Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) are co-sponsors of Wisconsin Creates, a new statewide program to invest in Wisconsin’s creative sector for economic, educational and civic success.
Senate Bill #284 and Assembly Bill #393 are currently up for review in the Legislature and there will be hearings in the near future to move the program forward. This 21st century development program will be a program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and will provide funds to for-profit and non-profit businesses and agencies of local government to support:
- local and regional creative economic development that creates and expands jobs, businesses and income, through downtown and community revitalization, civic engagement, and cultural tourism programs
- arts and creativity in education for all students as a critical strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, idea generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship – all qualities needed in the 21st century world and workforce
- Infrastructure and capacity building – supporting creative sector for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations’ outreach, engagement and education for their audiences.
Click here for more information on Wisconsin Creates. When this program is established, it will be the first increase to arts funding in Wisconsin in over 20 years.