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Wisconsin Arts Board

About Us

The Wisconsin Arts Board is 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.

Our Mission

The Wisconsin Arts Board vision is inspired by a quote from the late Robert E. Gard, Professor Emeritus of Community Theatre, University of Wisconsin:

"If we are seeking in America, let it be for the reality of democracy in the arts. Let art begin at home and let it spread through the children and the parents, and through the schools and the institutions, and through government. And let us start by acceptance, not negation-acceptance that the arts are important everywhere, and that they can exist and flourish in small places as well as large, with money or without it, according to the will of the people. Let us put firmly and permanently aside the cliché that the arts are a frill. Let us accept the goodness of art where we are now, and expand its worth in the places where people live."

We embrace this vision: it guides our belief that the arts are basic to human life and essential to the human spirit.

Who We Serve

Wisconsin communities interested in engaging the creative industries in sustainable community and economic development.

  • Champion lifelong learning that inspires imagination, creativity, and innovation.
  • Encourage all in Wisconsin to live vibrant expressive lives by affording them opportunities to connect to the rich heritage of Wisconsin and to explore their individual creativity.
  • Insist upon competitive resources and public policy which ensure that these goals, valued by the public, are achieved.