Past Event

Storytelling for Civic Pride: There's More Here

A Road Scholar Program by Laura Sievert

This presentation will center on storytelling through the lens of shared public spaces. It’s no secret that our public art, museum, and history records are largely missing the stories of women, people of color and marginalized communities. Laura explores the real logistics of how we change the way we tell our community stories. Participants will learn that changing our collective storytelling isn’t just a moral imperative, but a sound investment for our Illinois economies.

With real-world examples, compelling economic data and a framework that can apply as easily to your local arts council as it does inside local industries, Laura will energize attendees to take a critical look at the stories we’re telling and how expanding the public narrative makes our communities more attractive and competitive. Our communities’ quality of life, talent attraction and retention programs, and future economic vitality depend on our ability to create new cultural conversations.

Let’s find a place to begin new stories based in equity and inclusion for the betterment of us all.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Sue Scott at

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