The Artistic Dividend: The Arts’ Hidden Contributions to Regional Development (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 5)
Exploratory research articulates how artists' contributions to regional economies constitute an "artistic dividend" – increased economic vitality thanks to artistic activity in a region – a return on current artistic activity and a "product of long-term commitments by philanthropists, patrons and the public sector to regional arts organizations, arts education and individual artists".
This editorial in the British Medical Journal provides a valuable argument from outside the arts community to support the claim that the arts improve health. The editorial suggests that a diversion of 0.5% of the UK's health budget to the arts would probably increase the health of UK citizens.
Competing on Creativity: Placing Ontario’s Cities in a North American Context (16 Oct 2005 | Vol. 1 | No. 6)
In this report, Richard Florida and collaborators apply the analysis from his popular 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class to Canada, with particular emphasis on Ontario.
Austin’s Economic Future: The Intersection of Innovation, Creativity and Quality of Life (16 Oct 2005 | Vol. 1 | No. 4)
Any report that recommends to keep a community "weird" is at least worth a glance. This report on economic development in Austin, Texas – the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World" –embraces culture as an economic engine.
The Creative Engine: How Arts & Culture is Fueling Economic Growth in New York City Neighbourhoods (16 Oct 2005 | Vol. 1 | No. 4)
The body of the report is an examination of local cultural development issues in communities across NYC. The report also updates employment and economic impact figures for New York that were last prepared in 1992.
This report summarizes survey research conducted in the fall of 1998 into the community connections of arts attendees and participants in five American communities
This issue of The NASAA Advocate from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is a useful summary of the burgeoning body of American research into the impact of the arts on education, youth at risk, business, tourism, and economic development.
The National Governors' Association has prepared this summary paper of case studies of state arts education programs for youth, including at-risk and incarcerated youth.