Wisconsin Arts Board Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2021

​​​The COVID19 pandemic caused us all to “pirouette" to new ways of serving our communities.  By consensus, the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) voted to extend the agency's FY19-21 strategic plan for one more year, rather than ask people to provide thoughtful input into our work at a time when their own plates were overflowing.

About WAB's Current Plan and Planning Process:

Every three years, the Wisconsin Arts Board engages people around the state in strategically planning for the agency's future activities and programs.
In July of 2017, the WAB once again embarked upon 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.


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 Marinette, Milwaukee, 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 plan that includes long-range strategic directions encapsulated in goals and strategies.

How we define “Under-served":

         An under-served community is a community, defined by its geography, ethnicity or shared interest/reality, that has not been directly served by more than one WAB grant program or service within the past two years, or has limited access to the arts experiences that exist within or outside of the community/constituency. A significant number of WI's rural communities, central-city neighborhoods, and many of our ethnic and recent refugee/ immigrant communities fall into this category, as do veterans, people with disabilities, people of the global majority, at-risk youth, older adults, and people who are living at/below the poverty line. The WAB has long made it a priority to identify and provide our underserved communities with significant access to funding and technical assistance resources for arts programs. This includes rural areas suffering high loss of youth and weak economies (85% of our cities have populations under 10,000); the inner-city urban communities in Madison, Green Bay, Beloit/Janesville, and the seven-county region surrounding and including Milwaukee; ethnic Euro-American communities; communities of color in all settings; and refugee groups (Hmong, Somali and Kosovar) and their growing communities. Communities of color make up 16% of WI's population of 5.8 million. ​W

Fiscal Year 2019–2021 Strategic Plan

Planning Process:

Every three years, the Wisconsin Arts Board engages people around the state in strategically planning for the agency's future activities and programs.
In July of 2017, the WAB once again embarked upon 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.

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 plan that includes long-range strategic directions encapsulated in goals and strategies.