Yohnk Named to Arts Wisconsin Board


Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s leading arts independent service, advocacy and development organization, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Dean Yohnk, UW-Barron County Dean, to the Board of Directors, for a term of three years beginning in January 2014. The Board of Directors guides and advances Arts Wisconsin’s mission of civic engagement through the arts and creativity for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin, and to benefit from the arts as essential components of Wisconsin’s economy, educational system, and civic life. 

Dean began his term as the new Dean and Campus Executive Officer (CEO) at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake on January 1, 2014. Prior to this recent appointment, Dean served on the faculty at UW-Parkside in Kenosha for over ten years and was the founding Dean of Arts and Humanities and the Director of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities at UW-Parkside, which opened in 2011.

“We’re thrilled that Dean has joined Arts Wisconsin’s Board of Directors,” says Debra Karp, current board president. “He brings energy, a passionate commitment to education and access to the arts, and a wonderfully creative perspective to our organization. We look forward to working with him to grow arts opportunities throughout the state.”

Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s leading independent multi-disciplinary arts organization working for and speaking up for the arts, arts education and creative economy statewide. Arts Wisconsin’s mission, vision and purpose are guided by the belief that everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, and that the arts are essential tools for economic vitality, educational advancement and civic engagement in Wisconsin communities large and small. Since its founding in 1992, Arts Wisconsin has provided advocacy, professional development, management and leadership services, communication and visibility, and resources and tools to people, organizations and communities making the arts happen in Wisconsin. Arts Wisconsin was honored by the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts with the Governor’s

Award in Support of the Arts in 2004. Learn more about Arts Wisconsin at www.artswisconsin.org.

For more information, contact Anne Katz, Executive Director, at 608 255 8316 / akatz@artswisconsin.org.


Barb Lang