Arts Day 2013 will feature Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland as a speaker. A must for Wisconsin artists and arts advocates alike, Arts Day is the most important day of the year for the arts throughout Wisconsin. Wisconsinites from the worlds of the arts, business, education, civic issues, politics, and government will meet and rally with Wisconsin’s political leadership at Arts Day 2013 on Wednesday, March 13th, beginning at 8:00 am at The Concourse Hotel and the State Capitol in downtown Madison.
Arts Day 2013 celebrates creativity at work and Wisconsin's bountiful human, social and civic assets, and the opportunities to lead nationally and globally in 21st century jobs and business. Investment in Wisconsin’s creative infrastructure is all about investment in good jobs, 21st century education, engaged residents, and livable communities, and is directly tied to helping the state, its people, and its communities, thrive.
Max Garland of Eau Claire served as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. A first generation college student, Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990; he is Professor Emeritus of English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and was recently named Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire.