Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times

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  • Surviving, Thriving and Speaking Up for the Arts in These "Interesting" Times

    1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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