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Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times
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    • 1. Art is not a frill, it’s part of the solution: surviving, thriving and speaking up in these ‘interesting’ times Ideas | Resources | Actions Viroqua, WI | June 9, 2009
    • 2. Workshop details   <ul><li>About Arts Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>The good news and the bad news facing Wisconsin’s arts industry </li></ul><ul><li>The economy and the arts: by the numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Eight high-priority strategies to keep moving forward </li></ul><ul><li>Five things you can do tomorrow to keep moving forward </li></ul>
    • 3. About Arts Wisconsin <ul><li>Who we are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisconsin’s statewide arts service, development and advocacy organization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vision: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to the arts for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The only independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization speaking up and working for the arts, culture, creativity and innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programs and services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>advocacy, professional development, research and information, networks and strategic partnerships </li></ul></ul>
    • 4. The bad news <ul><li>Fewer jobs overall statewide and nationally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less disposable income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less individual contributions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less money to spend on tickets, exhibit fees, programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Anxiety and uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Declining public revenue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$6.7 deficit for Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State deficit will affect personnel, city, county revenues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corporate and foundation stock and fund values are way down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less corporate and foundation contributed income </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General feeling – exacerbated in this environment - that the arts are “a frill” and funding should go to basic needs </li></ul>
    • 5. The good news <ul><li>Growing awareness in Wisconsin and globally with business, political and civic leaders that the arts are a viable industry and occupation </li></ul><ul><li>Lt. Governor Lawton and State Superintendent Burmaster led the Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Local and Hollywood film industry is growing in Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Cities, towns and villages across the state are taking stock of, investing in and promoting their arts and creative people, organizations and communities </li></ul>
    • 6. The Economy and the Arts: By the Numbers <ul><li>10,000: Number of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations at risk of closing their doors in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>260,000: Number of jobs lost if that many institutions close this year. </li></ul><ul><li>$166.2 billion: Economic activity generated annually by American nonprofit arts groups. </li></ul><ul><li>5.7 million: Number of full-time jobs supported by the arts. </li></ul><ul><li>$29.6-billion: Amount of tax revenue generated by arts organizations (including federal, state, and local taxes). </li></ul><ul><li>6%: Unemployment rate for artists at the end of 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>129,000: Number of artists unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 63 percent from 2007. </li></ul>
    • 7. Resources - Wisconsin <ul><li>ArtsBuild </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Arts Board </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Nonprofits Association </li></ul><ul><li>UW Small Business Development Centers </li></ul><ul><li>UW Center for Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>UW Center for Nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>UW Swap Shop </li></ul>
    • 8. Resources - National <ul><li>Americans for the Arts </li></ul><ul><li>National Endowment for the Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Springboard for the Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Fractured Atlas </li></ul><ul><li>eTapestry </li></ul><ul><li>TechSoup </li></ul>
    • 9. Resources - Organizational <ul><li>UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies - Nonprofit Development Training Series </li></ul><ul><li>UW-Madison Grants Information Center </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit Management Center - BoardStar </li></ul><ul><li>BoardSource </li></ul><ul><li>Chronicle of Philanthropy </li></ul><ul><li>The Foundation Center </li></ul>
    • 10. Eight high-priority strategies - #1 <ul><li>Plan, plan, plan: Embed strategic planning and thinking, visioning, and capacity building, into the fabric of your nonprofit. </li></ul>
    • 11. Eight high-priority strategies - #2 <ul><li>Strengthen the board and your audiences/ </li></ul><ul><li>constituents/customers: Organizations need engaged, pro-active audiences, or even the best groups will suffer during a poor economy. </li></ul>
    • 12. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #3 <ul><li>Break old habits and make new ones: </li></ul><ul><li>Find new sources of support, resources and ways of doing things </li></ul>
    • 13. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #4 <ul><li>Partner and collaborate: </li></ul><ul><li>Join forces with other people, organizations, agencies and groups to share resources and costs for administration, supplies, programs and/or events </li></ul>
    • 14. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #5 <ul><li>Make cuts carefully: Your service to the community is at the heart of your purpose and mission. Do everything possible to avoid hurting the quality of and access to programs. </li></ul>
    • 15. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #6 <ul><li>Don't lay off the wrong people: As the recession eases, organizations that lose their resources will have trouble regaining ground quickly. </li></ul>
    • 16. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #7 <ul><li>Think local: Commit to local activities to raise the institution's visibility and demonstrate its role as integral to the fabric and health of your community. </li></ul>
    • 17. Eight High-Priority Strategies - #8 <ul><li>Think globally, too: </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to and get involved in regional and state advocacy efforts, partnerships, mindsets, and problem solving approaches. </li></ul>
    • 18. Eight High Priority Strategies - #9 <ul><li>Don’t panic: </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of wringing your hands, roll up your sleeves and get to work, and vent as often as possible to any sympathetic ear you can find! </li></ul>
    • 19. Call on Arts Wisconsin and ArtsBuild <ul><li>Anne Katz </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>608.255.8316 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.artswisconsin.org </li></ul>Carole Spelic ArtsBuild 608.342.1314 [email_address] www.uwplatt.edu/cont_ed/artsbuild/

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