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Posted: May 4, 2017 Events Planned In Eau Claire To Celebrate Creative Economy Week

Eau Claire, Wis. – Downtown Eau Claire, Inc., in partnership with numerous local businesses and organizations, will celebrate the statewide Creative Economy Week during the week of May 13th-20th.

Events during the week include:

  • A proclamation marking May 13th-20th as Creative Economy Week in the City of Eau Claire
  • Multiple panel discussions focusing on the past, present, and future states of our creative economy, visual arts & design, literature, and theatre.
  • A panel discussion focusing on why writers need to get paid for communities to flourish
  • A kickoff event for the Dairyland Designers Association, a new design-focused professional organization
  • The Inaugural Downtown Eau Claire Gallery Walk, featuring nine Downtown art galleries, multiple speakers, and the newly installed Sculpture Tour
  • Additional celebrations, events, and activities celebrating local music, theatre, literature, visual arts & design, and food & beverage

A full list of events is available at Most events are free and open to the public.

“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,” said Mike Schatz, Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. and Economic Development Director for the City of Eau Claire. “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.

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View the Creative Economy Week schedule & directory.

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