Fort Atkinson Arts Council is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a Jurried Show for Artists at the Hoard Historical Museum. Applications and more information are available here: Juried Art Show Application-Fort Arts Council. Please mark your calendars for the show, which will run from October 17 through 29, 2015. The Opening Reception will be October 17, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will offer CASH AWARDS for winning artists.
The 5th Annual Arts and Sparks in the Park Art Fair and Welding Rodeo will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (rain date 9/27). More details are available on our Welding Rodeo page. Artists are encouraged to apply NOW for the Fine Arts and Crafts Fair 2015 FACF Application. We are no longer taking applications for the Welding Rodeo–all spots have been filled!
Belong to a non-profit in Fort Atkinson or surrounding areas? If your organization would like to participate with a booth at Arts and Sparks in the Park with an interactive creativity- or recycling-based activity, we have room for you! Here’s the 2015 FACF NON-profit Application–booth fees are waived for non-profits!
The Fort Atkinson Arts Council, a 501 C (3) non-profit organization, is committed to Fort Atkinson’s local community by supporting all art forms including visual arts, theater arts, music, writing, film, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and multi-disciplinary art. Founded in 1983, volunteers have revived our commitment by co-hosting the Annual Winter Arts & Farmers Market, partnering with the Friends of Lorine Niedecker by supporting the Wisconsin Poetry Festival, partnering with the Fort Farmers Market with our Kids Art Tent on Saturdays, partnering with the Wisconsin Arts Board Jefferson County arts network, and through general assistance of arts and artists in the Fort Atkinson area.
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ARTS WISCONSIN ACTION ALERT from Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin http://www.artswisconsin.org/actioncenter/creative-economy-development-initiative/ Please take action for the Creative Economy Development Initiative, an innovative new program to grow Wisconsin's creative communities, educational ystems and economic opportunities. That means that your community can benefit! This program has a very good chance of becoming a reality, with your help. Please send a message today to let your legislators know that this is a good investment for Wisconsin. All the info you need to take action, including a template message, is in this Arts Action Alert. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), with these co-sponsors from around the state: Senators Darling, Moulton, Bewley, Hansen, C. Larson, Lassa, Miller, Shilling, L. Taylor, Vinehout and Petrowski, and Representatives Allen, Ballweg, Rohrkaste, Kitchens, Spiros, Berceau, Billings, Genrich, Kolste, Mason, Ohnstad, Shankland, Subeck, and C. Taylor. Senate Bill #483 was reviewed earlier in January by the Senate Committee on Small Business, Agriculture and Tourism and passed with eight yeas and one nay. Senators Erpenbach, Hansen, Harsdorf, Moulton, Petrowski, Vinehout, Taylor and Tiffany voted to support the legislation. Sen. LeMahieu voted against. Assembly Bill #636 was reviewed on January 27 by the Committee on Jobs and the Economy. Thanks to Greg Vadney, Director of the Rahr-West Museum in Manitowoc, Chelsey Masurek, Director of Communications for the Incourage Community Foundation in Wisconsin Rapids, and Linda Garrett, Director of the Clark Cultural Arts Center in Neillsville, for making the trip to Madsion to testify before the Committee. The committee will schedule a meeting to vote on the bill in the near future. Click here for a list of members of the Committee. After the bills pass committees in both houses, it will go before the full Legislature. With your help, this bill can become a reality! Please act now and ask your legislators to support this bill and invest in Wisconsin's future. Please thank those who have already signed on (see list above), and encourage support from those who have not yet indicated support. Let your representatives know that you want them to support this investment in Wisconsin's future. Arts Wisconsin's Legislative Action Center makes it easy for you. Your advocacy makes a difference. Success in politics (and in everything else, of course) happens because of focused, strategic, ongoing effort. The more who contact their representatives, the better the chance the representatives will be supportive. Now is the time for you to speak up and ask your legislators to support this important initiative! Click here for contact info for all legislators. WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: The Creative Economy Development Initiative, to be administered by the Wisconsin Arts Board, is a public/private partnership to leverage and grow artistic and creative assets and resources throughout Wisconsin, providing: local and regional creative economic development that creates and expands jobs, businesses and income, through downtown and community revitalization, civic engagement, and cultural tourism programs arts and creativity in education as a deliberate strategy for workforce development, to expand skills training; stimulate creative thinking, idea generation, innovation and inspiration; and enable entrepreneurship - all qualities needed in the 21st century world and workforce. strengthening capacity and entrepreneurship for and in the state's diverse arts infrastructure. The bill designates a total of $500,000 over the biennium to launch the program. Learn more about the Creative Economy Development Initiative. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO RIGHT NOW: Legislators needs to hear from constituents to know that there's support for the bill in their districts and across the state. NOW is the time to make your voice heard. Contact your legislators TODAY to ask them to support the bill. Arts Wisconsin has made it easy for you to send a personalized email with our Legislative Action Center. We've given you a template message to customize with examples and stories from your community. In addition to sending an email, it would be even better if you make a personal contact with your legislators in any way, either in the Capitol in Madison or when they are home in the district. Click here for contact info for all legislators. Arts Wisconsin has been working for several years to develop this legislation and expand Wisconsin's investment in the arts, arts education and creative economy locally and statewide. We will ontinue to educate and inform, but it's always best for representatives to hear from their constituents. Please act now! Once you've contacted your legislators, please ask your friends, colleagues, supporters and everyone you know who cares about Wisconsin's future to contact the legislators as well. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or community blog. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: Both bills will have public hearings before legislative committees. The bill must also be reviewed by the Joint Finance Committee prior to being approved by both the Senate and Assembly before it goes to the Governor to be signed into law. We don't know the timeline for these actions yet, but we will keep you in the know as we learn more. And sign up for Arts Day 2016 on Wednesday, March 9, to continue to speak up for the Initiative and for the arts and creativity in Wisconsin. It's the biggest day for the arts and creativity in the state, and you don't want to miss it. All the info you need for registration is here. Let's show our decision and policy-makers that the arts and creativity are important to the people of Wisconsin. The legislation will only become a reality if people like you take action. The Creative Economy Development Initiative is a good start for Wisconsin to lead the way in the arts and creativity. We'll keep you up to date on all developments. Please feel free to get in touch with Anne Katz, Executive Director, at 608 255 8316 | email@example.com with your questions and ideas. And thanks for acting now!
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