Field Hall hosts talk about economic value of the arts

PORT ANGELES — The Field Arts & Events Hall is livestreaming a two-part presentation on the economic benefits of the arts — including Field Hall — at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Michael Greer, president and CEO of ArtsFund based in Seattle, will present “The Economic and Social Contribution of Arts in our Communities.”

That will be immediately followed by a panel discussion on how to apply information to support Clallam County’s economic and social needs.

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Greer will provide research done by ArtsFund on the economic and social impact of arts in Washington state.

“Washington state is at the top of the country for growth of the creative industry,” said Steve Raider-Ginsburg, executive director of the Field Arts & Events Hall.

“We have been growing much faster than any other state.”

Field Hall will be an “anchor institution,” he said and so he asked Greer to “share what they’ve learned in other communities to prepare us for what is to come and challenge us to steer the change in the direction we want it to go.”

The event is the inaugural presentation of First Fed Community Conversations, Raider-Ginsburg said.

After Greer presents his keynote speech, respondents will ask questions.

Respondents are Christine Loewe, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center; Colleen McAleer, Clallam Economic Development Council; Dr. Mike Maxwell, North Olympic Healthcare Network; and Marty Brewer, Port Angeles School District superintendent.

Following that will be a panel discussion moderated by Terry Ward, publisher of the Peninsula Daily News.

On the panel will be Frances Charles, chair of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe; Greer; Wendy Sisk, Peninsula Behavioral Health; Nathan West, Port Angeles city manager; and Raider-Ginsburg.

Sponsoring the event are the Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund, the Naval Elks Lodge and the Peninsula Daily News.


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