Small Market Meetings

DEC 2016

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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December 2016 19 Courtesy Waterloo Center for the Arts Modern art installations at the Waterloo Center for the Arts help meeting attendees tap into their creative sides. museum usually asks for about six weeks' notice — and the museum will also work with the university's art department to set up hands-on art classes and activities. Even if a meeting group doesn't include a tour or a class, just being in the museum, wandering among the artwork during a break, is a benefit many other venues don't offer. "Anytime you can be in a cultural center or museum, it's going to enhance your experience," Williamson-Smith said, adding, "Unlike being in a hotel, you don't take breaks and take a tour of the hotel." Waterloo Center for the Arts Waterloo, Iowa When people are surrounded by art, they can't help but become "a little more creative" — even if they're not inherently creative types, said Carrie Gleason, events coordinator for the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The building sits on the banks of the Cedar River in Waterloo, Iowa, and because it boasts art galleries and a wide variety of event spaces available to the public, it serves as both a cultural center and a com- munity hub. Of the museum's dozen event spaces, the Schoitz River Room is one of the most popular because it can hold up to 250 people or be split into two or three smaller spaces. Just outside the room, the Riverside Sculpture Plaza is an outdoor riverfront space for up to 150 people. The Petersen Town Hall can seat 165 for presentations, and the Law Court Theatre can seat 72. Two separate event rooms each have adjoining decks, both of which overlook the river, making them popular for meetings that use the outdoor space for breaks or lunch, or for evening receptions held beneath the patio's string lights. Just outside, a dramatic riverfront amphitheater has stadium seating COMING TO HENDRICKS COUNTY IN 2018! 65 65 70 70 74 74 46 465 Indianapolis HENDRICKS COUNTY NEW Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center Indianapolis International Airport For more information, contact Becky Harris, Director of Sales | | 800-321-9666 COMPARE ONLINE! See all your Hendricks County options in our handy online comparison chart. YOUR MEETING OPTIONS ARE ABOUT TO GROW BY 25,000 SQUARE FEET! Just minutes west of downtown Indianapolis, Hendricks County is already a great place to hold your meetings and conferences. And now your options are expanding with the addition of the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center! With Visit Hendricks County, meeting planning is made easy. We help you fi nd the meeting and hotel space you need PLUS plan after-hours activities your guests will enjoy. and can accommodate events for up to 3,000 people, such as an annu- al fundraising campaign kickoff and a local company's client apprecia- tion celebration, complete with live music and a hog roast. A couple of blocks away, Expo Plaza is a large-scale outdoor space that can accom- modate events for up to 5,000 people.

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