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Art funding in state among lowest in nation says group



Also says La Crosse is
known around state for its art 

Lawmakers in Madison are paying more attention to the role that the arts can play in the state’s economy.  

The head of the Arts Wisconsin group says a creative-economy concept could help the La Crosse area, as well as the entire state.  

Anne Katz told arts supporters in La Crosse that local legislators agree with promotion of arts activities.

Katz said Wisconsin is near the bottom in government funding of the arts per person.

She visited with arts groups and individuals in La Crosse on Monday. Katz said that La Crosse’s artistic community is known around the state at a meeting at the Grand River Station, which contains several apartments designed specifically for artists.

During the meeting Katz and local arts promoters talked about ideas, such as putting together a directory of artists who live in the region.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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