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MPN 2016 Summer Conference: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

  • 13 Jun 2016
  • 2:30 PM
  • 14 Jun 2016
  • 3:00 PM
  • Reif Center Performing Arts 720 NW Conifer Dr, Grand Rapids, MN 55744


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All MPN Presenting Members, please join us in beautiful Grand Rapids, MN to re-connect with your fellow presenters and experience the newly expanded Reif Center for the Arts. 

Preliminary schedule is below. More details to follow.

Monday, June 13

1pm-2:30pm New to the Field: Rookie Training Discussion for all presenters new to the field. Dayna Martinez from The Ordway, Dick Kettering from Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, and Jennie Knoebel from The Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin will be there to answer all your burning questions about the presenting business. Please register separately for this discussion.

2:30pm-3pm Registration

3:30pm-4:30pm Keynote speech by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy for the Americans for the Arts 

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts.  A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues.  He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 703,000 arts establishments and their employees.  Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute.  In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to createComing Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce theYouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth.  A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences and served as its managing director, as well as worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters and the U.S. Travel Association Experience Network. He was Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission for three years, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and a million dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.

4:30pm-5pm Social Networking with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors in the Reif Center lobby

5pm-6pm MPN Business Meeting

6:30pm Dinner and fun at the Forest History Center.

Tuesday, June 14

8:30am  - Tour of Reif Center

9am - First Base - Roundtable Discussion led by David Marty with Laurie Johnson as our designated hitter.

Creating and Balancing a Season

Supporting Local Artists/Performers

Ticketing/Box Office - setting prices

(Coffee/Pastries available)

10am - Break

10:15am - Second Base - Roundtable Discussion led by Dick Kettering with Leslie Hanlon as our designated hitter.

Marketing and Sponsoring

11:45am - Lunch - Relationships Between Agents and Presenters featuring Gary Berg and Dayna Martinez

1:30pm - Third Base - Roundtable Discussion led by Jennie Knoebel with Kathleen Spehar as our designated hitter.

Effective Residencies and Outreach

2:30pm - Break

2:45pm - Artist Home Runs - Roundtable Discussion led by Amy Stearns

3:45pm - Post-game Wrap-Up

Lodging Information

Lodging at Timberlake Lodge. (owned by Chair of the Reif Facility Steering Committee)


Ask for Minnesota Presenter Rate  $99 for King or Double Queen (this is the Reif preferred rate)

Rate available until May 31.



Lodging at Super 8 (located across the parking lot and owned by the same people)


Ask for Rate for Reif event.  $84 (20% discount, which is pretty good in the summer in lake country)


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