IN THE GAME // A multi-day event featuring smart people, pioneering research, powerful ideas and placed-based strategies designed to make our Colorado downtowns better. This year we’re moving beyond the traditional “talking heads” conference. Instead, we’re transforming the event into a tool to help communities solve the difficult challenges they face right now. Participants will leave feeling inspired and equipped with a tangible plan to make change happen. We’ll also partake in some amateur singing and have a little fun, too.
WE INVITE YOU TO ENGAGE WITH THE:
CHALLENGE STUDIO // These workshops are designed to transform the community’s difficult challenges and problems into promising opportunities. Participants will work side-by-side with leading industry experts and local peer networks to craft problem-solving plans that result in improved futures for all. In the process, the participating communities will be connected into supporting resources and networks; helping them to get the job done.
Featuring Keynotes From:
Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She leads Boston Creates, the City’s cultural plan, and Boston AIR, a program that positions artists as leaders of system-wide change. Burros trained as an urban planner and is a 20-year veteran of municipal government public service.
Vince Kadlubek is the Co-founder and CEO of Meow Wolf, the arts collective behind the award-winning art experience “House of Eternal Return” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Backed by “Game of Thrones” creator, George R.R. Martin, this immersive art experience has generated a remarkable positive economic impact while supporting local growth and emerging talent. Kadlubek is the chairman of the City’s Planning Commission and redefining the role of the artist in the community.
Steven Thomson is the Program and Communications Manager at the Van Alen Institute. Van Alen believes that all aspects of our lives are shaped by our environment. Their work is inspired by two fundamental questions: How do cities impact our minds and bodies? And in turn, how do we impact the environment? Their goal is to develop a better understanding of these complex relationships through the lens of design. In his position, Thomson works at the intersection of media and the built environment.
Additional Presentations By:
Community First Foundation
Art of War
University of Colorado
Colorado State Demographer
Denver Center for the
Colorado State Library
Generator Real Estate &
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
EXPLORE BRECKENRIDGE ON OUR LOCAL TOURS:
Creative District Tour | Breck Create
Breckenridge is an historic downtown that has made significant investments in culture and the arts. Breck Create is the Town’s newly remodeled arts campus that was recently named a Colorado Creative District. Take a walking tour of the district to view the facilities and discuss the process to get to this point, partnerships and how the Town took the initiative to invest in the arts.
Heritage Tour | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
The Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge (a great overview of the town’s history) and Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour (an interesting history of the town’s saloons and pre-dinner happy hour).
Craft Industry Tour | Broken Compass Brewing
Tour Breck’s growing craft brewery, distillery and local ski manufacturing scene and learn about the grass roots efforts entrepreneurs have gone through to grow their businesses and gain momentum with both the local community and visitors.
Affordable Housing Partnerships | Town of Breckenridge
Summit County faces a severe shortage of affordable housing, with most recent studies indicating a need for nearly 1,700 homes for the local workforce. The Town of Breckenridge has been a leader in creating new neighborhoods for the community and has created partnerships with multiple agencies, developers and jurisdictions to develop housing.
Main Street Improvements | Town of Breckenridge
Tour Breckenridge Main Street Improvement project (blub outs, pavers, landscaping, flowers, grading, drainage, way finding signage, parking meters, signage, street furniture etc). The Town has spent more than $6-8 million over the last few years to accomplish all of this and will be the source of much inspiration.
Grow to Share- CSA Tour | High Country Conservation Center (HC3)
Summit County is fortunate to have a local sustainability non-profit that is a leader in energy, water, recycling and locally grown food. In 2016 HC3 started a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that also provides produce for local families in need. At this tour learn more from the leaders of HC3 and how community came together to develop their own CSA.
THE AFTER WORKDAY FUN:
+ Theater Performance by Off Center’s Cult Following
+ Adventures in Breckenridge’s Creative District
+ Latenight Karaoke
AND IF YOU JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH:
Join us for special pre-event programming featuring a live performance of “Map of My Kingdom,” a one act play commissioned to spur dialogue around rural land ownership and succession.
|SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE|
Location | Mountain Thunder Lodge, Breckenridge, CO