Oct 18, 2021 11:30 AM
The Importance of Arts in Economic Development

Studies done in communities across the country have proven arts are far from mere decoration or light entertainment. Rather, they are a serious component of economic development strategies. Cities have employed the arts as a lever to increase visitors, attract residents and businesses, create jobs, improve quality of life, and increase local tax revenues. Join Downtown Rotary on October 18 as we speak with three of our local leaders about the importance of the arts in economic development. Rotarian Scott Lawrence, CEO/Partner with Lawrence & Schiller; Ceca Cooper, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sioux Falls; and Rotarian Kerri DeGraff, Chief Operating Officer at the Washington Pavilion will join us for the conversation.

Please use this link to reserve your buffet lunch that will be available beginning at 11:30 am.

All programs are recorded and streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. Local media are invited to attend to record the session. We will continue to stream our meetings live so you can watch them from your home or office. Attendance is optional.

If you do not feel well, or have been exposed to Covid, we ask that you stay home and join us online.


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