arts alert: Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops Statewide

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

2233 University Ave. W. #355
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-251-0868 fax 651-917-3561
staff at
Arts Action Center

August 17, 2009


1. Cultural Heritage Workshops Around the State

2. Take Part in St. Croix Valley Artist Space Survey


1. Cultural Heritage Workshops Around the State


Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops

 Get A Little Help From Your Friends!

In these challenging times, how do you attract visitors to grow your audience? How can you make the most of scarce resources to promote your organization?  By working together with other organizations and businesses in your community. It’s time to “Get a Little Help From Your Friends!”

Regional workshops on how to develop partnerships around cultural heritage tourism. Get some good ideas and network with others in your community and region.

Who Should Come
Staff and volunteers from community arts organizations, art studios/galleries, history museums, heritage festivals, lodging businesses, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other tourism marketing organizations.

When and Where

  • Two Harbors: Thursday, October 1, at Grand Superior Lodge , from 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • Saint Paul: Monday, October 5, at Minnesota History Center, from 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • New Ulm: Wednesday, October 14, at Turner Hall, from 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • Paynesville: Monday, November 9, at Bug-Bee Hive Resort, from 9:00am – 3:30pm


Keynote Presentation
Ontend Creative Partners is a group of business leaders, artists, film makers, writers and performers who are using their collective experience in business and the arts to help clients look at their business strategy in new ways. Carr Hagerman and Gordon Boudreau are both past “street performers” who will translate their streetwise wisdom into practical ideas for you to attract new business and keep current customers coming back for more. Gordon is the presenter in Thief River Falls, and Carr will be making the other presentations. Go to to learn more.

Regional Panel
“Success Stories” of partnerships between arts/culture/heritage and tourism organizations that are bringing larger audiences and increased business to their community.

Breakout Sessions
With experts like Andrew Eklund, Founder and CEO of Cicerón Web Marketing, and Linda Muus, Account Manager for Greater Grand Forks CVB, SimmonsFlint Communications.


$45 if paid one week prior to the workshop; $59 thereafter; Registration includes lunch, break and workshop materials. Register online at:  -or- print registration form and fax to: 651/296-7095

Planning Partners: Thank You to Organizations Who Are Making This Possible: Minnesota State Arts Board – Explore Minnesota Tourism – Minnesota Historical Society – Bloomington CVB – Minnesota Arrowhead Association – Minnesota Heartland Tourism Association – Metro Tourism Committee – Southern Minnesota Tourism Association – Minnesota Association of Museums – Minnesota Citizens for the Arts – Visit Duluth – Meet Minneapolis


2. Take Part in St. Croix Valley Artist Space Survey

MCA would like to pass along the following notice about an artist space needs survey in the St. Croix Valley:



Are you an ACTOR?  ARCHITECT?  FILMMAKER?  WRITER? DESIGNER?  PAINTER?  An ARTIST working in any discipline? If you are a member of our creative community, we want to know what type of space you need, to achieve your artistic goals.

Artspace Projects (a Minneapolis-based national nonprofit organization) has been engaged by Greater Stillwater-Lake Elmo, MN cultural organizations, to study the space needs of artists in the region.  This study may lead to the development of affordable space where artists may create, rehearse, perform, teach, live and/or display their work.

The survey is waiting for you online at

Survey online August 6th – October 1st, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to be heard.

We value your opinions.  Your responses will help us determine your interest in a potential arts community, and if a project proves feasible, design space that meets your specific needs.  The online survey takes about ten minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this exciting initiative!  Spread the word to your colleagues and fellow artists.  The greater the response the more useful the information will be.

If you have questions or are unable to access the Internet, please contact Ezra at 612-333-9012 x0.  For more information about Artspace, visit

For more information about this initiative and local partners, visit

         ArtReach Alliance:                

         Lake Elmo Regional Art Center:

         The Phipps Center for the arts:

         Theatre Associates of Stillwater:





Check out two great videos from Arts Advocacy Day Held February 24, 2009:

Here’s a video of highlights from the Arts Advocacy Day kickoff rally on MN Stories by Chuck Olsen:

…and a 3 Minute Egg arts show by Matt Peiken with interviews of attendees and some footage of meetings with legislators:



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