North By North Pushes Arts in Twin Ports

Posted at: 04/23/2013 10:10 PM | Updated at: 04/23/2013 10:21 PM
By: Travis Dill

The arts scene in the Twin Ports is diverse, but pulling together. North by North, an effort to promote local art, kicked off on Tuesday.

The concept isn't a festival or event. North by North is an effort to promote the various artistic events already established in the Twin Ports.

Organizer Richard Hansen said it made sense to pull the different art scenes together.

“So it just seemed like a smart idea to make a promotional push to draw more attention to all these great events that are occurring,” Hansen said.

May is one the biggest months for artists with the Homegrown Music Festival drawing crowds at 30 venues in Duluth and Superior. But Hansen said there's more than just music.

“There's theater, there's dance, there's all kinds of performance, there's the symphony. So there's all these great events,” Hansen said.

North by North may not be an event, but the kickoff on Tuesday included samples of local ballet and opera. Hansen said North by North will bring all that art together to create business.

“Tourism is always a factor, and the economic drivers of having an arts culture and arts economy is very important,” Hansen said.

The Mayors of Duluth and Superior also jumped on board by proclaiming Tuesday as Arts Align Day.

Many at the kickoff said it's an exciting time for art in the Twin Ports, and North by North will push to draw in even bigger audiences.

The first event in the North by North line-up is the Homegrown Music Festival, which starts this weekend.

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