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Wisconsin Arts Board announces New Leadership
The Wisconsin Arts Board proudly announces the following new board officers: Kevin Miller of Fond du Lac, Chairperson; Mary Gielow of Mequon, Vice Chairperson; Heather McDonell of Madison, Secretary. These new officers began their service at the May 8, quarterly meeting of the Arts Board.

Wisconsin Artist Receives Nation’s Highest Award for Folk and Traditional Arts
Wisconsin Artist Sidonka Wadina received the nation’s highest award for folk and traditional arts, recognized as a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Heritage Fellow. Wadina, a master straw artist, is deeply influenced by her Slovakian roots and is the eighth Wisconsin artist to be named a National Heritage Fellow.

WAB Applauds Wisconsin’s 2014 Award Winners
Many Wisconsin artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters were recognized for their excellent contributions in 2014. Click here to see the list that we’ve compiled so far.



Wisconsin Arts Board “Creative Industries Committee” held First Meeting

The Wisconsin Arts Board has convened a committee of experts, the Creative Industries Committee, to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.  This committee held the first of two meetings at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  A list of committee members may be found at the end of this story.

The Arts Board defines creative industries as those organizations, individuals and companies whose products and services have their origin in artistic, cultural, creative, and/or aesthetic content, as a critical sector in community and regional economic development.  The creative industries include advertising, architecture, arts and antique markets, culinary arts, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, video and photography, software, computer games and electronic publishing, music and the visual and performing arts, publishing, television and radio.

Committee members have and will provide insight for the Arts Board’s strategic goal of assisting Wisconsin communities to engage the creative industries in sustainable community and economic development.   This may result in the creation of programs and services and the research and development of necessary resources. 

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.  Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit www.artsboard.wisconsin.gov. For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit www.portalwisconsin.org.

Members of the Wisconsin Arts Board's Creative Industries Committee

Tamara Brantmeier Director | UW Stout School of Art and Design, Menomonie

Roy Elkins Founder | Broadjam.com, Madison

Zach Halmstad Founder and Co-CEO | JAMF Software, Eau Claire

Ted Hamm Director | eTude Group, Sheboygan

Ken Hanson Chief Executive Officer | Hanson Dodge Creative/Greater Together, Milwaukee

Christine Harris CEO and Chief Connector | Christine Harris Connections, Milwaukee

Susan Lipp Chairman | Full Compass Systems, Madison

Kevin Miller Chairperson | Wisconsin Arts Board, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac

Ben Richgruber Executive Director | Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, Eau Claire

Denise Roberts McKee Chief Operating Officer | About Face Media, Kenosha

Jeremy Shamrowicz Creative Director and Owner | FLUX Design, Milwaukee

James Shields Architect, Design Principal | HGA; Assoc. Prof. UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee

John Short Campus Dean & Chief Executive Officer | UW-Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac

Dennis Winters Chief Economist | Office of Economic Advisors, WI Department of Workforce Development, Madison