President of LOLA Board Appointed to WI Arts Board!

President of LOLA Board Lynn Richie has accepted an appointment to the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The WI Arts Board is a state agency which “nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development”, according to artsboard.wisconsin.gov.  Board Members receive their appointment from the Governor and serve three-year terms.

“I am very excited, said Richie.  “Any opportunity for me to participate in the promotion and discussion of the Arts in Wisconsin is a welcome one.”

The function of the board is to set policy for the agency and approve funding recommendations made by the peer review panels.  Meetings are open to the public and occur a minimum of four times per year.

To be appointed to the Board, candidates must be Wisconsin citizens “recognized for their accomplishments in the arts, humanities, business, education or public service,” according to artsboard.wisconsin.gov. 

“I strongly believe in the power of the Arts and in the strength and creativity of Wisconsin, said Richie. “It is a privilege and pleasure to be a member of WI Arts Board and support Wisconsin’s creative sector,” said Richie.

Before her appointment Richie served on a panel for the WI Arts Board, which is part of the Department of Tourism, along with LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in October 2017.  Richie and Powalisz facilitated a discussion on the importance of tourism and Creative Economy.  “Economic Development is a key focus in the WI Arts Board 2019-2021 Strategic Plan” continued Richie.  “I look forward to contributing to this goal by seeking, discussing, and exploring new opportunities to connect communities, engage businesses in supporting the Arts, and highlight the wealth of artistic talent in our state.”

Richie also serves on the Land O’ Lakes Community Public Art Committee, an entity that is working with the Town of Land O’ Lakes to bring more public art to the area.  

To learn more the Wisconsin Arts Board and how they help support  the Arts in Wisconsin, visit their website.