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Registration open for Creative Industry Summit

Scheduled for Nov. 12-13

FRANKFORT, Ky., (Sept. 21, 2015) — Registration is open for the Kentucky Arts Council’s second annual Creative Industry Summit from Nov. 12-13 at the Owensboro Convention Center. The event, designed to benefit individuals and communities interested in growing and supporting Kentucky’s creative industry, features national, state and local experts discussing the creative industry and related topics.

Dec3summitBanner545This year’s event includes an additional day of workshops that will provide hands-on learning opportunities to creative industry stakeholders, entrepreneurs and those interested in using the arts as a tool for community development.

The pre-summit workshops on Nov. 12 include two learning tracks. The Entrepreneurship Track is for artists and creative entrepreneurs interested in growing and developing their business. The Community Development through the Arts Track is geared toward community based organizations, tourism and community development staff, economic developers, Main Street directors, Trail Towns, business owners, chambers of commerce and others with a vested interest in learning how to maximize the use of their local arts and cultural resources.

The summit, on Nov. 13, will feature a presentation on the arts council’s work across the state to develop the creative industry, in addition to presentations from Pam Breaux, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Leonardo Vasquez, executive director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. It will offer multiple opportunities during afternoon breakout sessions for participants to learn about creative industry initiatives taking place across the state.

Vasquez’s presentation is titled “Leading Success for Community, Cultural and Economic Development.” It is tailored to everyone involved in making places better, he said: elected officials and other community leaders, urban planners, economic and community development professionals, artists and leaders of arts organizations.

“My presentation is not going to be about arts and culture,” he said. “It’s going to be about making places better with arts and culture. How do you know when the arts are helping to improve quality of life and economic opportunity in a community? Who should be involved and how? I hope to help attendees answer those questions and more.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at all levels. For more information about the Creative Industry Summit, including daily agendas and details about workshops, visit the Creative Industry Summit web page, or contact Emily B. Moses, arts council creative industry manager, at 502-564-3757 ext. 472 or [email protected].