2013 - Minneapolis

Minneapolis Skyline Metrodome Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
Minneapolis Skyline
Courtesy of
Meet Minneapolis

The 37th Annual Conference
and Theatre Tour

The Future of Creative Placemaking

July 17 - 20, 2013

2013 Annual Conference

The 2013 Conference was a Great Success!

Attending the League's 2013 Conference, July 17-20, were more than 250 people, including representatives from 95 historic theatres throughout the country and 70 service provider and supplier firms, as well as representatives from government and preservation agencies, individual members, and invited guests.

On Tuesday, the 2013 Preconference Theatre Ramble took 45 attendees to five historic theatres in Menomonie, WI, Red Bank, Columbia Heights and Minneapolis, MN.

On Wednesday, we kicked off the conference with a Welcome Luncheon and Plenary Session presented by several local leaders in Creative Placemaking in Minneapolis.

The 2013 education program included 19 Tools & Techniques sessions, most presented twice by leaders in our field, offering the latest information for theatre representatives to learn how to improve their communities, their venues and their businesses. Two in-depth Early Bird sessions provided basic information about the historic theatre renovation process and rigging and stage equipment in historic theatre renovations.

Additional networking took place during our annual Peer Discussions and Wrap-up Breakfasts and during Networking Breaks between Tools & Techniques workshops.

Special events included the LHAT Silent Auction, the 2013 Meet the LHAT Service Providers and Suppliers EXPO, including 39 exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada, and a fabulous Closing Night Party, hosted by Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The theme focused on how communities are using the arts and other creative assets to help shape their physical, social, and economic character.

In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. 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.

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