Draft Strategic Plan and Town Meeting materials

Draft Strategic Plan

FY2019-2021 draft strategic plan [editor’s note: new elements are highlighted in yellow]

The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) invited public comment on the draft of its strategic plan for Fiscal Year 2019-2021. The draft plan is available online at the above link. The final version will guide the WAB's work over the next three years, and be released to the public in June, 2018.


In July of 2017, the WAB began a broad-based, inclusive planning process to create a 3-year plan that reflects the diversity of Wisconsin, identifies opportunities and challenges, and shows how best to invest resources while deepening capacity, recognizing emerging arts initiatives, and inspiring participation in and appreciation of WI's arts and creative sector.


In developing this draft, the WAB gathered input and information using various types of assessment tools: an internal data review, key leader interviews, an advisory committee, on-line constituent surveys, Town Meetings held in Superior, Door County, Ironwood, Michigan and MarinetteMilwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Superior, Ashland/Washburn, Appleton, Rhinelander, La Crosse, and issue-based forums. From the analysis of the input gathered, WAB developed a draft that includes long-range strategic directions encapsulated in goals and strategies.

Town Meeting Materials

Did you attend a Town Meeting and forget to pick up a handout? Has your schedule not allowed you to attend a Town Meeting?​ Find the materials below. If you are interested in receiving a daily e-newsletter of simliar information, subscribe to Wisconsin Arts News.

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Excerpted quote from the Joint statement by Ten Foundations in support of artists and the National Endowment for the Arts:

"We coalesced around a shared commitment to strengthen local communities.  And, in this case, we came together because we all understood that artists are a resource present in every community.  We also understood that those artists help root us in our communities, help connect us with our neighbors, and help to drive civic participation.  Quite simply, we understood that it is not possible to have strong local communities without having a strong arts and culture sector.

If we lose federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts, we will not only lose significant direct investments in communities across all 50 states, we also lose the infrastructure that brings us together as one United States of America."  Read the entire statement.

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5

  • State of Wisconsin - Full Report
  • State of Wisconsin - One Page Summary
  • One Page Summaries for:
    • City of La Crosse
    • Dane County
    • Door County
    • Eau Claire County
    • Greater Fox Cities Area
    • Green Bay

2017 Creative Industries Reports

Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in...

Resources Mentioned

Programs and Organizations of Interest