Speaker Series August 22nd - Creative Cities, the Next Gen
Rapid Growth Speaker Series: Creative Cities, the Next Generation
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Come join us August 22nd at the Creative Youth Center
The future of our cities depends on imaginative, forward-thinking leaders who can ask the right questions, think outside the box, and solve problems creatively. How are we teaching our children to imagine and innovate? How could we do better?

Join us Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. at the Creative Youth Center on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids (formerly Literary Life Bookstore) for a special dual-city conversation about the state of arts education in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

We'll hear from innovative educators on both sides of the state who are pushing the needle to ensure our city kids are bright, inquisitive and ready to tackle the challenges of the future, particularly with cuts at the State and Federal levels for art programming.

In Grand Rapids, the speakers will be:

Kim Dabbs - Executive Director, WMCAT

Casey Stratton - Music Program Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

Lori Slager - Founder, Creative Youth Center

Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk - Director of Art Education Program, Calvin College

This Speaker Series is presented by Rapid Growth (Grand
Rapids) and ModelD (Detroit), in partnership with Michigan Nightlight, with special thanks to support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
The program is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited; please register here in advance.

Follow along on Twitter: @rapidgrowth @modeld #CreativeEdMI
Aug. 22nd


6 - 7:30 PM


Creative Youth Center 758 Wealthy Street
This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details, please email us at:

Parking is available near Wealthy and Charles, or The Rapid service route #5 stops near Wealthy and College. Or ride your bike and bring it inside when you arrive!

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