Read this great ARTSblog post from Stephanie Evans about the creative economy – it summarizes the discussions and findings from three recent panel discussions on the subject:
- The NEA’s panel on Creative Placemaking
- The Center for American Progress’ panel The Creative Economy: How to Keep the Fuel of Creation and Innovation Burning – you can watch video of the the full, sold-out panel, moderated by Judy Woodruff, and featuring Paris Barclay, Thomas Friedman, Bill Ivey, and Stephan Siwek
- Partners for Livable Communities’ panel Building Livable Communities: Creating a Common Agenda
In her post, Stephanie Evans sums the challenges to a strong creative economy in the United States, include a lack of leadership and policy at the federal level, economic constraints, and “unbalanced” copyright laws.
Evans also summarizes the panelists’ suggestions for “fixes” to the creative economy:
- Thomas Friedman promotes “a reimagining of immigration legislation” to make it easier for creative workers to live and work in the US legally, incentivizing venture capital, and supporting liberal arts education equally with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
- Paris Barclay called on the federal government to tighten copyright law, which currently allows people’s artistic work to be viewed for free online – he stressed that without action, the creative economy is not a profitable place to work.
- Bill Ivey argued that the creative economy sector must present a united voice to the public and policy makers in order to find a place at the table when relevant issues are being discussed.
Evans concludes the post with the following commentary: “Our creative economy takes place in communities, and produces goods and services that cannot be outsourced to another country. Our creative economy can be boosted with thoughtful support from government programs and leveraged into successful models that cities and states will use to improve their communities. We’ve accomplished the first step of this plan – organizations, individuals, and parts of the federal government are talking about the arts, and spending a lot of time developing solutions to the sector’s challenges. Now we just need to unite into a visible force for policy change.”