Featured Talk: Minneapolis Arts and Business Leaders, "Partnering to Create a Dynamic City"

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Monday, January 30, 2017 3:05 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Minneapolis is well-known for its thriving arts community. From museums to dynamic programs for readers and writers, as well as musicians and visual artists, Minneapolis has created a vibrant environment that the business community has both learned from and supported. This talk brings together the Minneapolis arts and business communities to discuss strategies for creating successful partnerships in any city or town across the country.

  • John (Jay) Cowles, President, Unity Avenue Associates (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Chris LaVictorie Mahai, Managing Partner, Aveus, LLC (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Joe Skifter, General Manager, Open Book (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Gail See, Past President ABA Board; Graywolf Press Board; Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries Board (Minneapolis, MN)

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