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What does it mean to host in the Midwest?

We asked our colleagues across the region

Every year we bring the Conference to a new city in the Midwest, and this year we are pleased to host it in Minneapolis. In line with our annual tradition, we had the pleasure of convening with leaders in the the arts across the Midwest for our local colleague call. They shared what they have in mind for the 2019 Conference, and we can’t wait for you to see their ideas come to life and take form in September.

We’d like to give Conference attendees a warm welcome to Minnesota, so we wanted to hear how our local colleagues personally demonstrate Midwestern hospitality. We kicked off the call by asking them to share a must on their list when it comes to hosting guests in their own communities. Here’s what they had to say:

“I like to take my guests to Nicollet Island, located in the center of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. It’s surrounded by rippling and rushing water (although, right now, there is some amount of ice on the surface) and a great place to see the skyline. I also like to take people to Pizza Lucé, one of our best Minnesota pizza places with hoagies, pasta, and salads – vegetarian and vegan.”
—Gary Peterson, Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

“When I host visitors to the Twin Cities, I love showing them unique and fun-filled places. First, we’d take a rise and shine walk around Como Lake, a cup’o java and breakfast at the Como Pavilion, then walk over to the Como Conservatory to check out the sunken garden. We’d enjoy a ride on the historic carousel and visit the free Como Zoo. At night, we’d take the light rail and check out the many ethnic restaurants and local breweries. We’d catch music, dancing, and maybe a show at Gay 90’s or the Townhouse, two of the best venues in our vibrant gay bar scene. Next time you visit, let’s meet up and spend a day exploring the Twin Cities.“—Kathleen Spehar, The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, MN

“It would be great to introduce attendees to University Ave in St. Paul, which is really developing, and is home to several arts organizations like TU Dance Center, Ananya Dance Theater, and Springboard’s new space: Springbox. I would take guests to the Mississippi Riverfront to experience the gorgeous view in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.” —Dayna Martinez, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis, MN

“When guests come to Madison in the summertime, the first place I take them is the Memorial Union Terrace. Known as Madison’s backyard, it’s situated just off the isthmus, on Lake Mendota, and is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of great food, craft beer, music, movies, art-making, laughter, and the most spectacular sunsets you can imagine. Terracing (yes, it has been turned into a verb here) is the highlight of the summer season, and the cheese curds aren’t bad either!”-Sherry Wagner-Henry, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Madison, WI