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Alumnus and local arts director visits business college

Jan. 14, 2011

Photo of Neil Bremer.KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumnus Neil Bremer, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will speak Friday, Jan. 28, at his alma mater as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.

Bremer's talk, titled "Enough Already," is free and open to the public and begins at 8 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business. A continental breakfast begins the event at 7:30 a.m.

Reservations are required by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

Bremer will discuss his first six months as CEO of the arts council in terms of challenges, partnerships and vision. Local initiatives will be highlighted within the larger context of world changes for art and culture and relevance to the social and business communities.

A Michigan native, Bremer has almost 30 years of nonprofit and for-profit arts experience. Most recently, he was executive director of Elmhurst Art Museum located in Elmhurst, Ill. Over the past 10 years, he led the museum from a small local art center to being acclaimed by ArtNet critic Victor Cassidy as "one of the best places to see contemporary art in the Chicago area."

Bremer has been a museum and nonprofit management consultant since 1990. He is nationally known as an expert in helping museums connect with their audiences.

A theatre major and dance minor, Bremer received his undergraduate degree from WMU in 1978 with concentrations in performance and directing. He completed graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago's master's program in arts administration.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for members of the local community to hear top business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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