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Creativity and Main Street Wisconsin

March 28, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall 227 State St. Madison
How Arts Are Transforming Our Communities
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall
227 State St.
53703 Madison , WI

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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. Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin, with three leaders in Wisconsin’s downtowns about how the arts are making a difference for their communities:

  • 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

This is the fifth talk from the 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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Thanks to Academy members, donors, and the following partners for their support of the Wisconsin Creativity Initiative series of talks:



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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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500