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ArtPlace America's Jamie L. Bennett Speaks at Wilmington Renaissance Corp's 2014 Meeting Today

ArtPlace America's Jamie L. Bennett Speaks at Wilmington Renaissance Corp's 2014 Meeting Today

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) is pleased to announce Jamie L. Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America based in New York City, as its keynote speaker at WRC's Annual Meeting: Creating Place - Live, Work, Play & Learn, being held today, May 6, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington.

"We are thrilled to have Jamie Bennett as our keynote speaker," said Carrie W. Gray, WRC Managing Director. "His dynamic presentation will inform and energize our community about creative placemaking in Wilmington and beyond. We're also honored to have both Governor Markell and Mayor Williams speaking about exciting developments throughout the state and city."

Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a collaboration among 14 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Over the past three years, ArtPlace has invested $42.1 million in 134 projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities' social, physical and economic futures. Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, he was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs during Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Jamie has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation, served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University, and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic and Columbia College. His nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and HERE Arts Center, the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, and Studio in a School's Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

The 8th Annual Meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, focusing on WRC's core strategic areas of Education, Infrastructure, Quality of Life and Culture while providing an update on the Creative District and the Big Ideas strategies. WRC generates Big Ideas to improve education, infrastructure, quality of life and culture in Wilmington, and will bring the community up-to-date on their development. WRC will discuss efforts to collaborate with community partners to implement these Big Ideas.

Tickets are $50 per person and $475 for a table of 10. They include a gourmet breakfast and complimentary parking at the Court House Parking Garage. Guests can enter from Walnut Street or King Street and ask for a voucher at the check-in table.

For tickets call 302.425.5500, or purchase them online at:

This event is sponsored in part by: DuPont, Delmarva Power, M&T Bank, City of Wilmington, Delaware River and Bay Authority/Wilmington Airport (ILG), Highmark Delaware, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, The Commonwealth Group, ab+c Creative Intelligence, Colonial Parking, Wheeler Wolfenden & Dwares, Out & About Magazine, and World Cafe Live at The Queen.

We're Wilmington Renaissance Corporation-the Big Ideas people! Our mission is to breathe life into Wilmington. We stimulate the city's economy, attract new residents and hold events that enrich our culture. We support a variety of efforts to make the city more attractive - whether they involve history, entertainment, lifestyle or development. We are true transformers- working with investors, local citizens and government to bring Big Ideas to Life. We're partners, advocates and facilitators. We open doors and loosen logjams. We pull strings and cut red tape. We're a sounding board and a test kitchen. We put the life in city life. We're in tune, in touch-and always in town. Wilmington Renaissance Corporation is a privately funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

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