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Creativity & Main Street Wisconsin

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Downtowns large and small in Wisconsin are celebrating their unique cultural and creative assets, providing economic vitality and engaging, entertaining and educating residents and visitors. Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy and moderated by Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin, this panel discussion with three leaders in Wisconsin’s downtowns explores how the arts are making a difference for their communities. Panelists include:

  • Fran Hill, CEO of Green Lake Renewal
  • Mary McPhetridge, Executive Director of Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greg Wright, Executive Director of CREATE Portage County

Recorded on February 28, 2017, at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, this is the fifth talk from the Wisconsin Academy-led Wisconsin Creativity Initiative. Developed by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in partnership with the Wisconsin Arts Board, Arts Wisconsin, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Creativity Initiative seeks to examine the elements of a creative economy that make the most sense for Wisconsin, and the ways we can harness these elements to make our communities and our state stronger. Our aim for the Wisconsin Creativity Initiative is to change the conversation about the power of creativity to improve Wisconsin’s economy, educational systems, and quality of life.

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Fran Hill is the CEO of Green Lake Renewal.

Mary McPhetridge has served as the Executive Director of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce since 1999.

Greg Wright is a writer and former high school writing instructor with a Master’s degree from Stanford University in policy, organization, and leadership studies.

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Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery 
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25