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Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development

Verlag: Brookings Institution Press, 2013
ISBN 10: 081572473X / ISBN 13: 9780815724735
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Titel: Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic ...

Verlag: Brookings Institution Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Examines the impacts of arts and cultural consumption and production on local economies. Topics include location choices of arts entrepreneurs; links between the arts and non-arts sectors; public policies to foster local arts; and the arts' effects on incomes in cities across the United States and the United Kingdom"--Provided by publisher. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_081572473X

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Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decisionmakers are increasingly focused on what makes places livable. Access to the arts inevitably appears high on that list, but knowledge about how culture and the arts can act as a tool of economic development is sadly lacking. This important sector must be considered not only as a source of amenities or pleasant diversions, but also as a wholly integrated part of local economies. Employing original data produced through both quantitative and qualitative research, Creative Communities provides a greater understanding of how art works as an engine for transforming communities.

"Without good data and analysis —much of it grounded in economic theory —we cannot hope to strengthen communities through the arts or to achieve any of the other goals we set for the National Endowment for the Arts, the largest nationwide funder of the arts." —from the Foreword by Rocco Landesman

Contributors: Hasan Bakhshi (Nesta UK), Elisa Barbour (University of California, Berkeley), Shiri M. Breznitz (Georgia Institute of Technology), Roland J. Kushner (Muhlenberg College), Rex LaMore (Michigan State University), James Lawton (Michigan State), Neil Lee (Nesta UK), Richard G. Maloney (Boston University), Ann Markusen (University of Minnesota), Juan Mateos-Garcia (Nesta UK), Anne Gadwa Nicodemus (Metris Arts Consulting), Douglas S. Noonan (Indiana University?Purdue University Indianapolis), Peter Pedroni (Williams College), Amber Peruski (Michigan State), Michele Root-Bernstein (Michigan State), Robert Root-Bernstein (Michigan State), Eileen Roraback (Michigan State), Michael Rushton (Indiana University), Lauren Schmitz (New School for Social Research), Jenny Schuetz (University of Southern California), John Schweitzer (Michigan State), Stephen Sheppard (Williams College), Megan VanDyke (Michigan State), Gregory H. Wassall (Northeastern University)


Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decisionmakers are increasingly focused on what makes places "livable." Many factors are involved, including the arts and culture, which make a crucial contribution to community development. But knowledge about arts and culture as a development tool and what works at various urban and regional levels is lacking. What art forms or types of arts-related employment matter the most, and in what neighborhoods? How does a city ensure that "the arts" is not defined simply by a core of long-established major arts institutions? What state and local policies best foster the development of strong local arts scenes?

Creative Communities offers answers and provides an understanding of "how art works." A central theme is that the arts are an amenity or sector to be considered not in isolation but as a wholly integrated part of the local economy. Using original data and quantitative and qualitative methods, the contributors investigate the arts as an engine for transforming communities and as an integral, measurable component of the U.S. economy. Topics include location choices by arts entrepreneurs, links between the arts and non-arts sectors, public policies to foster local arts organizations, and the arts' effects on incomes in cities across the nation.

The complex role of the arts in local growth has made empirical research in this field especially challenging. The new research in this volume will be warmly welcomed by scholars who seek to understand this dynamic relationship and policymakers who strive to promote the economic growth and development of their communities.

This volume has been edited by Michael Rushton for the National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Research & Analysis.

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