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Arts entrepreneurs gather for School of Theatre and Film's Pave Biennial Symposium

January 22, 2013

The Pave Biennial Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts explores “creative placemaking” during the April 12-13 event on the ASU Tempe campus.

Noted arts entrepreneurs discuss the arts’ role in stimulating successful, vibrant communities as part of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at the ASU School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Registration is open for the Third Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts that will bring entrepreneurs from across the country to share ideas and experiences on how art ventures can create strong, vibrant communities.

The keynote speaker is Ann Markusen, a nationally renowned advocate on the idea of creative placemaking, wherein public, private, non-profit and community partners strategically shape the character of a place around arts and cultural activities. In a National Endowment for the Arts report, Marksusen writes: “Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”

The two-day symposium is being presented in collaboration with the ASU Art Museum Desert One Initiative and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Events include workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities, culminating in a “Feast on the Street” and performance on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. The Pave Program sponsors a series of public talks every two years, with a biennial symposium held on the alternate year. All events are open to the public.

The symposium will be held at the Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus. Registration is $10 for students, $75 for general public. Register here. For a full schedule, visit the Pave website. For more information, contact: Linda Essig, director of the Pave Program, For more information on arts entrepreneurship, read American Theatre’s interview with Linda Essig.