What’s NewArt and the Common Good — Why Art Matters
The third annual Arts Conference sponsored by the SEMAC Board of Directors was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Hosted by the Paradise Center for the Arts, this conference featured addresses by notable regional arts advocates and six relevant, topical breakout sessions on why art matters and how art contributes to the common good.
- Welcome; The Very Reverend James C. Zotalis. Dean of the First Cathedral, Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, Faribault, MN.
- Why Art Matters to Our Youth Presenter: Karl Unnasch. Owner, Pilot Mound Design Studio; Professor of Sculpture, UW La Crosse; Founding Director, Standard Issues Cast Metals (SIC’M), rural Southeastern MN.
- Why Art Matters in Healthcare and Therapy Presenter: Shona Brooks. Artist and Gallery Owner, Northfield, MN. Recognized in 2012 by the Minnesota State Arts Board for “Art in Recovery.”
- Why Art Matters to the Economic Vitality of a Town Presenter: Hal Cropp. Executive Director, Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MN.
- Why Art Matters to People with Disabilities Presenter: Jon Skaalen. Access Programs Coordinator, VSA Minnesota: The State Organization on Arts & Disability, Minneapolis, MN.
- Why Art Matters to the Bottom Line: Organizational Sustainability Presenter: John Davis, Executive Director, Lanesboro Arts Center, Lanesboro, MN. Recipient of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2011 Visionary Leadership Award.
- Why Art Matters to Our Peers: Collaboration Equals Effectiveness Presenter: Ann Mosey, Executive Director, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN.
- Keynote Address, Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle, University of MN Rochester, Rochester, MN.
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