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The Arts Economy Initiative at the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is a decades-long project on artists, their livelihoods, the organizations that nurture and present their artwork, and contributions, along with arts organizations and cultural industries, to regional and local economies. Major funded projects summarized here have gnerated academic journal articles listed under more publications.

The Arts Economy Initiative’s research documents the significance of artists’ presence in metropolitan areas across the US using Census data, surveys and interview sources, much of it published in scholarly journals (see the website list). The work shows that artists are relatively footloose and are attracted not only by the presence of other artists and sectors employing artists but also by strong philanthropic institutions at the regional level, a population that patronizes the arts, environmental and cultural amenities and livable neighborhoods with affordable housing. In a forthcoming book, The Distinctive City, we show that the cities that are successful in “home-growing” artists and attracting and keeping them are not necessarily the largest or fastest-growing metropolitan areas—a set of second tier cities have done very well by cultivating the arts. Many smaller towns and urban neighborhoods have figured out ways of nurturing artists in their midst as well. Among other arguments, we stress the under-appreciated potential of arts and cultural investments in the local consumption base as economic development.

The Arts Economy Initiative’s work is tailored around issues of concern to artists, arts organizations, and cultural and economic development policymakers. In addition to our published work, we have given dozens of high profile talks around the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, and Brazil, often for large public audiences of mixed interests and in cities of many sizes, and frequently involving private consultations with civic and arts leaders in conjunction. Markusen and her team’s work has been extensively cited in various media.

You can find more publications here.

The Economic Contribution of Arts and Culture – A CFCP Online Debate

All this week The Centre For Creative Practices are holding an online a discussion / debate about the economic contribution of arts and culture.

The week will include: webinars, blog posts, Twitter Feeds, group discussion and videos on how economic strategists, arts professionals, artists and arts organisations see this economic contribution. Is it sustainable? is it relevant or should we be concentrating of creativity and engagement more than economic contribution?

Get involved, use the hashtag #artseconomyire on Twitter or Facebook and lets get this discussion out there. It’s one we need to have and this is your chance to get involved.

Follow the debate online by clicking here >>

Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurs 4 day Bootcamp
23 – 26 June 2016

Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
€250 Early Bird Price or €325 Normal Price

This unique 4 Day Workshop on Professional and Entrepreneurial Skills for artists & creatives of all genres will take place in rural Wicklow.

Organised and run by the Centre for Creative Practices, the Boot Camp programme is geared towards artists & creatives at all stages of their careers. If you need any more information please get in touch

Book Your Space Now!

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