August 1-2, 2019
Minot State University Conference Center| Minot, ND
3rd Floor of the Student Center (Campus Map)

Gail Crider, President & CEO of National Arts Strategies

Gail Crider directs program design at National Arts Strategies (NAS) and facilitates organizational alignment to values and strategy. She consults on strategy, leadership, planning and governance. Gail was Vice President and COO for over a decade and was instrumental in the transition from the National Arts Stabilization Fund to National Arts Strategies and providing the range of services offered today.


Over the course of her career, Gail has been an entrepreneur, worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations and spent a decade in philanthropy. Prior to NAS, she was a program officer for a private foundation where she worked on inner-city redevelopment and community building in Washington, D.C. Gail has also worked for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Key Bank. She co-chaired the Community Development Support Collaborative in Washington, D.C., and has served as a senior fellow for the Center for  High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, on the audit committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and on grant panels for the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund. She holds a B.S. in theater from Lewis and Clark College.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

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This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Block of rooms available at

The Grand Hotel

1505 N Broadway, Minot, ND 58703


$75 rooms and suites | 24-hour free shuttle service

Reserve by July 18 for this rate under Souris Basin block




Thursday, August 1, 2019

Check-in & Social

5:30 pm

Meet at the old Antiques building at 3 1st St NE to check in and then receive an exclusive tour at 6:00 pm, and stroll with us to the Old Soo Depot and see how it will transform! Locally-made food and refreshments served.

We encourage attendees to check out Arts in the ParksWhy Not?! Fest Kickoff and Creative Night Out afterward!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Summit Draft Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 am Registration Check-in, Breakfast

       Local performances by Chloe Marie Music and Song Birds of North America

LIVE ARTISTS throughout the day!

9:00 am Welcome Address

9:20 am Keynote Speaker: Gail Crider, President & CEO of National Arts Strategies

10:20 am It Takes a Village: Collaboration and engagement opportunities: Lyndsay Ulrickson, SBPC

10:50 am Break


11:00 am Arts & Culture Panel

       Moderator: Chelsea Gleich, Co-creator & Editor-in-Chief of Minot Magazine


Bill Bender, Entrepreneur & City of Robinson Mayor

Sean Coffman, Photographer, Filmmaker & Co-Founder/Executive Director of

The Human Family in Fargo

Noah Dobmeier, Director of Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton

Kim Konikow, Executive Director of North Dakota Council on the Arts

12:15 pm Lunch (Tacos!)

       Local performances by a strings trio and Cool Beans

1:10 pm Creative Entrepreneurship Panel

    Moderator: Gail Crider, President & CEO of National Art Strategies


Jessica Ackerman, Co-Founder of Aksal Group

Janet Anderson, Director of Minot Public Library

Ellen Fenner, Owner/Operator of Sassy Glass ND

Scott Gordon, Muralist and Operating Partner of The Putt District

Sarah Smith Warren, Entrepreneur/Photographer at Sarah Smith Warren Photography

2:20 pm The Community-Powered Business Model: Travis Gerjets, Co-Owner of Prairie Sky Breads

2:50 pm Uncover the Potential: Economic Development using existing assets (Case studies included!): Megan Laudenschlager, Strengthen ND

3:20 pm Closing Remarks