The Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity's new report is a blueprint for which construction has already begun. Lt Governor Barbara Lawton and State Public Instruction Superintendent Libby Burmaster teamed up with educators, politicians, business people and artists on the plan. It aims to assert arts, including music, theater and literary studies, into curriculums throughout the state.
While speaking Friday at the two-day Wisconsin Creative Summit, Lawton says the report is not just conceptual but "an action plan" that names those responsible for the progress.
The Lt. Governor says communities across Wisconsin have already stepped up to put the ideas into motion through pilot programs.
One lesson is "Kid Curators" which involves children developing their own museum exhibit about a topic they are studying. Another is "Taproot" which teaches kids the full range of the movie making process.
Lawton also reinforced a message that she's been plugging lately , imagination based learning is an essential part of a 21st century workforce.
"This is the beginning, the launch of something that will define our state and it couldn't be more important," says Lawton.