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  • Creative Community Summit - February 11

    Economic impact of our local ARTS & CULTURE
    February 11 6:30-9:00pm Red Bicycle Hall  
    125 E. Main Street, Madison 

    Madison Area Arts Alliance is pleased to invite the community to the first Creative Community Summit—to be held on Tuesday, February 11 in the Red Bicycle Hall in the heart of Madison’s Cultural District.  The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 and presentation at 7:00 PM
    The event will feature keynote speaker Michael Fortunato, an internationally published scholar, researcher, educator and founding partner of the Texas-based consulting group Creative Insight Community Development.

    Michael Fortunato, who is no stranger to Madison, is excited about the event.  “Madison is one of those rare small towns that exudes the creative potential of a much larger city, while retaining its bucolic charm and community feel.”   In Fortunato’s high energy, no nonsense presentation, he will examine the benefits of supporting the arts in our community.  His presentation will address:
          Building stronger collaborations between the arts and business;  
          Discussing your role as a leader in the Madison Creative Community;  
          Solidifying the economic importance of our Creative Economy.  
    Who should attend this free Summit?  
    Small business & Industry leaders, artists and art enthusiasts, educators, community development organizations, tourism enthusiasts, city and county government leaders. 

    About the presenter...
    Dr. Michael Fortunato is a founding partner with the consulting group, Creative Insight Community Development. He received his PhD in Rural Sociology and his master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University’s Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Department, where he also worked as a research associate for the Center for Economic and Community Development. Michael continues to teach online for the Penn State Community and Economic Development Masters program, where he created curriculum on business planning for nonprofits and nontraditional community ventures. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Finance/International Business and International Studies. He is a subject expert in the fields of community and economic development, community based entrepreneurship, rural and small urban development strategy, social science research, and community/regional leadership. He is also locally known in Madison for his musical performances with Santa Rosa, CA based band, Snaps for Sinners. 
    Many times when we talk about our rich heritage of the ARTS and CULTURE in the Madison community, we don't really dive into the broader economic benefits and the importance of the ARTS--we will do just that on Tuesday, February 11 @ The Red Bicycle Hall 6:30pm.. 
    We will welcome our amazing key note speaker, Michael Fortunato to lead a community conversation!

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