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Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture2018-10-18T09:20:51+00:00

A MULTICULTURAL WORLD FOUND IN WISCONSIN®

Wisconsin’s history, ingenuity and surrounding natural beauty have only encouraged our hunger for making a mark on the world. From Frank Lloyd Wright pushing the convention of design from architecture to art to the birth of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American Modernism, Wisconsinites live to aspire, inspire and express themselves in a way that connects them to the rest of the world through music, art and more.

Our culture goes beyond simple entertainment; it’s what brings us together, shares our unique stories and allows us to understand other perspectives. Our creations take us to places across the globe—without stepping foot outside—and allow us to laugh, learn and empathize. It’s what makes a difference in Wisconsin and the world.

ARTS & CULTURE RANKINGS

Wisconsin’s cultural events succeed in bringing people together to learn, celebrate and have fun.

LARGEST

MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD
Milwaukee's Summerfest includes 11 days of fun, 800 bands and 800,000+ annual attendees.

Summerfest.com, 2017

#2

HIPPEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY
Madison's bar and restaurant scene, live music, farmers market, art district, lakes and festivals have gained local and global praise.

Expedia, 2017

11

FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
There are also countless other non-federally recognized tribes.

Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association

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Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off November 5

With more than 150 events happening around the state, Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and to promote efforts to provide additional support for startups and early-stage companies. Read More

WISCONSIN NEWS

From the latest announcements and economic developments to behind-the-scenes insight into the best state in the Midwest, find complete coverage of all things Wisconsin here.

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HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

Charming small-town living with close proximity to major metro areas

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Education, culture-rich communities and $1 billion in yearly research

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Lake Michigan, old world charm and craft beer and Wisconsin’s largest city

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Scenic landscape, high qualify of life and an abundance of recreational activities

VISIT WEST CENTRAL

Extraordinary quality of life, outdoor recreation and business-friendly communities

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Impactful careers, family living and recreational opportunities galore​

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

VISIT NORTH

HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

One thing Wisconsin’s regions all have in common is how unique they are. Every community in Wisconsin holds its own individual charm and characteristics, making our state one of the best options for fulfilling your personal and career goals.

From the natural playground of our forests and lakes to the vibrant communities hosting world-renowned festivals and farmers markets, Wisconsin balances enriching experiences with the essentials of a superior education and high-quality healthcare. Regardless of what you’re looking for, one of our safe, diverse neighborhoods is a good place to start being more you.

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WISCONSIN STORIES

Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“I think the best part of living and doing business in Wisconsin really is the people. Everyone is so nice. I’ve heard people say there’s something in the water. I don’t think’s that’s quite right … I really just think there’s something in the beer.”

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GRANT PAULY • 3 SHEEPS BREWING • SHEBOYGAN

“We came here for the beautiful countryside, we came here for the schooling options, the access to amazing food. It’s really been a great place to start a family and start this business.”

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TJ SEMANCHIN• KICKAPOO COFFEE • VIROQUA

“Not all of the owners are from Park Falls specifically, but choose to live in this state because they find a quality of life that [they] haven’t found elsewhere.”

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SETH CARLSON • PARK FALLS GASTROPUB • PARK FALLS

“If this (game development with his current company) is going to happen – it needs to happen in Wisconsin. The state has a strong engineering background and strong education background, but also a strong artistic background. Wisconsin brings the best of these unique backgrounds together.”

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TIM GERRITSEN • BUSINESS OWNER

“Wisconsin is the best state for us. The balance of network support, the economics and the opportunity for social and culture. Wisconsin is ideal for anyone’s success.”

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WESLEY ESCONDO • BUSINESS OWNER

“Living in Austin (Texas) was getting to be too expensive. There are a lot of opportunities in Wausau with major companies. We took promotions when we moved here. And the commute times are shorter so I get more time with my family.”

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TINA & PATRICK REVELL • HOMEOWNERS

“Wisconsin is great for it. The cost of living is amazing, the people are amazing, you have access to so many things. You don’t need to live in a Chicago, San Francisco, New York … they are great cities, but if you can get  all those amenities here, at a much lower cost, why wouldn’t you?”

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DAVE HEALY • MADMARKER STUDIOS • MOUNT HOREB

“There is a sense of belonging that I feel in Eau Claire that I don’t think I would feel if I was living in a different city.”

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AARON BRICE • AMBIENT INKS • EAU CLAIRE

“Choosing Wisconsin was a perfect fit for our company and part of it was the people that live in the great state of Wisconsin.”

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LARRY KLENC • MCPHERSON GUITARS • SPARTA