He was still very interested in this original idea and the last month and a half has been spent creating said proposal, doing research on Arts Commissions in Wisconsin cities and other cities, and talking with people throughout Kenosha including the leaders of the institutions, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, the musician’s organization that has recently been created, the artists’ community, and politicians.
The overwhelming reaction has been positive and the hope is that a commission backed by the city will not only help in supporting the arts but also in developing first downtown and then other parts of Kenosha into the best arts and entertainment districts they can be.
There is also hope that, with a clear agenda and mission statement already laid out, this commission will escape the fate of so many groups that have come before where unstructured conversation continues for months until members give up and leave.
Businesses, like Jockey and Snap-On, were contacted, all the major institutions, including KUSD, were contacted, and city businesses and arts organizations that are in existence were contacted. Again, the overwhelming response has been excitement and positivity.
However, now that the proposal is on Mayor Bosman’s desk, he wants to hear what YOU, the reader, have to say – both the good and the bad. The Mayor is welcoming email comments directly to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposal, which is available for everyone to read, is available HERE.