LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU CONVENES CULTURAL ECONOMY SUMMIT III -- 01/31/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2007
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU CONVENES CULTURAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT III
Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks & Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden Keynote Friday Sessions
Cultural Attachès From Seven Countries Attend Launch of World Cultural Economic Forum - Event To Mark Katrina Anniversary
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu will convene the Third Annual Cultural Economy Summit on Friday, February 2, 2007 in New Orleans, LA. The Summit will bring citizens from across the state together to work to grow the state's cultural industries -- food, music, film, art, architecture, literature and historic preservation. The summit will also feature a clinic on how to apply for loans and grants from the state's Business Recovery Grant and Loan program.
Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden will be keynote speakers at the event. Cultural attaches from seven countries will take part in the launch of the World Cultural Economic Forum, a statewide event that will coincide with the 2007 anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The World Cultural Economic Forum is designed to bring tourists to Louisiana to experience our unique culture and to show our cultural connections to the nations of the world.
The Summit opens with a reception honoring Louisiana Grammy Award Nominees at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2007, at the Presbytere Museum in Jackson Square. New Orleans Music Legend Irma Thomas, Zydeco Artist Ann Savoy, Louisiana's LeRoux Band and Cosimo Matassa are among the nominees who will be in attendance. The Summit's Plenary Session and seminars will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street.
Cultural Economy Summit III - February 2, 2007
8 a.m. Registration Opens
8:45 a.m. Shades of Praise Choir Performance
9 a.m. Opening Remarks and Video Presentation
9:25 a.m. Opening Keynote
9:45 a.m. Remarks on the value of a thriving cultural economy on a city's development and growth
10 a.m. Remarks on the value of the Cultural Economy Initiative and the Grammies
10:10 a.m. Remarks on Louisiana's supportive environment for film and cultural industries
10:20 a.m. 2007 Action Plan Presented by Mt. Auburn Associates
10:45 a.m. Panel: Building the Gateway to a World Cultural Economy
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Luncheon Keynote
1:15 p.m. Remarks on the mission, progress and plans for the future of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Cultural Economy Summit III - February 2, 2007
1:30 p.m. ACTION Breakouts until 4:00 -
1. Tourism And the Cultural Economy- Explores tourism's role in the Cultural Economy. This session addresses the challenges and value of creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the Tourism and Cultural sectors. Models and best practices will be shared that stimulate tourism and economic development through arts, culture, and heritage.
2. * Louisiana Small Business Retention Program- A new Small Firm Loan & Grant Program Learn about this critical new program and how to apply for a share of $140 million in loans and grants for small businesses and non-profits in the "20 most impacted parishes" before the February 16 deadline!
3. Legislate!- Designing tax incentives to cultivate the cultural industries. The entertainment industry continues to flourish in Louisiana as a result of the lucrative tax incentives adopted by the legislature. Join this session to explore CRT's 2007 legislative agenda to breathe new life into the cultural industries.
4. Statewide Participation in the world cultural economic forum-getting involved. Connecting the Louisiana arts leadership for participation in the first Louisiana world cultural economic forum.
5. Speak up! Express your interest, ideas, and expectations for the direction of Louisiana's new comprehensive five-year plan for historic preservation-encompassing Preservation, Archaeology, and Main Street programs including the new Urban Main Street projects. Contribute your ideas about existing assets and opportunities, challenges and resources essential to a progressive preservation plan.
6. Quality of life-Housing and Healthcare. A panel will present opportunities available NOW and in the future. The recovery process can be painfully slow. This session features resources that cultural workers, organizations and businesses can take advantage of RIGHT NOW! It will help you speed up your recovery efforts by introducing a variety of options for funding, healthcare, housing, insurance and other aspects that help you continue participating in Louisiana's cultural rebirth.
7. We're not just books anymore! - Libraries providing avenues of prosperity for arts and the Cultural Economy
Libraries are not just for books any more; they are dynamic centers of community activity providing venues and a depth of resources for cultural events and practitioners, from art to music; cooking to dancing; film making to storytelling; from tourism to entrepreneurship. Learn how to connect with one of the best cultural resources in your community to spark new ideas and levels of activity.
* Prospective applicants who already have an application form and are ready to apply for the Small Business Loan and Grant Program, are encouraged to sign up for a 30 minute consultation appointment, to submit their applications through SEEDCO. You must sign up for this appointment at the table near registration. Appointments will be held in Studio 7 beginning at 10AM.