Yearning for Arts Can Spur Small Town Economic Development

Could this interesting piece from many years ago still ring true today in Northwest Wisconsin?

From Minnesota Public Radio – June 5, 2013

MORRIS, Minn. — If you want to get people in your small town interested in arts as an engine for job and business growth, the first step is to avoid the word “arts.” That was one of the messages delivered this morning at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, a two-day conference at the University of Minnesota Morris focused on the sometimes elusive sweet spot where arts and economic development intersect.

For an arts-based economy to thrive in a town of 3,000 people, the majority of locals need to be on board. That means avoiding hoity-toity language that turns people off and perhaps expanding the very definition of what constitutes art.

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