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June 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Cultivate is a TedX style conference dreamt up and hosted by a committee of dedicated, community minded people who are striving to transform the Fox Cities through incremental but important changes to the way we connect with one another and highlight the cultural assets of NE Wisconsin.

This year we will host keynote speaker Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, who will bring his unique perspective to the audience with a presentation centered around “Tapping Your Power to Create Social Change”.  Our goal is that Derreck’s presentation and personal example of philanthropic entrepreneurship will set an inspirational tone for the day and lead us to a more specific conversation around the ability of individuals to create both local and global impact through incremental change in the Fox Cities.

Laura Zabel is the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts , which operates  Creative Exchange , a platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects. An economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists.
An expert on the relationship between the arts and community development, Zabel has spoken at leading conferences and events including the   Aspen Ideas Festival , the Urban Land Institute, and   Americans for the Arts . A   2014 Bush Foundation Fellow , Zabel’s insights on industry trends have also been featured in outlets from  The Guardian  to  The New York Times . Zabel serves on the board of directors of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.

Ryan Tretow, Creative Entrepreneur at TRETOW, LLC and Architectural Designer for Kahler Slater and Milwaukee innovator will also provide a brief presentation around the power of pop-up spaces, the importance of community art and the significance of design in a community.

Cody Muenster, the head business coach at Outstanding Pros and founder of multiple small businesses locally will be giving a short presentation on the power of giving back as an organization and/or individual, or more succinctly, how “Doing good is good for business.”

There will be a video presentation demonstrating some of the projects that have come to fruition post Cultivate 2015, i.e. a visual representation of the many ideas that were discussed, mulled over and ultimately executed following last year’s event. The video will specifically highlight local accomplishments such as Fox Cities Restaurant Week, The Draw, The Artery and the Alley Project; all of which are thriving examples of social innovation in the Fox Cities.

Birth story of the PAC: Are you curious about the origins of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center? Hear from Kathi Seifert, Walt Rugland and Oscar Boldt, a group of community leaders who came together to make this community asset a reality.

We may just have a few other things up our sleeve as well, so stay up to date on our Facebook event page or website. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or phone.


June 7, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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The Warch Center
711 E Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911 United States
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