Boise, Idaho’s Inn at 500 Capitol is connecting its guests to local artists. The hotel has transformed its lobby into an evolving gallery of artwork where artists can display and sell their work, commission-free. The exhibitions are created, launched and marketed by curator interns from Boise State University. The art has generated so much interest that the hotel is including “now on display” materials in the guest rooms to introduce the artists’ backgrounds and visions. 

Currently, Inn at 500 Capitol has more than 500 pieces of local art displayed throughout the property. For small group team-building or post-meeting activities, the hotel can arrange private tours and painting workshops at the studios of Boise artists Jany Rae Seda or Karen Eastman.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.