“Statewide Innovations in Arts Engagement, Infrastructure, Investment and Policy” Digital Exchange Highlights

“Statewide Innovations in Arts Engagement, Infrastructure, Investment and Policy” Digital Exchange Highlights

“Statewide Innovations in Arts Engagement, Infrastructure, Investment and Policy” Digital Exchange Highlights

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Next Generation Digital Exchange: State Innovations in the Arts

Featuring John Davis, Anne Katz, Colleen Landkamer, and Zach Mannheimer in conversation about statewide innovations in arts engagement, infrastructure, investment and policy. Thank you for listening!

Digital Exchange Q&A:

If you were to do only one thing in a rural community to stimulate creative engagement, what would it be?

“Take inventory of all the available buildings, figure out what’s needed in the community, and start small with a facility that’s an entry point for everyone in the community.” – Zach Mannheimer, Principal Community Planner, McClure Engineering Company

“Engage the community in ongoing meetings where everyone is invited to the table. Identify assets that are key to the community, and then communicate through weekly stakeholder meetings.” – John Davis, Executive Director, Lanesboro Arts

“Inventory resources: what organizations and social structures are already in your community? The other thing that’s really important is to start with the kids. Everybody wants a good future for their kids.” – Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

Digital Exchange Highlights

“If the arts are going to be taken seriously and seen as an asset, we have to build relationships with an open mind. Where are the common threads and how can we work together towards mutual benefit?” –Anne Katz

“Many small towns will say they have a workforce development problem. Young people may want to work for our company, but they don’t want to live in our town. So, we begin by working with businesses and legislators to invest in the community.” –Zach Mannheimer

“Instead of all of the arts organizations being housed in one building, what if we turned the whole town into an arts campus?”
–John Davis, explaining the idea behind the Lanesboro Arts Campus

“The integration of policy and the arts is critical for rural quality of life.”
– Colleen Landkamer, former USDA Rural Development Director for Minnesota

Digital Exchange Resources

The American Folklore Society has pulled together an Advocacy Toolkit

Learn more about Zach Mannheimer on March 23 at 1:00 PM EST on this Orton Foundation and Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design Heart and Soul Webinar.


Join us for the next Digital Exchange webinar on April 4 at 12 PM EST.

Register today by visiting: HTTPS://UIOWA.ZOOM.US/WEBINAR/REGISTER/C37C38E046B300BCD746F627E8486654


Rural Generation Interview Series

Investing in Creativity: A Conversation with Joe Berry

“To me, creative placemaking is the marriage of the arts and economic development. When you have a localized arts and culture –you have something that no one else has, an environment that is different than anywhere else. That is what rural areas are going to have to do in order to compete in this ultra-globalized, ultra-competitive world we are living in. The encouragement and the cultivation of creativity and culture in a community can create a unique and vibrant place. I think that is the key.”

Joe Berry is Vice President for Entrepreneurship with Greater Owensboro Economic Development in Northwestern Kentucky. His work assists both high tech companies and small businesses with strategic planning, capitalization, and product development. He also acts as Executive Director to the eMerging Ventures Center for Innovation (the Owensboro office of the Kentucky Innovation Network) and the Owensboro Centre for Business & Research, a 37,000 square-foot high-tech business incubator.

We spoke with Joe about Owensboro’s opportunities and challenges, the city’s creative placemaking strategy, and thinking regionally in northwestern Kentucky.

The Next Generation Digital Exchange Webinars draws on the power of connection to bridge conversation across the regions, sectors, and place-based philosophies that make the work of creative placemaking so essential to the future of our rural places.

Roughly every three weeks, these Digital Exchanges will o‑ffer an opportunity for folks to come together and engage with leaders working across the dynamic range of fi­elds that compose the foundation of rural creative placemaking. Each of these one hour Digital Exchanges will feature 2-4 voices from across the country, sharing specif­c themes, challenges, and opportunities we collectively encounter in this work.
Learn more at www.ruralgeneration.org/digital-exchange

This Digital Exchange series is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Artsand the McKnight Foundation, and is produced at the Outpost collaborative space in Winona, Minnesota, national headquarters of Art of the Rural