“THERE IS NO DISCIPLINE THAT NURTURES AND SPARKS THE COGNITIVE ABILITY TO IMAGINE, AND UNLEASHES CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION, MORE THAN ARTS AND CULTURE. THERE IS NO APPROACH THAT BREAKS BARRIERS, CONNECTS ACROSS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, AND ENGAGES OUR SHARED VALUES MORE THAN ARTS AND CULTURE. THERE IS NO INVESTMENT THAT CONNECTS US TO EACH OTHER, MOVES US TO ACTION, AND STRENGTHENS OUR ABILITY TO MAKE COLLECTIVE CHOICES MORE THAN ARTS AND CULTURE.”– ERIC FRIEDENWALD-FISHMAN (FROM “NO ART? NO SOCIAL CHANGE. NO INNOVATION ECONOMY.” STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW)
How Great, Thou Art(s)
Arts & Culture in Sauk County – why is it important?
Only three of Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties support an Arts and Culture program. Two of those are the state’s most populous – Milwaukee and Dane counties. The other is a rural surprise – Sauk County, population ~65,000.
Question: Is there merit in supporting ‘soft’ causes like Arts & Culture when hard budget decisions have to be made?
(An) answer: If leaders are committed to inspiring pride of place, promoting progress and establishing Sauk County as a remarkable and desirable place to live and work, the answer is yes.
Arts and culture are about more than performances and pretty things. If Arts and culture seem ‘soft,’ consider that they use similar processes and seek answers to some of the same questions as innovation and entrepreneurship: ‘What if?’ ‘Why not?’ and ‘How to?’
Without creativity, there is neither art nor culture. Without creativity, there is no innovation. Without creativity, affinity for the ‘same old’ becomes an anchor to advancement. Seeing new patterns, solving problems, willingness to try new stuff – the core of creativity – cannot happen if the community culture is unaccustomed to experiencing change as a fresh new view.
Sauk County’s longstanding support of Arts & Culture (since 1997) sends a message – to residents, to visitors, to other counties – that we value innovation, creative expression, and the willingness to try stuff. It is a statement of visionary leadership, support of possibility and commitment to progress.
“ART IS AN ADVENTURE INTO AN UNKNOWN WORLD, WHICH CAN ONLY BE EXPLORED BY THOSE WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK.”- MARK ROTHKO
“ONLY THOSE WHO WILL RISK GOING TOO FAR CAN POSSIBLY FIND OUT HOW FAR ONE CAN GO.”- TS ELIOT
Arts, Humanities and Historic Preservation (AHHP) Grants
This type of grant supports major projects developed by community organizations and local governments seeking supplementary funds for local arts, history or humanities projects. Award amounts are up to $5,000 and require matching funds. Grant applications are usually due in late February. Eligible projects could include public exhibitions, performances, publications, lectures, and documentaries. For more information and application materials, please visit: https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/artsandculture/arts-humanities-historic-preservation-ahhp-grants
Good Idea! Grant Program
This incubator grant program is designed to support and leverage the creativity of Sauk County artists, craftspeople, musicians, writers, historians and non-profit arts, humanities or historical preservation organizations in endeavors that will contribute to Sauk County’s creative economy. Awards are a maximum of $500 and may be applied for any time during the year. For more information and application materials, please visit: https://www.co.sauk.wi.us/artsandculture/good-idea-mini-grant
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