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Art for art's sake is a noble notion that needs the seeds of support to find fruition. Local government plays a role in a strong and vibrant arts scene for its citizens, visitors, patrons, artists, and culture bearers. Public financing for cultural and creative sectors creates surprisingly powerful benefits. This can be in small rural communities or large urban cities. This session will explain some successful approaches local governments have been taking, along with the public expenditure models, and explore the role of non-governmental/non-profit funding groups.

Speakers

Meghan Wells

Meghan Wells

Cultural Arts Division Manager, Economic Development Department, City of Austin, TX

Smitty Pignatelli

Smitty Pignatelli

State Representative , Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Kyle Wedberg

Kyle Wedberg

Senior Manager, Chicago office