Anne Katz

Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin
PO Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701-1054
Phone: 608-255-8316

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 2010 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010, and has been honored by Wisconsin Women Magazine in March 2010 and by Madison Magazine in June 2004 for her community cultural development work. She was also recognized in 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 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, 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 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. Anne is a past chair of the State Arts Action Council, the national network of statewide arts service and advocacy organizations affiliated with Americans for the Arts, the national service organization for the arts, and serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Wisconsin Nonprofits Association and Wisconsin Downtown Action Council. She is chair of the City of Madison’s Cultural Plan Steering Committee, and was co-chair of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Arts Task Force in 2008.

A noted speaker and trainer, she has been featured at the Maine Community Arts Conference and the Tennessee Arts Commission’s “Talk to Me” Conference, as well as numerous arts, creative economy, education, economic development and civic conferences in Wisconsin.

Anne 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.  She is also a singer and performer in the Madison area.