​​​​​​​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 April 16, Governor Tony Evers directed DHS to extend WI's 'Safer at Home' order from April 24, 2020 to May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued​. 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.

Governor Evers Appoints New Wisconsin Arts Board Members
Governor Tony Evers has appointed three new board members – and reappointed another – to the Wisconsin Arts Board.
The Wisconsin Arts Board Announces Emergency Relief Funding for Arts Organizations Impacted by COVID-19
In communities across WI, arts groups are experiencing future-altering losses of earned revenue. In response, and with CARES Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, WAB has created an emergency relief fund.
Federal Arts Funding within the CARES Act
A synopsis of the arts-related pieces of the CARES Act, and a link to the full text.
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
On April 16, Govenor Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.