A colleague recently shared a piece of writing that I found to be so compelling and consistent with the role that 317 Main has to play in our community that I wanted to pass it along and share it with all of you.

This Keynote Address, Why the Arts Must Be at the Table, by Rip Rapson, CEO and President of the Kresge Foundation, emphasizes the critical role of arts and culture, including:

  • The power to fortify bedrock community values;
  • The potential to shape the civic landscape;
  • and The ability to drive creative placemaking and imbue a location with meaning and significance

I hope you will take a few minutes to read the full Keynote Address and reflect on the impact music has had on your life.

I am grateful to all of you for being part of this powerful force for good!

– John