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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

Monday, May 15 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
State of our Literature

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Celebrate the flourishing literary arts scene in the Chippewa Valley with a night of conversation, jazz, and drinks. Representatives from literary organizations in the region will reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how the community can continue to promote and advance local literature. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to mingle and rub shoulders with your favorite local writers.


Moderator
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Elizabeth de Cleyre

Co-Founder, Dotters Books
Elizabeth de Cleyre is the co-founder of Dotters Books, coming soon to downtown Eau Claire. She works remotely for a publisher, holds a BA and MFA in creative writing, and regularly publishes essays and reviews. Though seminomadic at heart, she now calls Eau Claire home. 

Panelists
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Judy Dekan

Co-Chair, Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Judy Dekan’s career in education started in a second grade classroom and concluded as a MS/HS principal. As an educator, she strongly promoted community service, and now donates many hours to volunteering with the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, serving on the board of directors... Read More →
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Dan Lyksett

Writer/Online News Editor, Leader-Telegram
Dan Lyksett has been a reporter/editor at the Leader-Telegram for 34 years. His beats have included sports, agriculture and government, and he has written a column for nearly three decades, most recently a series titled Thin Ice. His feature stories and columns have been recognized... Read More →
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Eric Rasmussen

Founder, Barstow & Grand
Eric Rasmussen has taught high school English in western Wisconsin for over a decade. At the beginning of his career, he decided to write a novel someday, because he hadn't yet learned that cliches are bad. Four manuscripts later, and he still hasn't grasped that lesson.  He is... Read More →
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Serena Wagner

Editor-in-Chief/Founder, Twig Magazine
My name is Serena Wagner, and I'm the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Odd Brand Strategy. My focus areas include illustration, editorial design, photography, and branding. In my spare time I make dreamy girl pop music under the moniker Sniffle Party, and act as the Editor-in-Chief... Read More →
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Pamela Westby

Director, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Pamela Westby moved to Eau Claire from Middleton last spring to assume the directorship at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas, Denton, and studied organizational leadership at the... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely

The Oxbow Hotel is Eau Claire, WI's most authentic place to stay. Craft cocktails, unique food, live music, art gallery, and trail/river gear.



Monday May 15, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Gallery at The Oxbow 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire, WI

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