Keynote Speaker to Highlight the Economic and Civic Impact of Arts & Culture

Beautiful Downtown Lewiston to welcome Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts, as the keynote speaker for organization’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Contacts:           Courtney Kramer, Executive Director, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston 208-790-1148 

Date:                  January 17, 2018

Lewiston, Idaho— Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts, will deliver a keynote speech about the economic

Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2015 Washington, D.C. (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/

and civic impact of a thriving arts and culture district at Beautiful Downtown Lewiston’s Annual Meeting on February 5, 2019. Community members are invited to attend the presentation, which will begin at 5:30 pm at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for the Arts & History, 415 Main Street in downtown Lewiston.


Mr. Dick’s visit to Lewiston is part of the development of a Cultural District Plan as part of the larger Lewiston Downtown Master Plan initiative. Development of the Cultural District Plan is funded in part thanks to an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts bring people downtown, which positively impacts the downtown economy,” noted Courtney Kramer, BDL’s Executive Director. “The arts are a $1.9 billion industry in Idaho every year—2.9% of the state’s economy. On average, every attendee spends an additional $24.67 in food, beverages, and miscellaneous purchases when they attend an arts event. Jay’s presentation will reinforce the positive economic impact while also delving into the civic importance of creative placemaking.”

Originally from Colfax, Iowa, Dick has a deep understanding of how the arts and culture can be transformative to rural America.  He currently serves as a program lead and subject matter expert for the National Association of Counties’ (NACO) Creative Counties Initiative that is funded through the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and focuses on rural counties. Further, he has worked extensively around the topic of using the arts to promote city livability in small and midsize cities. His complete biography and photo is attached to this press release.

Kramer added that an “NEA study published in 2017 indicated that rural towns that make a strategic decision to target most public and private investments into the historic town centers have a better chance of succeeding, and BDL is in a unique position to bring our community’s arts and culture organizations together to collaborate and focus their activities in downtown Lewiston.”

Full Biography of Jay Dick