Anne Katz is executive director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, whose mission is to nurture, serve, promote, and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all its communities. 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 on the local level.
Anne was an Arts Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and was a member of the 2014-2015 class of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program, a global leadership program focused on community cultural development. Under Anne’s leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts. Anne has received the Alene Valkanas Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, the “Service to Music” Award from the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award.
She has served on panels for agencies and organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and has consulting on planning and visioning with hundreds (or probably, thousands) of arts, cultural and creative programs, organizations, and initiatives in Wisconsin and beyond. Anne serves on the board of directors of the State Arts Action Network, Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Leadership Wisconsin, UW-Madison/Extension Board of Visitors, and the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council.