This discussion paper, prepared for a June conference in London (U.K.), argues that more attention must be paid to "the fundamental contribution that cultural institutions can make to our quality of life at the deepest level", rather than instrumental arguments based on the economic, social, psychological, personal and civic impacts of the arts.
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".
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.
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.