Great Rivers Confluence symposium set for Nov. 8
PRESCOTT--The Great Rivers Confluence Project will present its fifth annual symposium, “Arts, Buildings, and Community Connections: Packaging the Confluence for Tourism,” on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Historic Onion Grille Restaurant in Hastings, Minn.
The symposium is open to all, but government officials, business owners, chambers of commerce, and especially arts and parks organizations will benefit the most. It is an opportunity to network to promote the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers confluence area.
This symposium will focus on the process of using arts and nature for community development and tourism. Symposium speakers Mayor Paul Hicks of Hastings, Dick Graham of the Hastings-Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) and Randy Thoreson of the National Park Service will explain the effort underway to create an Art/Community Center in the Hudson Sprayer Building in Hastings. They’ll discuss some of the recommendations for development made by Artspace and other developers.After that, representatives from art, wine, nature, historical and other businesses will tell their own development stories. In the afternoon, speakers and participants will consider ways to create tourism packages.In addition to the training, artists from each of the four confluence communities will bring samples of their art works for viewing in the morning and a surprise performance by the Black Dirt Theater will occur at lunchtime.The cost of the symposium is $35 and includes lunch. To register, call Jessica Bierbrauer at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott at (715) 262-0104, or email Jessica@freedomparkwi.org before Friday, Nov. 1. People who register by this Thursday will participate in a drawing for a Confluence Progressive Patio prize package.