Twin Cities collaboration welcomes Charles Landry May 6-11

April 19, 2012

You’re invited to join internationally renowned authority and one of the most influential names in city futures and urban revitalization, Charles Landry, to understand how art, culture, creativity, and diversity can accelerate both economic and social growth ­– critical elements in strengthening the Twin Cities as world-class region. Creating 21st Century Intercultural and Creative Cities will take place from May 6-11 and will include a series of public events and activities featuring Landry.
A prolific author, engaging speaker, and hands on consultant, Landry has worked with cities across the globe providing expertise on building intercultural and creative capacities. He has advised communities on topics such as green urbanism, using imagination and creativity for urban change, and tapping into ethnic and cultural diversity for economic development. The creative city concept from his highly acclaimed book, The Art of City Making (2006) along with The Creative City: A Toolkit for urban innovators, has spurred a global movement to rethink the planning, development and management of cities.
Highlights include:

  • Central Corridor Station Area Tours & Workshops (Minneapolis & St. Paul) as part of Jane’s Walk USA.
  • Connecting Cities, Connecting Cultures (Cowles Center, Minneapolis) will inspire new thinking and start a dialogue with the neighborhoods along the Central Corridor Light Rail Line.
  • Plan-It Hennepin Walking Tour and Workshop (Minneapolis), directed by urban designers and local artists designed to visualize challenges and determine problem-solving ideas.
  • Great River Gathering (St. Paul RiverCentre), annual celebration of the ecological, economic and historic significance of the Mississippi River, featuring keynote by Landry.
  • Week’s end presentation by Landry on his experience in Minneapolis and Saint Paul including observations, recommendations, and call to action.

Please join us as we visualize possibilities for developing cultural and creative destinations in the Twin Cities region. For a full schedule of events along with links to registration and additional resources, visit

Presented by: 
Ethnic Culture Tourism Destinations Collaborative/CultureBrokers Foundation
District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Hennepin Theatre Trust/Plan It Hennepin – Twin Cities LISC– Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation
With Support from:
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative– City of Saint Paul– McKnight Foundation
Metropolitan Council – Hennepin Theatre Trust – John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation– The Saint Paul Foundation