The Mid-Columbia Arts Foundation is holding a meeting about how the arts affect the local economy in a positive way from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.
Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Center, will be the master of ceremonies. Bill McKay, dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, will provide a historical perspective on the growth of the arts community and its effect on the local economy.
Hear from a select panel of private and public business owners from Boise Valley, Walla Walla and Spokane, who will describe how investment in the arts grows private business as well as their community's culture and economy.
The public will have an opportunity to talk to panelists and learn more about local arts organizations at their displays and demonstrations in an open-house and exhibition immediately following the meeting.
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The meeting will be in the Consolidated Information Center in room 120.
For more information, call Barb Carter at 531-0944 or Ellen Tomaszewski at 628-8626.