Save the Wisconsin 4-H Arts Programs!

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Due to state budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System in 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX), which includes the 4-H program, is facing a statewide restructuring process in order to best allocate resources and staff in order to continue to provide programming. As a result of this restructuring, the loss of the State 4-H Arts Specialist position, as well as arts programs such as the State Arts Teams (Communications Team, Drama Company & Art Team) and State Arts Camps, is extremely possible. 

These art opportunities are available to 4-H youth across the state of Wisconsin and provide unique opportunities for gaining networking, diversity, collaboration and problem-solving skills, as well as an opportunity to explore the arts and all they have to offer. The State 4-H Art Teams and Camps have made a huge impact on the lives of countless Wisconsin youth for over 50 years, as they foster the core 4-H values of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. The irreplaceable experiences and skills gained through State Arts Programs are often taken back to individual county programs by the youth in order to share with their peers the opportunities available to them through 4-H.

With the elimination of Wisconsin 4-H Art Programs by the nEXT Generation Committee, the next generation of 4-H youth will lose their access to these art opportunities; opportunities that are unique to Wisconsin's 4-H program. 

Please join us in supporting the arts in Wisconsin 4-H by signing this petition and/or writing a letter to the nEXT Generation Committee and sharing your experiences with the arts in 4-H. 

4-H is a revolution of responsibility and it starts with us.

Addresses for sending letters:

Dale Leidheiser, State 4-H Program Director
637 Extension Building
432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706

Karl Martin, Cooperative Extension Dean & Director
601 Extension Building
432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706

Cathy Sandeen, University of Wisconsin Colleges & Extension Chancellor
527 Extension Building
432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706

 nEXT Generation Committee: nextgencommunications@ces.uwex.edu



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