Meet Your Federal Arts Advocacy Captain

Anne Katz

Anne Katz is the executive director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, whose mission is to grow Wisconsin creatively and ensure investment in the arts and creativity as a force for economic, workforce and community success. She guides Arts Wisconsin’s programs and activities, serves Wisconsin’s diverse and ever-expanding creative community, and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries from the local level on up.

Before she joined Arts Wisconsin in 1995, Katz was the director of development and outreach for the Madison Civic Center, Madison, WI, for four-and-a-half years. During that time, she made the Civic Center—a major, municipally owned performing arts center that presents a full season of music, dance, and theater performances and events—available and accessible to the entire Madison community. She also spent two years as the city of Madison’s arts coordinator and a staff member of the Madison Committee for the Arts. She has worked in administrative roles with a number of other arts organizations around the country, including the Madison Repertory Theatre and Festival of the Lakes in Madison; Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT; The Big Apple Circus; New Dramatists, Inc.; and The Feld Ballet in New York City.

Katz was an arts administration fellow in the Locals Program of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988; was selected as a member of the first class of Leadership Greater Madison in 1993–1994; and was a member of Group X of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, and the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies. Among her other accomplishments, she has participated in and spoken at numerous conferences and summits on the arts, arts advocacy, the creative economy, and economic development; was a member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee Steering Committee; served as a member of the State of Wisconsin’s Special Legislative Study Committee on Arts Funding and as chair of the City of Madison Cultural Plan; and has been a peer review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, State of Maine Arts Commission, South Dakota Council on the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, Wisconsin Main Street Program, UW-Madison Division of the Arts, City of Milwaukee Arts Board, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Sauk County UW Extension Arts Committee, Wisconsin Technology Council, and National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

Katz is a graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in theater arts and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. She is a member of TEMPO Madison, serves on the boards of the UW-Extension Board of Visitors, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and Leadership Wisconsin, and is a past president of the board of directors of Wisconsin Rural Partners and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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