Charles Landry Consultancy:

Creating 21st Century Intercultural and Creative Cities

From May 6-11, 2012, the Twin Cities welcomed internationally renowned authority and one of the most influential names in city futures and urban revitalization, Charles Landry. Creating 21st Century Intercultural and Creative Cities focused on leveraging art, culture, creativity and diversity to accelerate both economic and social growth and strengthen the Twin Cities as a world-class region.This project built on the momentum and success of Mr. Landry's presentation at the 2011 Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Conference.

Nearly all the events were open to the public and most were free of charge.

Here are the attendance figures:

Hennepin Opening Session: 188
West Bank Workshop: 26
Western Workshop: 35
Hennepin Theater Trust Lunch: 43
Intercultural City Workshop: 55
Great River Gathering: 511
Harriet Island Closing: 111
All Organizations Represented: 326
Repeat Attendees Throughout Seven Events: 116
Total Attendance at All Seven Events: 969

Presented by:
Ethnic Culture Tourism Destinations Collaborative/CultureBrokers Foundation - District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and MinneapolisHennepin 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

Contact: [email protected]

Visit the partnership event webpage hosted by the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.


July 19, 2011 - CBF requested Charles Landry return to Saint Paul to further explore Intercultural City.

July 29, 2011 - CBF meets with Met Council to explore partnering to bring Charles Landry back to town on a collaborative program. They agree to work together and to invite Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation (SPRC) to join in as that organization expressed a desire to have Landry present at the Great River Gathering. CBF secures Landry for May 5 - 11, 2012. 

September 13, 2011 - First meeting of the Landry Consultancy Planning Team (CBF, Met Council and SPRC).

October Through December, 2011 - Meet with interested organizations to explore collaborating on a week-long consultancy with Charles Landry. The planning team holds monthly meetings to develop shared goals, objectives and activities. 

January 17, 2012 - Meet with representatives from the cities of Minneapolis & Saint Paul, as well as the Minneapolis Cultural Corridor to consider further collaboration. Click here for notes.

January 23, 2012 - Conference call with Charles Landry.

January 31, 2012 - Met Council submits letter of interest to McKnight Foundation; LISC submits letter of interest to Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

February 10, 2012 - Met Council, Hennepin Theatre Trust and Central Corridor Funders Collaborative commit to providing some project funding. CultureBrokers Foundation meets with Saint Paul Riverfront Corp. to explore their interest in being a Jane's Walk organizer for May 6 Landry cultural node walks as well as Community Walks (future walks).

Februrary 12, 2012 - McKnight Foundation authorizes Met Council to apply for funds.

February 16, 2012 - Core Members Meeting with LISC and Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. CultureBrokers Foundation (CBF) explores with Jane's Walk USA the opportunity to conduct a training in April and a subsequent event on May 6; Jane's Walk training is pencilled in for April 13 and 14.

CBF connects with the District Councils Collaborative (DCC) to explore potential partnership on bringing in Jane's Walk USA for a training; also explores interest in DCC being a Community Walks organizer.

February 21, 2012 - Planning Team Meeting. DCC and U7 join the planning team. Click here for notes.

May 5, 2012 - Program TBD

May 6, 2012 - Program TBD

May 7, 2012 - Program TBD

May 8, 2012 - Program TBD

May 9, 2012 - [Central Corridor Funders Collaborative Annual Meeting]

May 10, 2012 - Charles Landry will speak at the Great River Gathering.

May 11, 2012 - Program TBD

May 12, 2012 - Charles Landry departs


Letter of Interest to Central Corridor Funders Collaborative

ECTD's Consultancy Goals & Objectives

Planning Team

Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative: Brian Joyce, American Indian Family Center; Chamath Perera, Artist; Lisa Tabor, CultureBrokers Foundation; Laura LaBlanc, Full Thought; Deborah McLaren, Local Flavor; Steve Trimble

Corridors of Opportunity: Mark Vander Schaaf, Metropolitan Council; Susan Hoyt, Metropolitan Council; John Kari, Metropolitan Council; Allison Bell, Metropolitan Council; Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative; Eric Muschler, McKnight Foundation.

Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation: Patrick Seeb, Tim Griffin

LISC: Erik Takeshita, Amelia Brown

Hennepin Theatre Trust/Plan-It Hennepin: Tom Borrup

District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Carol Swenson, Anne White



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