Anne Katz


Anne KatzArts Wisconsin

Anne is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s non-profit statewide community arts action, service, and development organization. Arts Wisconsin’s mission is to nurture, serve, promote and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities. Under her leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Katz received the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts in June 2010, and has been honored by Wisconsin Woman Magazine in March 2010 and by Madison Magazine in June 2004 for her community cultural development work. She was also recognized in 2008 and 2009 as one of the 25 most powerful arts leaders in the country, according to “Barry’s Blog,” an influential and widely-read arts blog written by former California Arts Council director Barry Hessenius.

Anne has worked with arts organizations in Madison and across the country, including the Madison Civic Center, Madison Committee for the Arts, Madison Repertory Theatre, O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT; and The Big Apple Circus, New Dramatists, Inc., and The Feld Ballet in NYC.

Anne was one of fifty global arts leaders participating in the 3rd class of the National Arts Strategies’ 2014-2015 Chief Executive Program. She 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 1993-94, graduated in 2004 from the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (now Leadership Wisconsin), and graduated in 2007 from the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Organizations in St. Paul, MN. She has been a peer review panelist for the Wisconsin Main Street Program, City of Milwaukee Arts Board, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Iowa Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. She is a past chair of the State Arts Action Council, the national network of statewide arts service and advocacy organizations, and serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and Wisconsin Downtown Action Council. She was a member of the planning committee for the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee and of the founding board of directors of the Wisconsin Nonprofits Association. She was chair of the City of Madison’s Cultural Plan Steering Committee 2009-2012, and was co-chair of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Arts Task Force in 2006-2008.

As a nationally-known arts advocate, she has been a featured speaker at arts, civic engagement, creative economy, economic development, and education conferences throughout Wisconsin, as well as conferences and summits in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Maine, Illinois, New York, and Tennessee.

She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a B.A. degree in Theater Arts, and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.