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    Arts

    Minnesota Opera opens the season with an outdoor simulcast of Puccini's spaghetti western

    Sept. 16, 2014, 10:05 a.m., Posted by sschouweiler

    Minnesota Opera (a Knight Arts grantee) will celebrate the start of the 2014-2015 season with a free, outdoor simulcast of its opening production, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park (just across from the Ordway), a number of food trucks...

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    Arts

    Meet the incoming artists at the McColl + Response

    Sept. 16, 2014, 9:59 a.m., Posted by kbalcerek

    Works by Fall 2014 Session Artists-in-Residence at McColl Center for Art+Innovation. At the beginning of September, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation welcomed the fall 2014 session of Artists-in-Residence. This marks the 15th year of the McColl Center’s support and promotion of contemporary artists through...

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    Communities

    Knight Cities Challenge offers $5 million to uncover ideas to make cities more successful

    Sept. 16, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

    Today we’re announcing the Knight Cities Challenge, a broad effort to uncover innovative ideas to make our cities more successful, and we’re investing $5 million to support projects that do this. Our question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?”

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    We don’t have preconceived notions on what winning ideas will look like, but the research on what matters to the success of cities is clear. Cities that want long-term success should stimulate increases in talent, opportunity and engagement.

    Why?

    Talent is critical because the percentage of college graduates in your population explains 58 percent of your metro area’s success (if you measure success by per capita income).  And talented people, who are among the most mobile groups in society, want to live in vibrant, diverse communities.

    Opportunity is critical because it is fundamental to getting more people on the ladder of economic success. Cities that break down economic divides and provide opportunity to people from different backgrounds stimulate ideas and connections that enable their communities to thrive.

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