Chamber leader: Promote art to attract, retain workers

Local artists and business representatives gathered for the Arts Partnership's Business Breakfast Series on Tuesday, March 19, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Emily Olson / WDAY
Local artists and business representatives gathered for the Arts Partnership's Business Breakfast Series on Tuesday, March 19, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Emily Olson / WDAY

MOORHEAD — The Hjemkomst Center was filled on Tuesday with artists and local businesses looking to advocate for local art.

Tuesday, March 19, was the first day of the annual Arts Partnership Business Breakfast Series. The event was the first of three in the series; the next are on Tuesday, April 16, and Tuesday, May 21.

The Arts Partnership, in conjunction with Microsoft and Flint Group, are hosting the series to promote the arts in communities and businesses.

David Brown, CEO and president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, was the keynote speaker. Omaha is known for supporting entrepreneurs, as well as nonprofits. Brown said when communities support local businesses, the area becomes more attractive for people to stay, and for new people to come.

In order for local art to succeed, communities need to have resources available, he said.

"Our job as community leaders is to figure out a way to support them," Brown said. "Make sure the facilities are there. Make sure they do have an opportunity to perform their art in ways that maybe other communities don't let them."

Anyone can attend the series by paying $25. Click here to purchase tickets.