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KickstART to a liberal arts education

Dickinson State University is sponsoring KickstART, a collection of discussions on the impact of the arts on careers and businesses, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium.

The presentations are designed to increase awareness about the economic and social impact of fine and performing arts on a community, according to a news release.

"Our goal is to build awareness about the importance of a liberal arts education, no matter which career you choose," event organizer Josh Nichols said. "My experiences with acting and directing have provided me with the confidence needed to make bold decisions in my entrepreneurial ventures, the creativity to excel in my career in technology, and an outlet for artistic expression that I wouldn't trade for anything."

Discussions will be led by entrepreneurs such as Guy Moos, president of Baker Boy, and Brock White of Brock White Entertainment, as well as community leaders, including Shawn Kessel, Dickinson city administrator, and Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

Art education is useful to those seeking a career in a competitive market, Hagerott said.

"Throughout the public and private sector, leaders are looking for the types of critical thinkers and communicators that come from strong liberal arts backgrounds," he said. "An education in the liberal arts and humanities doesn't only provide facts to students, it provides them with a well-rounded and versatile education that is nearly limitless in application."

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