U.S. economy. State level reports are also available. Wisconsin's report is here.

COVID-19 & the Arts in WI

On March 24, Governor Tony Evers directed DHS to issue a 'Safer at Home' order beginning March 25. Here​ are some resources to help WI's arts and creative sector.

Grant Programs

Descriptions of all Wisconsin Arts Board grant programs may be found here.

Federal Arts Funding within the CARES Act
The US Senate has passed a $2 trillion emergency stimulus package.  Today the House of Representatives is to take up the package, and if passed, the President will sign the bill as soon as possible.
Wisconsin Arts Listening and Resource Sessions: How Can We Help?
WI’s artists and arts organizations are invited to join Wisconsin Arts Board and Arts Wisconsin staff to share their perspectives on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work so far, and their recommendations on actions for us to take.
Gov. Evers Directs WI's Department of Health Services to Issue "Safer At Home" Order
Governor Tony Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm ordered a moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 5pm on Tuesday, March 17th.
Daeja Loew is Wisconsin’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud Champion
Daeja Loew, a senior at Altoona High School, won the State Final championship of the Wisconsin Poetry Out Loud competition held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at UW-Madison.  Ms. Loew competed against eight other winning contestants from across the state.
Cultural Tourism at WIGCOT 2020 - Postponed until May 26-28
We have taken to saying that Tuesday, March 17 is Cultural Tourism Day at WIGCOT 2020.