As we come to the end of today’s lunch break, at this year’s Creative Economy Summit, we’d like to share a few observations about the morning. The day began with a surprise skit from DramaWorks, in which they pretended to be a panel talking about a dramatic new art bridge installation in the fictional town of Brownfield, MA. The characters artist Misto, Mayor Haveless Needmore, State Rep. Rose Stanley, and local bank president Mr. Showme, got things started with a laugh before the real panel showed up. The real opening panel, speaking on the topic of “What’s in it for me?”, consisted of Beth Reynolds of BaseCamp Photography, Montague’s Town Manager, State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, and the president of Greenfield Savings Bank. After the transition between the two groups, an amusing photo opportunity presented itself as the panelists nameplates had not been swapped over yet.
After the opening plenary, the attendees split into four groups to check out different workshops. A favorite of some was the one we live streamed, Transforming Pittsfield. It was really neat to hear about the many cultural events they created and promoted, and how much they benefitted the town.
Lunch is almost over so we’ll just remind you that we’ll be live streaming several more sessions on our homepage today and tomorrow, we have a photo gallery that we’ll update on Monday, and we’re posting some pics, comments, and updates on our Facebook page and Twitter feed (probably mostly Twitter on Saturday). Also, check our homepage on Monday for a short video compilation of our experience this weekend. Oh, and don't forget to keep checking back over the coming weeks to watch all the sessions we're filming.