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

This report outlines the nature of the emerging creative economy, where "human creativity is a defining feature of contemporary life". The report identifies four "critical success factors in building a successful creative economy": (1) leadership and participation; (2) infrastructure; (3) awareness and education; and (4) investment and policy.
For Ontario to become a "world leader in the creative age", this report argues that building prosperity for all Ontarians will require "drawing more broadly on the creative skills of our people and workforce, developing stronger clustered industries, and harnessing the creative potential of current and future generations".
Compendium of Research Papers
The International Forum on the Creative Economy, a two-day forum in Gatineau, Quebec in March 2008, provides "evidence on the current and future economic forces and trends impacting the innovation, creative, and knowledge-based economies".
This study provides information about professional development practices in Ontario's cultural sector, including data about "how much training is pursued, the types of training, and who is paying for it".
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.