G. Individual Areas of Focus Recap for 2023
- Chair Ritcherson’s area of focus is to keep the commission at full capacity. Keeping an
updated pool of prospective commissioners ready to replace any departing
commissioners is an essential part of this process.
- In 2023, Chair Ritcherson and Director Fraire examined the feasibility and possibility of
formulating a 501(c)(3) Dane Arts friends group. In 2024, Chair Ritcherson’s focus is to
establish an independent 501(c)(3) fundraising arm of the Dane Arts Commission.
- Commissioner Handy has been working closely with Director Fraire to hire two
consultants who will assist in implementing an external corporate employee giving
program. Funds from this program would be received by the Dane Arts friends group.
Commissioner Handy will continue working on this strategy with the intent of launching
the first effort in 2024.
- Communities that have implemented a similar program created by Robb Hankins on
average raise $2 million per community.
- Commissioner Puleo Moyer and Commissioner Yudice are working together in the
Community Engagement Area of Focus and suggest a member of commission write a
letter to the Wisconsin State Journal about the Arts and Economic Prosperity survey
- Community engagement focus in 2024 includes exploring options for volunteers to sign
up for events, potential for commissioners to write editorials on the work of Dane Arts,
and the collection of testimonials from funded organizations on the impact of the Dane
Arts more strategically.
- Vice Chair Klehr noted that an ongoing mission of the commission is continued focus
on visibility, connectedness, and promoting the value of Dane Arts.
- Vice Chair Klehr will continue to update the Commission Handbook, including updated
language to encourage commissioners chair grant review panels.
- Commissioner Curet will continue facilitating the WebGrants software update and
streamlining the process for administration and staff.
- Commissioner Miquelon’s focus in 2023 was collecting Arts and Economic Prosperity
audience intercept surveys through youth artist participation, which she calls “artivisim.”
- Director Fraire will send commissioners key talking points about the Arts and Economic
Prosperity study results and encourages them to share the one-page summary for Dane
County with their networks.
- In 2023, $20,000 was added to each of the two grant cycles for youth participation in the
- Commissioner Parks Snider discussed bringing youth together for a pop-up arts event
based around why art matters from their perspective. The resulting content could be
made into posters to display around the county. The objective of the project is to amplify
youth voices and heighten awareness of the impact of the arts.