Wisconsin’s artists step up to inspire their communities during a challenging time


With shows canceled and venues closed for the foreseeable future, the arts are one of the industries hit hardest by COVID-19. Virtual tip jars, assistance programs and support funds have popped up to help keep performers afloat financially, but even more inspiring than the support artists are receiving from Wisconsin communities is the support they are giving back.

“Frontline Heroes,” Mauricio Ramirez, Milwaukee (Photo credit: Adam Carr, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service)

Both professional and amateur artists are summoning Wisconsin’s spirit of innovation to find creative ways to connect and inspire their communities from a distance. “Frontline Heroes,” a mural by Milwaukee artist Mauricio Ramirez, was recently featured in a New York Times roundup of street art inspired by the pandemic. Meanwhile, with its gallery closed, the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center in Wisconsin Rapids put out a call to the community to enter works in its Social Distancing Online Art Exhibit.

Central Wisconsin Cultural Center’s Social Distancing Online Art Exhibit, Wisconsin Rapids

The Madison Public Library’s Bubbler arts hub has developed a full schedule of programming titled ‘Bubbler in Your Bubble,’ and has curated a list of at-home creativity resources like writing prompts, drawing…

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