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Award-winning thinker to bring his community vision to AU
On Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Binns-Merrill Hall on the Alfred University campus, small town Alfred will think big, as nationally recognized and award-winning art and community developer John Davis visits AU.
Davis’ visions for the arts are responsible for two rural towns, Lanesboro, MN and New York Mills, being listed on "The Hundred Best Art Towns in America" in best-selling guide books, the latter also appearing in USA Today’s "Top 5 Culturally Cool Towns."
His work has been featured on National Public Radio, broadcast on C-Span, and featured in The New York Times. It has also resulted in consulting roles for Davis in small towns and cities on how to turn their unique cultural and historical assets into economic gains.
Davis currently serves as executive director of the Lanesboro Arts Center. He is reviewing entries for the 11th National Kids Philosophy Slam, an event founded by Davis in Lanesboro which attracts contestants all the way from Finland, South Korea, and Iran.
Prior to his moving to Lanesboro, Davis lived in New York Mills, where he founded the New York Mills Cultural Center and Arts Retreat program.
Thursday, he will bring his vision to Alfred.