The Creative Economy

More and more movers and shakers are talking about the creative economy.  The creative sphere, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses have a positive impact on our world not only by  producing and distributing cultural goods and services which impact the economy with jobs and revenue but these creative thinkers also improve our quality of life.  Imagine a world without beautiful architecture, thought-provoking film and art installations, beautiful paintings and sculpture and unique one-of-a-kind hand-made crafts.  It would be a grey, flat world, devoid of the joy and life creative works bring us.

In Cleveland’s University Circle, one of only two neighborhoods with both job and population growth of late, art-centric expansion is the cornerstone of that growth.  You can read more about University
Circle’s cultural renaissance and all the fun art activities going on in this New York Times article of  July 21, 2013.

Cali Shaw Band, CD release party

Cali Shaw Band, CD release party

Closer to home, here in Albuquerque, we’ve seen a tremendous upswing in arts and culture activities in recent years.  From concerts at the Zoo and the Biopark, to Summerfest celebrations in different neighborhoods, to a marriage of artisans with farmers at the local grower’s markets – art and culture are booming.  Click on Creative ABQ to read about the wide diversity of options in the creative economy of  the Duke City.

And don’t forget about the many, many local musicians we have here, providing us with low cost or free entertainment in venues all around town.

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