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Concept of Community Explored at Valley Forum

NOV. 5, 2004--An exploration of what creates a sense of community is the topic of the third annual St. Croix Valley community forum, "Better Together: The Experience of Place," on Nov. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Through an art exhibition, performances, and discussions—the forum will address questions such as what creates community, does where we live matter, how to foster the spirit of connection among neighbors, and how lifestyle choices fit within the region's rural roots and urban future. These issues are especially relevant for the bi-state region of the St. Croix Valley as the area transforms from a once primarily rural area to a suburban area.

The forum is preceded by the exhibit opening, reception and open microphone event featuring St. Croix Valley artists and performers from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition of visual artists' interpretations of place runs through Dec. 12 in the Phipps' galleries. All events are free and open to the public. No preregistration is necessary.

The forum features keynote speaker Lewis M. Feldstein, president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and co-author with Robert D. Putnam of the book, "Better Together: Restoring the American Community" (

Feldstein's presentation will be preceded by the music of local composer Chris Silver and followed by a panel discussion including David Griffith, president, St. Croix Valley Foundation; Virgil Nylander, interim chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and John Potter, executive director of the Phipps Center for the Arts.

The forum is presented by UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Phipps Center for the Arts and the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation. The Phipps Center for the Arts is located 15 miles east of St. Paul in downtown Hudson, Wis. on Locust Street near the Lakefront Park.

For more information contact Linda Jacobson, UW-RF College of Arts and Sciences outreach manager, 715/425-3256, 800/228-5607,


Editor's notes:

Lewis Feldstein will be available for media interviews by telephone prior to the forum. Contact Aria Neukam, 603/225-6641 to schedule a media interview.

This forum is funded by in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH. Assistance for the exhibition was provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board.


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