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2019 Key Events

New Colleague Orientation

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by NAPAMA

Minneapolis Convention Center, 102EF

Pre-registration not required, and all are welcome.

Opening Event

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6:30–8:15 p.m.

Support provided by Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis and Délégation du Québec à Chicago

Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St

Kick off your time in Minneapolis at one the city’s most beloved architectural showpieces, rising eight stories within the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Landmark nestled on the riverfront. Climb aboard the giant elevator for panoramic views of the Mississippi from the rooftop observation deck, and follow your nose to the Baking Lab for fresh-baked treats.


Mill City Museum. Photo by Coppersmith Photography, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

Thursday Lunch + Keynote

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Keynote sponsored by Choice Entertainment Technologies, Exhibit 409

Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A

Join your colleagues at the first of three mealtime ballroom events as we welcome Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and celebrate the legacy of David J. Fraher, who has led Arts Midwest for more than 30 years. Artists from Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts will conclude the event with a special and unique keynote presentation.

Arts Midwest has invited Interact to take the stage for a special keynote presentation at the Thursday Lunch, featuring artists from their programs. Interact Theater’s ensemble-generated creation and developmental process means that artists with disabilities fully participate in conceiving and performing new work, developing the original material, writing scripts/songs and incorporating everyone’s ideas through improvisation.


Interact Theater. Photo by Sandelands Photogrpahy.

Friday Lunch + Performance

Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

Performance sponsored by Bach to the Future, represented by MainStage Artists Management, Exhibit 515

Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A

Chart-Topping Pianist Michael Silverman Takes Classical Music Into the Modern Age with Bach to the Future! Imagine the classics—Bach, Beethoven, Mozart—performed in exciting new ways…modern jazz, African, and Latin rhythms. Bach to the Future brings an exciting, whimsical approach to the most beloved music of all time, and some of the most interesting cutting-edge instruments you’ll ever see. How about a Drum-itar? A 6-string electric violin that sounds like Jimi Hendrix? All of the group members are world-renowned performers, best-selling authors, and highly acclaimed composers. This is a show you won’t want to miss! Bach to the Future – The Bach that Rocks!


Bach to the Future. Photo by Brendan Joyce.

Saturday Brunch + Keynote

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Keynote sponsored by Mid-America Arts Alliance, Exhibit 102

Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A

As the Conference comes to a close, we welcome Torrie Allen, Arts Midwest’s new president & CEO, and look forward to our future together as a community of performing arts professionals. An engaging keynote conversation brings together three inspiring featured speakers: Sean Dorsey, Sean Dorsey Dance, San Francisco, CA; Dr. Craig Howe, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, Martin, SD; and Mary Jennings, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton, MI.


Sean Dorsey, Dr. Craig Howe, Mary Jennings.

Closing Party

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by IMG Artists, Exhibit 201

Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall

For over a quarter of a century, Brit’s Pub has been Minneapolis’s own little corner of the U.K. The pub is known for its charming interior and lawn bowling on the rooftop deck. Toast to yourself and your colleagues for the completion of a successful and productive Conference!


Brit’s Pub. Courtesy of Brit’s Pub.

Special Add-On Ticket: Excursion to Paisley Park (SOLD OUT!)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Tickets are no longer available.

We’ll be loading up a bus of attendees for a round trip to Paisley Park. The $75 ticket includes transportation and a general admission tour at 5:30 or 5:45 p.m. Experience includes a 70 minute guided tour of the following:

  • Main floor of Paisley Park, including studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed some of his biggest hits
  • Massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for tours and held exclusive, private events and concerts
  • Prince’s private NPG Music Club


Photo courtesy of NPG Records and Meet Minneapolis.