Eau Claire’s Creative Scene Helps Bolster Business Development
Posted by adminALT on July 30th, 2021
Economy of Art Week begins on September 11, 2021
The Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
is excited to announce an updated series of events aimed to
celebrate and recognize the impact that the Chippewa Valley art scene has on business development.
The Economy of Art
Week kicks off Saturday, September 11 with Pablo Center re-opening (after
18 long months) their doors for a Chamber Orchestra and OAR concert (11 &
12th respectively), then on Sunday, September 12 with River Prairie
Celebration of Art festival, and concludes with Forge Fest, featuring an artist
market and live concert series, at Artisan Forge Studios on September 18, 2021.
People often think that creative businesses simply just
happen and are present to make life interesting and enjoyable. More than that,
the Chippewa Valley has a thriving artist/entertainment environment, which
converts into tourism dollars, increased local spending, plus a positive
quality of life for our community.
As quoted by Jason Jon Anderson, Executive Director of Pablo
Center, “For every $1 spent on a ticket at an independent entertainment venue
it equates to $12 of additional spend by the patron in surrounding businesses.”
The focus of these events is to appreciate the impact that
Eau Claire’s creative economy has on all sectors of business life. “Eau Claire
is often compared to other mid-size, mid-west cities when expanding businesses
or new employees are considering re-locating. Our community has an advantage
that makes us stand out, a vibrant arts scene where people want to live, work
and play.” states Luke Hanson, Executive Director at the Eau Claire Area EDC.
Additionally, the mission of the Economy of Art Week events aims to give local artists, entertainers
and other creatives a sales platform to help recover after the pandemic shut
down most sales channels.
Summary of Events:
- September 11 & 12, 2021 – Chamber Orchestra Concert – September 11, 7:30pm OAR – September 12, 7:30pm Pablo Center at the Confluence
12, 2021 – River Prairie Celebration of Art, River Prairie Park, Altoona,
10am-4pm, Local art vendors, food trucks, kids art projects and live music and
18, 2021 – Forge Fest at Artisan Forge Studios, Art Festival 10am-4pm, Live
Concert Series starting at 5pm featuring Peter Wolf Crier and many more.
The Economy of Art Week’s events are generously sponsored by
Prevail Bank, Pablo Center, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area EDC, Art of the
Valley, Xcel Energy, and Bakke Norman.