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Last summer, thousands of people gathered every Thursday night in downtown Sheboygan for the popular Levitt AMP concert series, and it generated thousands of dollars for the community.
How the arts can drive economic development for Sheboygan will be the topic of the next ThinkHaus conversation, set for Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center theatre.
Amy Horst, deputy director of programming for the JMKAC, will discuss how arts organizations and a creative economy can position Sheboygan as a destination, aiding city/government officials and businesses.
Horst will talk about the Levitt AMP concert series, which brought 15,000 people together, generated $900,000 in visitor spending and led to the $15 million development of the former Boston Store space in downtown Sheboygan.
It's just one example, Horst will suggest, of what can happen when the interests and talents of seemingly divergent groups and organizations work together.
A member of the JMKAC team since 2005, Horst leads the creation and curation of programs, projects and exhibitions that engage artists and a broad public in innovative ways.
She affects public policy in Sheboygan County as an active board member of Sheboygan Squared (Harbor Centre Business Improvement District) and of the mayoral appointed Redevelopment Authority of the City of Sheboygan, insuring that the arts remain a vital part of the community.
Before coming to Sheboygan, Horst was executive director of the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Ala., where she originated a community-based artist-in-residence program that impacted the community's race relations and small business development opportunities for women and infused the arts into the community landscape.
ThinkHaus is a community conversations series created by Lakeland College, in partnership with Jake's Café in Sheboygan. The series features thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by an expert on a topic of interest to the local community. Following the talk, the speaker and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding.
Learn more at Lakeland.edu/thinkhaus.
Lakeland College was recently informed that former Trustee John DeMaster passed away in December. He was 95 and had been living in Florida.
DeMaster served as a Lakeland trustee from 1977-82 and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1982. A Sheboygan native, he worked in the banking industry for 35 years, retiring as chairman of First Interstate Corporation of Wisconsin, a multi-bank holding company. He was a Certified Public Accountant and a veteran of World War II.
DeMaster and his wife, Muriel, who preceded him in death, provided for Lakeland in their estate.
A Pulitzer Prize-nominated fictional novel is the centerpiece of Lakeland College's third annual Community Book Read.
The college has planned a number of events this spring around author Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!", which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Russell will be at Lakeland on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss her novel. The free event, set for 7:30 p.m. in the college's Bradley Theatre, will including a book signing following the discussion. "Swamplandia!" was among The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011.
Other events, all of which are free and open to the public, include:
March 9 - Joint Book Club Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.Join several book club members from across the county for a joint book club discussion, facilitated by a member of Lakeland's faculty. The event will be held at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 Mill St., Plymouth.
April 5 - Writing Workshop: Blackout Poetry, 6-8 p.m.Put your creative writing skills to the test with this writing workshop led by a Lakeland faculty member. You will create your own "Swamplandia!" inspired poem, using material from the novel. This event will be held at Generations: an Intergenerational Center, 1500 Douglas Dr., Plymouth.
April 7 – "Swamplandia!" Panel Discussion, 6-8 p.m.Family is a significant theme in the novel, and three Lakeland faculty from different backgrounds will discuss the importance of family to the story. This discussion will be held in the Rocca Room at Mead Public Library, 710 N 8th St., Sheboygan.
Learn more about the Lakeland Community Book Read at Lakeland.edu/bookread.
Warren Buffett, an iconic figure in business and investing, will be the topic of discussion at Lakeland College's 15th annual Charlotte and Walter Kohler Business Lecture.
Robert P. Miles, an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will lead a talk entitled "The Genius of Warren Buffett: The Science of Investing and the Art of Leading" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the Bradley Theatre. The event is free and open to all.
Miles' appearance is made possible by a gift from The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust.
His presentation will outline how Buffett, using gifts of memory, math and interpersonal skills, became one of the world's most renowned investors and most respected chief executives, and why investors should study Buffett.
"Genius is a gift bestowed on a rare few of intellectual types," Miles said. "Throughout history, scientists and artists have advanced human achievement, but there are few, if any, advancements made by someone who was both a scientific and artistic genius."
Pursued by journalists and media moguls on just about every move that Buffett makes, Miles is not only a long-term shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, he has gotten to know Buffett personally.
Miles is the author of three books, has created assorted audio and video programs and has appeared on many radio and television programs on five continents, including NPR, CNN, CNN International, CNBC, FOX Business, Channel News Asia, Sky Business News, Shanghai Today, CNBC Asia, CNBC Africa and Bloomberg TV. His Buffett CEO book was featured as a special on National Public Television's Nightly Business Report.
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