Arts In The Loop Symposium

Explores Energizing Rochester Through The Arts

May 16, 2019

More Information:
For Media Only: Jessica A. Kaufman (585-274-1057,

Jim Doser, Director, Institute for Music Leadership ; (585) 274-1470


How have leaders in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Nashville leveraged their arts and creative assets to revitalize their cities, and how can this be relevant to Rochester? A two-day symposium gives the Rochester community the opportunity to hear five leaders from these cities answer that question. Presented by Arts In The Loop on June 5 and 6 at the Eastman School of Music, the public is invited to participate and can register at

The goal of the symposium, according to Jim Doser, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music and a member of the Arts In The Loop committee, is to provide opportunities for Rochester to learn about successful efforts in other cities that can help Rochester develop its creative sector assets. “Each of these cities – in their own ways – have found their unique blend of creative assets and then leveraged them to benefit their communities.”

There will be four sessions that the public is invited to attend. They are:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Arts in the Loop: Activating Rochester through the Arts/Media/Entertainment and Technology Sectors

  • Session 2: Wednesday, June 5, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. 

Placemaking: Why Design is Core to Success for Activating Communities

  • Session 3: Wednesday, June 5, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

Arts Council Forward: A Conversation about Best Practices of Effective Arts Councils

  • Session 4: Thursday, June 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

The Creative Economy: Economic Development Through and With the Arts

All sessions are free except for Session 1, which has a charge for lunch. Registration is required for all sessions and can be found at

Consultants participating include: Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council; David Pankratz, Research and Policy Director, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Jun-Li Wang, Community Development Program Director, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul; Gülgün Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis; Jill McMillan, Executive Director, Arts and Business Council, Nashville.

In 2017, Phase I of Arts In The Loop included reviewing aspects of creative sector and cultural revitalizations in numerous U.S. cities. This was then narrowed down to five cities that have had (or are currently having) success creating a vibrant downtown environment utilizing the arts –Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Brooklyn, and Grand Rapids.

Utilizing a preliminary report to promote this concept to leaders and stakeholders in the Rochester community, Phase II began in the fall of 2018. The goals of the Arts In The Loop committee are to survey community stakeholders, craft a vision, articulate outcomes, and recommend next steps. These recommendations will help to prepare the community, stakeholders, and the city to present and advocate for Phase III – the implementation of the vision.

Sponsors for the Arts in The Loop Symposium include: WXXI, M&TBank, RocGrowth, The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, University of Rochester Office of Government Relations, and The Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership.

To find out more about Arts In The Loop, and to register for the symposium, please visit

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