We have some wonderful exhibits coming up this spring, including the Artwork of Janet Nelson in March, the Annual Whitewater Unified School District Art Exhibit in April, and Art From My Heart by Karolyn Alexander in May. Look for more information about these exhibits in our newsletter – and come visit the exhibits when you can!
March is a month where we talk about the impact that Arts have on communities everywhere. We know that communities thrive and grow when they have access to the Arts; studies show that local investment in the creative economy attracts business, residents and visitors and improves quality of life for everyone.
Did you know these three facts, taken from national research done by Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis?
Wisconsin’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector is a $535 million industry, resulting in nearly $65 million in local and state tax revenues, 22,872 in full-time equivalent jobs and$479 million in resident income (source: Americans for the Arts and Wisconsin Arts Board).
According to Dun & Bradstreet, Wisconsin’s creative sector encompasses over 12,000 businesses and employs nearly 50,000 people in full-time jobs – mostly with small, entrepreneurial companies.
In 2017 the arts & cultural sector contributed $760 billion (4.2 %) to the U.S. economy.
This information doesn’t even count the impact that the Arts have on students’ learning and civic engagement (I’ll share those facts another time!). These facts, and a desire to make sure that Whitewater schools and community have access to Art in all its forms, are what motivate the Whitewater Arts Alliance volunteers and board to manage shows and concerts, serve as docents, make cookies for receptions, and spend time on strategic planning for the organization. We would love to have your help if you are interested in volunteering or serving on the board.
One of these events, that will be part of the School district Art Exhibit in April, is an “Inclusive Excellence in the Arts” dance performance on April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Cultural Art Center. Two Inclusive Excellence Scholars who are working with UW-W’s College of Arts and Communication will do a dance concert and panel discussion, discussing their creative process and inspiration behind their work. Dr. Alessandra Williams has conducted research and taught classes in Asian American and African American dance, as well as performed nationally and internationally with the Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theatre company. Alfonso Cervera is the co-artistic director of Primera Generacion Dance Collective and has performed internationally and nationally with works that convey ideas on the Mexican-American experience. Cervera also utilizes his own technique “Poc-Chuc” that fuses Ballet Folklorico and Post-Modern techniques and aesthetics.
Do something creative today – and visit us at the CAC!
Megan Matthews, President
Whitewater Arts Alliance Board of Directors