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Wisconsin Arts Board Welcomes Summer Interns!

The WAB is delighted to welcome Sami Lampe from Carthage College, and Shane Matthias and Tamara Rodriguez from the UW-Madison PEOPLE's Program onto our staff for the summer! 

 Samatha Lampe

Samantha Lampe: "I am a senior at Carthage College, where I am studying Music and History of the Arts, focusing on Piano Pedagogy and on how music and art are incorporated in the community.  I am very excited to be interning at the Wisconsin Arts Board this summer and learning about how the arts at the government level get involved in the community.  This summer, I hope to gain more knowledge about the relationship between WAB and the artists of Wisconsin and understand more about the grant application process.  In college, I have come to enjoy the various forms of art that are out there and I look forward to helping and learning about the many different art communities in Wisconsin."

Shane Matthias: "I am currently an International Baccalaureate Visual Arts student at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, primarily working in 2D media and clay sculpture, with a particular focus on drawing. Because I was really interested in my school’s art program and the promotion of arts within schools, I was really drawn to the opportunity to work for the Wisconsin Arts Board.  I hope to get an idea of how the state government works to secure funding for arts programs and organizations across the state. During my internship with the WAB I would like to gain insight into the grant-making process and how the decisions made by the WAB and the Legislature affect the arts at a local level. I will assist the Creative Wisconsin project in order to promote promising organizations within the arts and to become more aware of these organizations in my community. I also would like to contribute to the redesign of the WAB website to make it easier to navigate. As a target demographic of the website, I have an understanding of what people like me will be drawn to, and so I can assist in helping design for that demographic."


Tamara Rodriguez: "My name is Tamara Rodriguez and I am interning at the Wisconsin Arts Board which I was drawn to due to their positive involvement with the state of Wisconsin as well as my passion for art. I have always had great interest in visual art, but the one area that always been intriguing to me is surrealism for its unorthodox mannerisms. While interning at the Wisconsin Arts Board for the next 5 weeks, I hope to learn more about the business aspect of art as well as more of the creative and innovative side that the Wisconsin Arts Board provides. This would involve grants that are given to manage art, as well as the creativity that is put into the art that is distributed across the state. I’d also like to contribute to the board by offering a new voice to the art conversation by providing insight from a personal perspective in order to hopefully help the Wisconsin Arts Board progress. Overall, I hope to learn from this incredible experience and opportunity in order to better myself as a young art student."

Seven of Wisconsin's Eight Congressional Districts are Participating in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

In 2013, the offices of seven of Wisconsin's Members of Congress are participating.  Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Want to learn more?  Contact the office of your member of Congress using the information below.  Good luck!

Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative
1st Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 12, 2013
Reception in District:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Old Town Mall in Janesville
Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Susie Liston * 262-654-1901 *  Susie.liston@mail.house.gov

Honorable Mark Pocan, United States Representative
2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 26 at 5:00pm. Intake in Madison Office. Intake in Beloit Office on Thursday, April 25 from 9 to 12pm (Dane Varese).
Reception in District:  Saturday May 4, 1-3pm at Madison Municipal Building 
Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Michael Kelly * 608-258-9800 * Michael.kelly@mail.house.gov

Honorable Ron Kind, United States Representative
3rd Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:   Friday, March 22, 2013
Reception in District:   Saturday, April 6, 2013; 1:30-3:00 at University of Wisconsin La Crosse - Center for Arts/Art Gallery Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Danice Stanton * 608-782-2558 * Danice.stanton@mail.house.gov  

Honorable Gwen Moore, United States Representative
4th Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:  Thursday, April 18, 2013
Reception in District:  Saturday, May 4, 2013; 10:30-noon at Chase Tower
Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Donna Ross * 414-297-1140 * donna.ross@mail.house.gov

Honorable Thomas Petri, United States Representative
6th Congressional District of Wisconsin

District Submission Deadline:  Monday, April 22, 2013
Reception in District:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 TBD
Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Clare Wettstein * 920-922-1180 * clare.wettstein@mail.house.gov

Honorable Sean Duffy, United States Representative
7th Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 19, 2013
Reception in District:  Saturday, May 18, 2013; 1:30-3:30 at the Center for Visual Arts
Contact Person/Phone/Email:   Jocelyn Berkhahn * (715) 298-9344 * jocelyn.berkhahn@mail.house.gov

Honorable Reid Ribble, United States Representative
8th Congressional District of Wisconsin
District Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:30pm.
Reception in District:  Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 2:30pm, Neville public museum
Contact Person/Phone/Email:  Jackie Trudell * 920-380-0061 * Jackie.trudell@mail.house.gov

Artists from “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition” at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

The Wisconsin Arts Board is partnering with the Wisconsin Historical Museum on a series of presentations by traditional artists featured in the current exhibition, “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition.”  The exhibition highlights the extraordinary creative work of 26 recent master artists in the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. Six featured artists will present at the Museum in February 2013.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Teju the Storyteller, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Teju (Tejumola Oloboni) of Milwaukee, a master storyteller, will tell stories that reflect longstanding and contemporary perspectives on African influences on our traditions and identities. Come listen to this culture keeper to be enlightened and inspired.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – Omeyocan Dance Company, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Omeyocan Dance Company of Milwaukee, led by Roberto Franco, will feature authentic dances, regalia and music from Mexico’s vivid traditional heritage.

Saturday, Feb. 9 – Ojibwe Songwriting, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bobby Bullet St. Germaine is a folk music singer and songwriter whose work reflects his Ojibwe culture. His ability to transform life experiences and local concerns into meaningful lyrics was acknowledged in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Association.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Civil War Quilts and Stories, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Quilter Pat Ehrenberg of Ripon will share her extensive knowledge and experience as a quilt maker through stories of quilts during the Civil War.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Woodland Flutes, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ojibwe elder Frank Montano makes and plays a traditional type of fipple flute important to Woodland Indian culture. Come learn more about this instrument and hear Frank play some beautiful music on a variety of flutes.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Iroquois Raised Beadwork, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join Karen Ann Hoffman, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, as she discusses Iroquois raised beadwork. Donning her traditional ceremonial attire, Karen Ann will explain the cultural significance of each piece of clothing and the beadwork that embellishes it.

The “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition” exhibit includes craft, storytelling, music and dance traditions important in Wisconsin.  It is open to the public at the Dane County Regional Airport’s Art Court from October 2012 - March 31, 2013. The exhibit was organized by the Wisconsin Arts Board and coordinated by Tandem Press of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Exhibitors include members of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes to descendants of 19th and 20th century immigrants from the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. African-American artists and representatives from more recent immigration waves from countries such as Ghana, Mali, Togo and Mexico are also part of the collection.

Arts Industry Turns Corner After Great Recession, According To Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Index
Advances in Technology Impacting How Arts Organizations Engage Audiences

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announced the results of the National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of the arts industries in the United States. The 2012 Index1reveals that the arts industry began to recover from the effects of the Great Recession in 2010.

According to the Index, the vitality of the arts industry is starting to trend upward after reaching an all-time low in 2009. In 2010, the Index rose slightly to 96.7 from 96.3 in 2009. What’s more, half of the 83 indicators used to tabulate the Index score increased in 2010, which is equal to prerecession levels in 2007. In 2008 only one-third of the indicators were up, and in 2009 just one quarter increased.

In addition, arts attendance rebounded in 2010, increasing for the first time since 2003. About one-third (32 percent) of the adult population attended a performing arts event in 2010, up from 28 percent in 2009, and 13 percent visited an art museum, up slightly from 12 percent in 2009. And several counties, such as San Francisco, New York (NY), and Arlington (VA) boast shares of more than 45 percent of the adult population attending a museum in the previous year.

Despite the turnaround, the Index shows that the arts industry still faces some critical financial challenges. In 2010, 43 percent of nonprofit arts organizations had an operating deficit, which is down from 2009 (45 percent) but not from 2008 (41 percent) and 2007 (36 percent). And since
2002, consumer spending on the arts—a discretionary expenditure— has remained in the $150 billion range; however, the arts’ share of consumer discretionary spending has slipped from 1.88 percent in 2002 to 1.45 percent in 2010.

Philanthropic giving to the arts remains challenged. While the amount of money given to the arts has increased over the past decade to $13.28 billion in 2010, the sector struggles to maintain its philanthropic market share—dropping from 4.9 percent in 2001 to 4.5 percent in 2010. If the arts sector merely maintained its 4.9 percent share in 2010, it would have received $14.3 billion in contributions—a $1 billion difference.

“Increased public interest in the arts combined with the nation’s emergence from the Great Recession set the arts industry on a positive trajectory in 2010,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “But before the sector can make a full recovery, it is essential it find new and innovative ways to generate additional funding to compensate for the shortfalls sustained during the past few years. And it is in our country’s best interest to do so. Not only do the arts play an integral role in defining our national identity, but they also are a vital component in building strong economies and healthy communities.”

Technology Effecting Audience Engagement
According to the Index, advances in technology have drastically changed the way Americans consume art. For example, nearly half of the nation’s CD and record stores have disappeared since 2003, while online downloads of music singles, have grown seven-fold to more than one billion units annually. In 2009, digital formats comprised 41 percent of total music sales in the U.S., up from 34 percent in 2008, and 25 percent in 2007.

In addition, many nonprofit arts organizations are using technology to broaden their audience base. Arts Memphis, for example, recognized that consumers are increasingly making their plans at the last minute. As a result, they developed an online App for the iPhone, which provides free and instant access to the city’s arts calendar. In addition, the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts 12 operas to 1,600 theaters in 54 countries—a program that sold an additional 3 million tickets last year alone. Also, the Washington National Opera’s annual simulcast at the Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium continues to draw crowds, attracting 23,000 people in 2011.

“To survive in this market, it is essential for arts organizations to find innovative ways to engage audiences,” says said Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and one of the Index's advisors. “By keeping pace with and making use of the latest technological advances and catering to changing consumer spending habits, arts organizations will be able to thrive in the rapidly changing marketplace of the 21st century.”

Other Key Findings

  • America’s arts industries have a growing international audience: U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) increased from $56 to $64 billion
    between 2009 and 2010, up 12 percent. With U.S. imports at just $23 billion, the arts achieved a $41 billion trade surplus in 2010. In addition, The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that the percentage of international travelers including museum visits
    on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17 to 24 percent), while the share attending
    concerts and theater performances increased five of the past seven years (13 to 17 percent since 2003).
  • Arts employment has remained strong: From 1996 to 2010, the number of working artists rose from 1.9 to 2.2 million—a 15 percent increase. In addition, the
    number of self-employed “artist-entrepreneur”—active as poet, painter, musician, dancer, actor, etc.—has grown from 509,000 in 2000 to 688,000 in 2009.
  • Significant growth in the number of nonprofit arts organizations: In the past decade, the number of nonprofit arts organizations ballooned 49 percent—from 76,000 to 113,000 in 2010—outpacing the growth rate of the entire nonprofit sector, which grew 32 percent during the same period.
  • Arts education equity gap: Despite the evidence of decreases in K-12 arts education, the percentage of college-bound seniors with four years of arts or music grew over the past decade from 15 percent to 20 percent of all SAT test takers. Additionally, students with four years of arts or music average about 100 points better on the verbal and math portions of the SAT. The data echo’s the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ recent findings that the nation’s poorest students—those who the research suggest benefit most from arts in education—may be receiving it the least.

The Kresge Foundation and Ruth Lilly Trust provided support for the development of the Index. The National Arts Index was written by Dr. Roland J. Kushner, an economist and assistant professor of business at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and
appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Index is composed of 83 national-level research indicators—the latest available data produced by the federal government and private research organizations—and covers the 13-year span 1998-2010. The Index is set to a base score of 100 in 2003; every point difference is a one percent change from that year. There is no uppermost Index score, though higher is better. A score of 125 would convey that arts are more highly integrated as a fundamental component of society than during the past
decade—characterized by strong financial health, ample capacity, innovation, vigorous participation, and a vital competitive position in American society.

American Folklore Theatre wins 2012 Wisconsin Tourism Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Submitted by American Folklore Theatre

The American Folklore Theatre can now add "Award Winning" to their long list of accolades. American Folklore Theatre was awarded the inaugural Wisconsin Department of Tourism Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage at this week's Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) in Green Bay, WI. This award is presented to a business or destination that showcases the arts, culture, or heritage for the enhancement and economic wellbeing of a community.
Sponsored by the Governor's Council on Tourism, the Governor's Awards acknowledge leadership, commitment, and innovation among the people and organizations that propel the tourism industry forward.
The awards were presented Tuesday evening at the Governor's Dinner with approximately 1,000 tourism professionals and Wisconsin business owners in attendance. George Tzougros, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, began by reading a summary of AFT's nomination and then turned the microphone over to Governor Walker to present the award.
"I was shocked. When they started describing the winning organization, we knew immediately that we had won, but I just couldn't believe it," commented AFT's Manager of Marketing and Audience Development, Holly Feldman. "We were nominated with several really amazing organizations." The Arts, Culture and Heritage category was by far the largest category represented at the conference with nine nominees, including American Players Theatre, Door County Visitor Bureau, Driftless Market, Madison Children's Museum, Marquette County "Barn Quilt and Hidden History Mural Trail," Peninsula Players Theatre, The Pfister Hotel, and Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts.
Each year, Wisconsin honors five Tourism Awards recipients at the conference. Nominees are recognized for their dedication, creativity, and excellence within the industry. "These recipients exemplify the best of the state's tourism industry and they set the bar high for their peers," said Governor Walker.  "Their contributions guarantee travelers have a memorable and fun vacation experience when they visit Wisconsin and the tourism economy in the state continues to grow." 
"This year's five honorees should truly be proud that they were selected from a pool of 28 outstanding nominations," said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett.  "Each year we are in awe of the achievements of each and every nominee submitted for these awards."
AFT has made the full nomination application available to the public at: www.FolkloreTheatre.com.
"We knew our nomination was strong. Our submission was the product of a very collaborative process and we felt that it was a nearly perfect depiction of our company," stated Managing Director, Dave Maier. "We are so pleased to be honored in this way and we share this award with our entire company of writers, performers, volunteers, our board, and our patrons who keep coming out to support us year after year."
Tickets for AFT's summer and fall season will go on sale April 16th in the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone at (920) 854-6117, and online at www.FolkloreTheatre.com
American Folklore Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre organization that produces original musical shows in repertory from June through August.  AFT continues its performances into the fall with shows at the Door Community Auditorium and town halls September through October and over the Christmas holiday.  American Folklore Theatre is a member of Theatre Wisconsin and the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), organizations that promote non-profit theatre groups.

FY 2013 Creation and Presentation Application Now Available


In FY13, the Wisconsin Arts Board will conduct a thorough review and revision of the Creation and Presentation grant program.  Therefore, 

  1. Only organizations that received a Creation and Presentation grant in FY12 (either on-year or off-year) are eligible to apply for an FY13 grant at the February 20, 2012 deadline.

  2. For FY13 grants, all interested continuing applicants will apply to this program with a one page, interim narrative “Off-Year” application, regardless of where they are in the on-year/off-year cycle.

  3. February 20, 2012 is the electronic deadline for all continuing applicants in all disciplines.

  4. The FY13 Creation and Presentation eGRANT application is now open on the Arts Board’s website.  Please click here.

Creation and Presentation will open to new applicants for funding in FY14.  In the interim, new applicants are encouraged to apply to the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Creative Communities grant program.  For more information on Creative Communities, please click here.


Contact Arts Board staff at artsboard@wisconsin.gov or 608-267-2026 (Karen Goeschko) or 608-264-8191 (Mark Fraire) with questions.




Arts Board Announces It's Time to Talk Tour

The Wisconsin Arts Board is gearing up to take its "It's Time to Talk” tour to eight cities around the state this fall, as part of National Arts and Humanities Month.  The full list of meeting dates, times, locations and local hosts may be found below.

Given the significant changes in funding and staffing at the Wisconsin Arts Board in 2011, this opportunity to gather input from people around Wisconsin is of greater importance than ever.  The input gathered at these meetings will help determine where the agency will focus efforts and resources over the next two years.

A much anticipated feature of the meeting will be a presentation by the Department of Tourism’s Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant program coordinator.  For the first time, Abbie Hill will accompany the Arts Board staff on its fall tour, in order to connect directly with constituents who are interested in applying to the JEM program, and to share tips and insights about that process. 

"We are grateful to all of our local hosts for helping with logistics and getting the word out about these meetings,“ said George Tzougros, Arts Board Executive Director.  "We look forward to a rich discussion about the arts in communities across our state and how specifically the Arts Board can help artists and arts and community organizations respond to the opportunities and challenges they face."

As is the case for all WAB meetings, each meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities.   Large Print Copies and Sign Language Interpreters are available with a two week notice. 


October 17  
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Meeting Location
Comfort Suites
15586 County Road B, Hayward
Local Host: Cable Hayward Area Arts Council

October 18
Stevens Point
5:30 - 7:30 
Meeting Location
Scaraboccio Art Museum
800 Main Street, Stevens Point
Local Host: Arts Alliance of Portage County

October 24
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Meeting Location
Waukesha State Bank
100 Bank Street, Waukesha
Local Host: Arts Waukesha

October 24
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Location
Racine Arts Council Arts Space
316 Sixth Street, Racine
Local Host: Racine Arts Council

November 8
1 – 3 pm
Meeting Location
VSA Wisconsin
1709 Aberg Ave., STE 1, Madison
Local Hosts: Madison Arts Commission,
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

November 10
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Meeting Location
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network
5407 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee
Local Hosts: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network,
Milwaukee Arts Board

November 10
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Location
Skylight Opera Theatre
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 
Local Hosts: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network,
Milwaukee Arts Board

November 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Location
UW Platteville Art Building, Lecture Room #204
Local Host: Arts Build

November 18
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Meeting Location
The Grand Opera House Lounge
100 High Avenue, Oshkosh
Local Hosts: The Grand Opera House,
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Wisconsin Arts Board Executive Director Tzougros Elected Board Chair of National Creativity Network
The Wisconsin Arts Board is proud to announce Executive Director George Tzougros has been named Board Chair for the National Creativity Network. The new Network launched November 15th in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the 2010 Creativity World Forum. The National Creativity Network will facilitate the exchange of ideas, share best practices, and encourage collaboration among partnering geographic districts committed to imagination, creativity and innovation in America across the three sectors of education, commerce, and culture. Network members are committed to the urgent need in the U.S. to nurture and promote the development and expression of creativity and innovation, in education, in business and in the community.

“Transformation is underway in all walks of life and our creative capacity as a state and nation is more important now than ever,” Arts Board chair Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton said. “With George Tzougros as chair, Wisconsin takes a national leadership role in rethinking how to support smart, sustainable economic development. Creativity in all its forms – artistic, scientific, mathematical, and technological - develops critical thinking to conceptualize and enact solutions for increasingly complex issues in all fields.”

2010 Creative Industries Report for Wisconsin
This Creative Industries report from Americans for the Arts offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Wisconsin. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from non-profit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and advertising companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation in today's global marketplace.

2011 Wisconsin Art & Craft Fairs Directory2011 Wisconsin Art & Craft Fairs Directory 
Whether an artist or an arts enthusiast, the Arts Board hopes that you will find the Wisconsin Art & Craft Fairs Directory a valuable resource. We hope you are able to enjoy a number of the quality art and craft fairs that you will find in Wisconsin. View over 250 fairs listed chronologically and indexed by city and county.

2009 Midwest Folklife Festival
2009 Midwest Folk Festival posterEnjoy these photos of some artists and staff at the annual tri-state Midwest Folklife Festival. It was a wonderful event that explored the deep cultural roots of our region in aesthetic and interesting presentations over two days. The festival was hosted this year by Illinois (Company of Folk and the Illinois Arts Council). The Iowa Arts Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board were the other partnering state arts agencies. Bishop Hill Heritage Association was the site host. Funding came from the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin was ably represented by rosemaler Lois Mueller (Platteville) and Ghanaian dancer Nani Agbeli (Madison).