The Impact of the Arts in the
Mill City Neighborhood:
Education, Performance and Medicine
The February EDC Business Forum will take place on Thursday, February 20, at the Guthrie Theater. Registration, lunch at networking start at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presentations starting at Noon. Please RSVP by no later than Monday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m. by sending an email to [email protected]. The cost to attend the lunch event is $15, and can be paid with cash or a check at the door.
With his classic book “The Rise of the Creative Class” noted American sociologist Richard Florida was one of the first to formally recognize a major shift occurring in business leadership in Western culture. Among the “Creative Class” music, theater, and visual arts are leading factors bringing holistic growth to cities including economic vitality. The MacPhail Center for Music, the Guthrie Theater, and the Mill City Clinic are three organizations located on the same street and near the riverfront, that have unique synergies complimenting one another and bringing economic strength to our district.
- Kyle Carpenter, MacPhail Center for Music CEO
- Joe Dowling, Director, Guthrie Theater
- Dr. Jon Hallberg, Medical Director at the Mill City Clinic and NPR commentator
- Noon – Welcome and introductions by EDC President Dan Collison
- 12:05 pm – Presentations by panelists of their organizational history, mission, values, and business metrics (5 to 7 minutes per panelist)
- 12:30 pm – Q & A dialogue with the panelists facilitated by EDC Chairperson Dan Collison
- “What does your organization contribute to the vitality of the Downtown Minneapolis business and residential communities?”
- “What existing and future trends do you see in the convergence of the arts and business?”
- “If you could send one particular message to the broader business community, what would it be?”
- 12:50 pm – Q&A with attendees moderated by EDC President Dan Collison
- 1:00 pm – Announcements and adjournment