When you think of major industries in Wisconsin, paper mills and brewing may come to mind. But museums, art galleries, and theaters employ more people in the state than those other businesses, according to Arts Wisconsin director Anne Katz.
She says the arts normally provide about 100,000 jobs in Wisconsin, putting $11 billion into the state’s economy.
“That’s more jobs than the beer, biotechs, and papermaking industries in the state,” said Katz, who was speaking Friday on-line with the La Crosse arts board.
COVID-19 shut down most art-related companies last year, and Katz says it will be tough to get them back up to speed, partly because performing groups are still limiting ticket sales under pandemic guidelines.