The Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says Wisconsin's economy needs creativity and the arts are good place to start.
Anne Katz says the arts make us human and that's why the arts are important. She says we're in a new economy, one that is has new possibilities. She says the traditional economies of farming and manufacturing are not going away but changing....
".....we need to develop new economies, not just Rhinelander and the Northwoods, but worldwide is creativity. Because creativity, imagination, entrepreneurship, innovation, those are the hallmarks of success in the 21st century...."
Katz says she is seeing an explosion of arts in the Northwoods. She says Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Eagle River, Land O' Lakes and Minocqua are communities with art centers. She says the School of the Arts at Rhinelander is continuing past 50 years.
She says the Northwoods is a haven for artistic people and the growth is exciting. She says change is hard in the arts world, but the resources are there for creative people.
Katz spoke Friday to a group at ArtStart in Rhinelander.