Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Creative class, cities, people, neighbourhoods

The report provides a scan of 20 countries' policies related to creative workers and artists, including education and training policies, awards and contests, business support and entrepreneurial development, as well as tax and social security policies. "Despite the general assumption that the knowledge economy will produce a labour force which resembles the cultural sector in its core characteristics, most countries have not yet introduced comprehensive creative labour policies to accommodate a more flexible, mobile workforce, and one which is increasingly self-employed."
The key goal of the report is to examine cultural occupations in non-cultural sectors of the economy. The report finds that 40% of culture workers are employed in non-cultural sectors, especially four sectors: manufacturing, business services, educational services and retail trade. Between 1991 and 2001, there were two particularly significant growth sectors for creative workers: the manufacturing sector and the business services sector.

This report from the (U.S.) Urban Institute attempts to "develop and recommend an initial set of arts and culture indicators derived from nationally available data" and to compare some American metropolitan areas based on the indicators.

Kitchener-Waterloo
This presentation by Kelly Hill, hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, examines how creating a vibrant cultural centre could assist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area’s goal of “moving from good to great”. There are three main components of the presentation: 1) the potential impacts of creating a vibrant cultural centre; 2) an examination of some key statistics on the artistic component of Kitchener-Waterloo; and 3) suggestions on what could be done in Kitchener-Waterloo to help create and maintain a vibrant cultural centre.
A public forum in Saskatoon in September 2006, on which this briefing note is based, brought together a number of speakers to discuss "two powerful issues: the development of our cities and the nature of culture as a public good".
The federal External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, led by former B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt, outlines four key dimensions in creating sustainable communities: economic, environmental, social and cultural.
These three reports from Hill Strategies' Statistical Insights on the Arts series highlight the number and earnings of artists in Canadian cities, small municipalities and neighbourhoods based on the 2001 census.
From Bronze to Gold outlines "10 solid steps toward a creative economy" and "five creative leaps to consider" in order to boost Canadian productivity and position Canada to compete more effectively in a global economy. From a cultural standpoint, this Canadian Council of Chief Executives report provides much encouragement but also some difficulties.
The concept of creativity, as applied to people, classes, neighbourhoods and cities, has been thrust into the limelight by the success of Richard Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class. In this analysis, people want to live 'where things happen', creative class workers flock to creative locales, and jobs follow people, not the other way around.
This site contains brief summaries of how the arts contribute to six aspects of Canadian life: the economy; urban renewal; community identity and pride; positive change in communities; quality of life and quality of place; and youth development.