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2019 Conference Co-Chairs

Please welcome Stacy Braun and Laurelle Favreau, your co-chairs for the 2019 Arts Midwest Conference in Minneapolis, September 4–7, 2019. Stacy is executive director of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Laurelle is director and manager of GAMI/Simonds, LLC in Morris, Connecticut. Both are passionate advocates for the performing arts and leaders among their peers in the field, and they will work closely with Arts Midwest staff in the coming year to plan the Conference.

Laurelle Favreau

Laurelle Favreau

Director, Manager, GAMI/Simonds, LLC, Morris, CT

Former violinist, fiddler, pianist and activist for French rights in Canada, Laurelle began her career in the performing arts in 1983 with Toronto company General Arts Management, Inc. (GAMI). She purchased GAMI in 1986 and merged with USA company Simonds Management in 1993, to form GAMI/Simonds, LLC, currently based in Morris, CT. Through her GAMI/Simonds roster, Laurelle promotes compassion, dialogue, truth and reconciliation. Laurelle was board member of CINARS from 1986-1996 and of NAPAMA from 2010-2016 (secretary from 2013-2016).

Stacy Braun

Stacy Braun

Executive Director, Aberdeen Area Arts Council, Aberdeen, SD

Stacy Braun has served as the Executive Director of the Aberdeen Area Arts Council for sixteen years. During her tenure, the Council has seen an increase in the number of opportunities offered as well as the number of people served. One of the favorite parts of her job is working with the schools to provide educational outreach opportunities. Over the past five years, they have given over 15,000 students the chance to experience the arts. In addition to her work with the arts in the Aberdeen area, Stacy serves on the board of directors for Arts South Dakota, a state wide arts advocacy agency. She has also served on grant review panels for the South Dakota State Arts Council and is the current president of the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

2019 Professional Development Committee

To be announced.

2019 Spotlight Showcase Panel

To be announced.

2019 Local Colleagues

To be announced.