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June 2, 2015

Aparna Katre | Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship | 218-726-8306 |
Lori C. Melton | Communication Associate, External Affairs | 218-726-8830 |

Convening the Creative
UMD Students Organize “North Coast Creative Alliance” Launch

(Duluth, MN)— On Friday, June 12, more than 100 creatives from four continents will convene at the Greysolon Ballroom, 227 E. Superior Street, for the launch of the North Coast Creative Alliance. The event starts with registration at 2 p.m. and concludes with a happy hour at 4:30 p.m.

The launch is a conference-style event that gives participants an opportunity to present their ideas. “Duluth has sprouted as a creative hub, so entrepreneurs were excited to have networking opportunities,” says junior Sam Quackenbush, one of the organizers. Duluth’s Art in the Alley, Toasty’s, and Snooty Fox are among the participants.

The one-day event is part of a larger conference on teaching and learning cultural entrepreneurship. College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean Olaf Kuhlke is heading up the academic side, and handed over the North Coast Creative Alliance launch to students Sam Quackenbush and Jessica Church. “It’s student driven, student designed, student everything,” he says.

Aparna Katre, associate professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship, adds that the launch is designed to bring attention to this sector of the business community. “Once there is visibility, people know that there is a creative economy that contributes to the overall economic development of our area.”

Marc Lane, a nationally recognized wealth advisor and social entrepreneur, is the keynote speaker at the launch.

Registration accepted through the start of the event and in advance here.

UMD’s Cultural Entrepreneurship program is the first of its kind in the U.S. and combines the traditional lessons of business schools with the creative thinking that is most often cultivated in the arts.

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