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Keith Vandervort of The Timberjay covered the first in the series of “reConvenings” events on September 20, 2017. You can read the full article here. This event was a follow up event to The Convening held in November of last year.

Host Cathy Wurzer approached the second “Convenings” event with the idea of using artists to challenge the audience about beliefs in facing death and dying: “Artists challenge us to see and feel a different way, and they connect us to our humanity.”

From artistic expression to the sharing of personal stories, this event encouraged Ely area residents to engage in conversations about living life to the fullest while planning for practical matters that face us all at the end of life.

The Convenings is honored with the 2017 Board of Governors Emmy® Award Midwest Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter: “Among American society’s enduring taboos are the subject of late-life and death. None of us wants to think about them, let along talk about them. The Convenings is a multi-year effort to help Minnesotans talk about late-life planning and living as fully as possible until the end of life. It has involved an unprecedented collaboration among Minnesota civic leaders, health care, faith, and commercial and public media professionals. “The National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS)—Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governors Award is the most prestigious Regional Emmy® Award in our chapter. It is voted on by solely by the board. The Governor’s Emmy® Award honors visionary, long-standing relationships that creatively and effectively use corporate, non-profit and broadcast resources to showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message. “The award is presented to a broadcaster, advertiser or company, as well as a non-profit organization, each of whom has contributed to forward a cause. This year’s award will be presented at the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Awards Gala.” Read the full article and view The Convenings’ entry video.

Along with our partners in this statewide endeavor, The Convenings is thrilled to receive this award, which is the most prestigious Regional Emmy Award voted on solely by the Emmy board.