Wisconsin Creative Summit 2017

The Tie That Binds: Telling your story in the arts, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm, at The IDEA Center, Stevens Point: a day-long networking and learning conference for people who are involved in and care about the arts in their communities, featuring Savannah Barrett of The Art of the Rural.


The arts and creativity are “the tie that binds” during these “interesting” times.   With changes and upheavals in politics, civic discourse, education, development, and the environment, it’s more important than ever for all of us to come together to tell our stories, find common ground, and connect through community and creativity. 

Come to the Wisconsin Creative Summit to tell your story:  what’s happening in the arts, in your community, and around the state.   Spend the day with people who are doing the same work you are doing, facing the same challenges, exploring the same ideas.  The Summit is all about sharing your successes and challenges and strengthening your work.

We’re thrilled to welcome Savannah Barrett, Director of Programs for Art of the Rural and co-founder of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, as our keynote speaker.  A national leader in community-based placemaking and connections in communities of all sizes, Savannah will share the story of her work, and help Summit attendees tell their stories and be energized and empowered for the work ahead.

If you are involved with and care about the arts in your community as a staff member, board member, or community activist, you should attend this conference.  Learn from old and new friends about the role, impact and benefits of the arts in their communities, and share what’s happening in yours.   

The Summit location is CREATE Portage County's The IDEA Center, 1309 Ellis Drive, Stevens Point.  Your $25 registration fee covers morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and materials.  See you at the Summit!

The Wisconsin Creative Summit is made possible by the generous support of the Wisconsin Arts Board, The Kohler Foundation, and the Herbert H. Kohl Charities.

Schedule (subject to change):

9:30 am:  Coffee and registration

10 am:  Welcome and introductionswhat’s the most interesting thing that’s happened with the arts in your life recently?  

11 am:  Update on the arts and politics in Wisconsin, with Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin

11:15 am:  Panel presentation:  Happening in Wisconsin:  Rural/Urban Connections through the Arts, with panelists Melinda Childs, Artstart Rhinelander and Angela Allen, UW Extension, Milwaukee Counity.

12:15 pm:  Networking lunch

1 pm:   Keynote speaker Savannah Barrett and Storycircle Session

Savannah Barrett will lead the conference attendees in a session about commonality, identity, and belonging in Wisconsin. 

Savannah Barrett is a national leader in community-based placemaking and connections in communities of all sizes, working with The Art of the Rural and the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. Art of the Rural is a national organization that advances rural culture and quality of life through relationships that connect communities, cultivate dialogue, and forward rural-urban exchange. The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) is a statewide program that assembles a diverse cohort to explore commonalities, deepen connections to people and places, and collaborate towards place-based innovation. Founded in 2014 by Art of the Rural and Appalshop, the mission of the Kentucky RUX is to grow relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth. 

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange strives to teach by doing, exploring frameworks for collaboration so that the processes that help the cohort build relationships also teach them how to strengthen their own communities.

3 pm:  Small group roundtable action discussions:  focusing on advocacy, programming, fundraising, and marketing strategies, ideas, and resources to use at home

3:45 pm:  Report out and wrap up discussion:  what are three things you’ve going to do when you get home for your organization and community? 

4 pm:  Adjourn

About Savannah BarrettSavannah Barrett is the Director of Programs for Art of the Rural and co-founder of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. She serves the board of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, the Art of Community: Rural SC, and the Robert E. Gard Foundation, has served on the review panel for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design and on the Innovation Team for EmcArts’ Community Innovation Lab program. She has widely published essays and interviews. She holds a Masters of Arts Management from the University of Oregon, and is an alumnus of the Muhammad Ali Scholars for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville and from the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. She previously guided programs for the Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy, the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Oregon Folklife Network, Paul Paletti Gallery, and Salvo Collective.  

Savannah is a twelfth-generation Grayson Countian and was raised on a seventh-generation homeplace in Grayson Springs, Kentucky, where she co-founded a local arts agency in high school. She is a proud steward of six acres of her homeplace, but currently lives in Louisville.     



November 29th, 2017 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
The IDEA Center
1309 Ellis Street
Stevens Point, WI
United States

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Participant fee $ 25.00

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