Wisconsin Arts Listening & Resource Sessions: How Can We Help?

​​​​​Past Listening Sessions:

Town Hall 2.0 for Wisconsin Artists and Creative Workers - April 27, 2021
In April, 2021, the Wisconsin Arts Board and its partners hosted a second statewide forum, inviting participants to share their insights about what should come next in the recovery and stability of WI’s arts ecosystem.

A statewide forum to share your insights about what should come next in the recovery and stability of WI's arts ecosystem.   Hosted by the Wisconsin Arts Board in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, Association of Wisconsin Artists, Backline|gener8tor, Fellowship.art|gener8tor, Film Wisconsin, gener8tor, Imagine MKE, Mary Nohl Fellowships, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Wisconsin Alliance of Composers, Wisconsin Dance Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.

WAB and Arts Wisconsin Listening Sessions
On many Fridays throughout 2020, we invited WI's arts commnity to join us in a conversation with Wisconsin Arts Board Director George Tzougros, Assistant Director Karen Goeschko, and Arts Wisconsin Director Anne Katz about the needs of Wisconsin’s arts secto​r during the COVID-19 crisis, and recommendations for action.

Notes from some of those sessions are available upon request - please email artsboard@wisconsin.gov(Thanks to UW-Stevens Point arts administration student, Kiera Bair, for her note-taking expertise.) If you have something to share, please don't hesitate to contact us. (Please put "Listening Session" in the subject line.)

  • November 6 - General Listening Session
  • October 22 - WI Art Museums and Visual Art Centers
  • October 22 - WI Music Organizations (choirs, orchestras, bands)
  • October 15 - WI Local Arts Councils
  • October 15 - WI Community Theaters
  • Ocober 15 - WI Professional Theaters
  • October 2 - Listening Session
  • September 11 - Listening Session
  • August 28 - Listening Session
  • August 14 - Listening Session
  • July 31 - Listening Session
  • July 17 - Listening Session
  • June 17 - WI Choirs
  • June 12 - WI Dance Organizations
  • June 12 - WI Childrens Theaters
  • June 5 - General Listening Session
  • May 29 - WI Symphonies and Chamber Orchestras
  • May 28 - WI Community Theaters-Part 2
  • May 15 - WI Community Theaters
  • May 8 - WI Museums: Notes are here 
  • April, 2020 - General Listening Session
  • March, 2020 - General Listening Session: Notes are here

​Past Resource Sessions:

This Wisconsin Arts Board and Arts Wisconsin joined together to produce these resource sessions, ​designed to help WI's arts sector move through this pandemic.

Presentations on COVID Public Health Issues and the Arts, with Dr. Laura Cassidy, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) - January and February 2021

​In Autumn, 2020, the Wallace Foundation produced a five-part national webinar series, “Reimagining the Future of the Arts." The series brought together a diverse set of leading experts in the field to facilitate conversations around some of the most pressing issues facing the arts sector, grounded in research commissioned or supported by Wallace. 

The Wisconsin Arts Board partnered with Arts Wisconsin to bring the multi-part discussion closer to home, and followed each of the Wallace sessions with a Wisconsin discussion via zoom, for a one-two informational punch at the pandemic. Click the series title above to access session descriptions and recordings.

What is the unique role of arts / culture organizations and makers for our vulnerable elders in this moment? 
Anne Basting, director of Timeslips, UW-Milwaukee professor, and MacArthur Fellow, focuses on Wisconsin for this webinar, and looks at broader examples to inspire and model potential collaborations and lasting changes. Notes available here​.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Public Affairs Specialist for Wisconsin, Shirah Rachel Apple, an artist and arts appreciator, talks with Wisconsin’s creative sector about navigating the SBA’s new loan and debt relief resources. Click here for presentation slides.
For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus. 

Wisconsin Creative Care: Mobilizing the Arts for Older Adul​​ts in the Era of COVID19 with Anne Basting, Milwaukee-based Director of Timeslips and MacArthur Fellow​ - April 8​, 2020