Wisconsin Creates legislation under review – spring 2017

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) are currently circulating draft legislation (LRB #2325/1) to establish Wisconsin Creates, a new statewide program to invest in Wisconsin’s creative sector for economic, educational and civic success.

Click here for the draft bill legislation – LRB #2325/1

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) are currently circulating draft legislation to establish this 21st century development program.  Wisconsin Creates 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:

  • Economic and community development – developing jobs, businesses, and experiences in the creative sector
  • Arts and creativity in education – helping our kids succeed 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.

During the spring, the bill will make its way through the legislative process, with hearings, committee meetings, and community engagement.  There will be many ways to speak up and get support to help get it passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  Watch this space for more info.