Creative Community Forum, Menomonie, 10-23-21

Join colleagues and friends at a Creative Community Forum, “Creating the New Normal: Chippewa Valley Arts in the Post-Pandemic World,” a gathering to discuss and plan for the region’s creative future happening Saturday, October 23, 10 am – 12 noon, in the Ballrooms at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center. 

The Forum is free and open to all, and hosted by UW Stout, Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Pablo Center at the Confluence, and Arts Wisconsin.  Everyone who cares about the future of the Chippewa Valley is invited to attend.  RSVP here.

The Forum will bring together people from the arts, business, education, government, political and civic worlds in a community meeting to help re-imagine the possibilities for the arts and culture in the region. We plan a lively discussion and sharing of ideas, dreams, thoughts, recommendations and actions on growing the creative economy at home and beyond.

Creativity and imagination have gotten every one of us through the pandemic. We have all been forced to be more creative than we ever imagined we could be as we have dealt with losses and missed opportunities.

The arts and culture sustain and attract people and businesses that underpin local economies. Even before the pandemic, many Wisconsin communities were experiencing population declines that impacted their local economies, with fewer workers, jobs, and businesses, and slower growth in income. Those communities that were thriving share common features: a diverse economy featuring vibrant creative businesses harnessing culture, arts, and places, and businesses which locate in communities that are attractive for their managers and employees.

The pandemic era has been hard for all of us, especially creative sector businesses and workers. But there’s hope on the horizon as the pandemic eases. The Chippewa Valley has all the assets it needs to build a new normal and re-activate the region’s creative economy, workforce and community power from the ground up.

Schedule (subject to change):

  • 9 am – registration and coffee begins
  • 10 am – welcome by UW-Stout Chancellor Katherine P. Frank and partners
  • 10:15 am – Setting the stage, with Anne Katz, Director, Arts Wisconsin
  • 10:20 am – Panel discussion about the state of the arts and creative economy in the Chippewa Valley, facilitated by Dr. Chiwei (Jerry) Hui, UW-Stout
  • 11 am – Small group discussions
  • 11:30 am – groups report out
  • 11:45 am – closing and next steps – 12 noon – adjourn