Reimagining the Future of the Arts Series

The Wisconsin Arts Board and Arts Wisconsin to share ideas, information, and inspiration, in a series of conversations about the (reimagined) future of the arts, culture and creativity throughout our state.

The national series:  The Wallace Foundation is hosting a five-part national webinar series, "Reimagining the Future of the Arts." The series brings together a diverse set of leading ex​perts in the field to facilitate conversations around some of the most pressing issues facing the arts sector today, grounded in research commissioned or supported by Wallace.

And the Wisconsin series:  Following each Wallace webinar session, Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board will host a series of conversations on reimagining the future of the arts throughout the state.

Please join Karen Goeschko of the Wisconsin Arts Board and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin for a debrief and idea-sharing session.

Both series will ask: what will the future be like for nonprofit arts organizations? Strengthening community engagement, inclusion, and organizational health have long been on the minds of nonprofit arts leaders around the country. The global COVID-19 pandemic and the national conversation about racial justice and equity make such questions even more urgent.

To help explore these questions on the statewide and local levels, let's talk about Wisconsin's future.  Registration is free for both series.

Here are the dates for you to know (all times Central):

Wallace Foundation webinars

  • Wednesday, October 21, 12-1 pm.  Discussion question: What do audiences expect from the arts and how can organizations respond?

  • Thursday, November 5, 12-1 pm.  Question TBA​

  • Wednesday, November 18, 12-1 pm.  Discussion question: The third session will focus on how organizations can plan for the future utilizing the recently released Scenario Planning Tool developed by AEA Consulting.​

  • Wednesday, December 2, 12-1 pm. Question TBA

  • Wednesday, December 16, 12-1 pm.  Question TBA

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Meeting the Needs of Your Communities​​ - Slover Linett Project Director Madeline Smith share key findings from "Centering the Picture: The role of race & ethnicity in cultural engagement," which explores how and why Americans of all racial backgrounds connect to arts, culture, and creativity. ​

Register here. Each session will also be recorded and available for later view.​

Wisconsin conversations

  • Friday, October 23, 9-10 am. Discussion question: “What do audiences expect from the arts and how can organizations respond?"

  • Friday, November 6, 9-10 am. Question TBA

  • Friday, November 20, 9-10 am. Question TBA

  • Thursday, December 3, 9-10 am. Question TBA

  • Friday, December 18, 9-10 am. Inspired by Part 3 of the Wallace Foundation series, wherin the panel examined how organizations can approach scenario planning in light of COVID-19, the reckoning with racial justice and other pressing factors, participants will explore the Question "How Can Nonprofit Arts Organizations Plan for the Future with So Many Unknowns?"  Each person will choose one of the four scenarios within Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts & Culture Sector​ and use it as a planning tool for their organization.  This will be a working session that includes initial planning steps and small group breakout work. 

Register here and you will receive a Zoom link before the date.