Arts and Culture
Meeting planners may be forgiven for not recognizing Wichita, Kansas, as a multifaceted meetings destination now brimming with cultural institutions and downtown dining and brewpub options for delegates. Explore its many arts facilities and offsite venues for meetings.
Want to experience the beauty of Washington, but don’t have excess time or budget to accommodate group tours? Planners can recommend these self-guided tours of local public art for attendees to explore between meetings for some free-time fun and fresh air.
Set in southwest Michigan, Grand Rapids’ affinity for art creatives and admirers goes back to the 1800s when the city was known as "Furniture City.” Today, varied works of art fill the city, from public spaces to museums. Learn how your group meeting in Grand Rapids can explore the scene.
Connecticut’s performing and visual art venues help tell the history of the region and bring performers, artists and works of art to the area. Many of these can host events, too. From Hartford area to the historic seaside town of Mystic these art venues will wow creative-minded attendees.
A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.
The cities in North Carolina’s Triangle region—Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill—are home to a wealth of cultural venues and experiences for groups, from storied performing arts theaters to renovated industrial spaces.
Raleigh is known as the “Smithsonian of the South” for its free-admission museums. For groups with passions for art and culture, Raleigh’s museums make for a welcome activity after meetings. They can also stand in as alternative offsite event venues.
“We now have 135 permitted festivals each year, which equates to a festival every two-and-a-half days,” said Rachel Avery, director of convention services and events for the city’s CVB, New Orleans & Company. “We have festivals large and small that appeal to anyone and everyone. If it crawls, swims and you can dance to it, you can have a festival around it.”
When combined with its melting pot of cultures, this heady mixture of New Mexico arts and culture translates into a gallery of great offsite options for meetings and events groups.
From experiential travel options to culinary and agritourism activities, Maui has a way of grabbing you and never letting go. I still associate one of the most memorable experiences of my life with this magical island.