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Creative Economy Summit

The Creative Economy Summit (CES) provided a platform for diverse change leaders to collaborate and support community-driven solutions to connect arts, culture, and economic development in rural North Dakota.

SBPC secured grant funding primarily from the Bush Foundation and North Dakota Council on the Arts to hold the CES in 2019 and again in 2021. The first Summit was held August 1-2, 2019 at Minot State University, featuring live musicians and painters throughout the second day. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Summit scheduled for 2020 was rescheduled and held virtually beginning January 14 and ending February 24, 2021, in a series of short sessions.

Goals and Objectives

The overall objective of the Summit was to engage partners across uncommon sectors to identify true partnership opportunities and uncover creative, practical, and easy-to-implement solutions to problems that many rural North Dakota communities face. Specific goals included:

1. Inspire attendees to look at commonly overlooked assets within communities to leverage opportunities and ideas for economic and community development.
2. Equip attendees with examples of rural community development efforts taking place across North Dakota.
3. Equip attendees with how-to's and partnership opportunities.
4. Connect leaders and elevate local subject-matter experts, highlight innovation networks in an accessible way.
5. Engage diverse attendees across sectors.

Project Sponsors

Bush Foundation (2019, 2021)
North Dakota Council on the Arts (2019, 2021)
Minot Area Council of the Arts (2019)

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