April 9, Creative Economy Update

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Mural in downtown Stevens Point painted by Alexander Landerman
A mural by artist Alexander Landerman has become a popular Instagram spot in downtown Stevens Point. The nonprofit CREATE Portage County, which funded the mural, plans to give grants to artists to create murals in small towns in the area. Rob Mentzer/WPR

As we navigate a time of economic uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, communities in central and northern Wisconsin are looking for ways to rebound. Along with the tourism industry, the cultural and creative sectors have been hard hit by the economic downturn. Shereen Siewert welcomes representatives from three organizations in the region who are finding innovative ways to harness creativity and collaboration to create a positive impact on the local economy.

Lillian Bittman, communications chair of the Waupaca Community Arts Board will discuss efforts to bring art and music back to the region, while CREATE Portage County Founder Bill Schierl and Executive Director Greg Wright will share their vision for building vibrant, welcoming communities through creativity and collaboration. From ArtStart Rhinelander, Program and Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin and Development and Communications Associate Traci Stinebrink will discuss the connection between cultural engagement and the area’s robust tourism industry.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Lillian Bittman Guest
  • Greg Wright Guest
  • Bill Schierl Guest
  • Ashley McLaughlin Guest
  • Traci Stinebrink Guest