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Great American Think-Off
James W. Mann Center For Performing Arts, New York Mills Schools
New York Mills, MN
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Thank you! See you on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at the NYM School! Call 218-385-3339 with any questions. If online advance ticket sales window has closed, you will be able to get a ticket at the door ($15 adult general admission, $5 student).


Great American Think-Off
The 30th annual Great American Think-Off will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 in New York Mills, Minnesota.

This year's question is: Which is more important to protect: the environment or the economy?

The Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farming and manufacturing town of New York Mills, sponsors this annual philosophy contest.

People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit an essay of no more than 750 words for a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes and participate in the live debate to ultimately answer the question, determined by audience vote.

The deadline to submit essays is April 1. The four finalists will be chosen by May 1, and will travel to New York Mills, MN to debate the topic before a live audience on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the James W. Mann Center For Performing Arts in the New York Mills Public School.

Immediately following the debate, all are invited to a reception at the Cultural Center for a chance to continue the civil discourse with the finalists and other attendees.

For more info and to submit your essay online, visit think-off.org.


James W. Mann Center For Performing Arts, New York Mills Schools (View)
209 N Hayes Avenue
New York Mills, MN 56567
United States


Arts > Multidisciplinary
Other > Green
Other > Political
Social > Conversation

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
On BPT Since: Apr 17, 2012
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center


We work to be accessible to all. Venue is wheelchair accessible, with special seating available at front or back of auditorium. Contact betsy@kulcher.org or 218-385-3339 with questions or to make special arrangements.

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