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Journeys in Creativity and Connectivity
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Lacking inspiration? Exercise found to boost creativity - Telegraph

Lacking inspiration? Exercise found to boost creativity - Telegraph | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
For years it has been suggested that going for a walk or exercising can help with writers' block and get the creative juices flowing.
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Check out http://embodily.com for more wellness tips.

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What the Recent Creative Economy Reports Are Saying | Creative Vitality Suite

What the Recent Creative Economy Reports Are Saying | Creative Vitality Suite | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Researching and publishing of creative economy data are usually done for a very specific goal: “To encourage further investment in arts education, economic development, and cultural planning.”
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North Carolina has a higher share of creative jobs than Illinois and Florida. Creative employment as a share of total employment was highest in the state of New York at 6.2%, with California somewhat lower at 5.4%. Washington was third at 4.8%, Georgia was fourth at 4.6%, and North Carolina followed with 4.5%.
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Creativity Connects: Report on Artists Released- NC Arts Everyday

Creativity Connects: Report on Artists Released- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Trends and conditions affecting artists in the United States are examined in a new report released by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Innovation.
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The definition of who is considered an artist is changing as artists work across disciplines and in entrepreneurial ways.
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Rising Stars features NC Craftspeople- NC Arts Everyday

Rising Stars features NC Craftspeople- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
American Craft Week named seven exceptional North Carolina craftspeople to its national spotlight exhibit Rising Stars, featuring thirty winners under the age of thirty.
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Nearly 3,000 craft artists and 2,000 jewelers are working in North Carolina, part of the creative workforce that provides 144,258 jobs.
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Design Thinking 101

What is design thinking and why should companies care? History and background plus a quick overview and visualization of 6 phases of the design thinking process.
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Encourage innovation through a creative process that focuses on how people respond. Try this concise blueprint for implementing design thinking.
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Artists, investors and innovators join together to launch Upstart Co-Lab

Artists, investors and innovators join together to launch Upstart Co-Lab | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

Upstart Co-Lab is engaging with arts organizations, social innovators, impact investors, universities and others. http://www.upstartco-lab.org/

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"The creative economy is all around us, but the problem is we don't recognize it."
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Udall Introduces CREATE Act To Support Arts Businesses, Jobs In The Creative Economy

Udall Introduces CREATE Act To Support Arts Businesses, Jobs In The Creative Economy | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced a measure to support the development of arts businesses, jobs and the growth of the creative economy.

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"The arts and cultural tourism industries are significant drivers of the economy...Supporting the arts nurtures our communities and the economy."

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Seeking Artist Input #creativz- NC Arts Everyday

Seeking Artist Input #creativz- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

CREATIVZ is a conversation for artists, friends and supporters of of artists and anyone interested in how creativity thrives.

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Add YOUR voice! Tell CREATIVZ about your creative life and how you make it work. Use your favorite social app using the hashtag #creativz to share your thoughts and include a selfie, photo, video or GIF of your work.

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Arts Engagement Develops Business Skills- NC Arts Everyday

Arts Engagement Develops Business Skills- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
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Business executives overwhelmingly agree that exposure to the arts can significantly develop workplace skills including creativity, confidence, focus and ability to work with others.

 

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Durham’s Spoonflower raises $25M for expansion

Durham’s Spoonflower raises $25M for expansion | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Spoonflower, a fast-growing producer of on-demand fabrics, has raised $25 million in funding that it plans to use to develop new products and expand internationally.
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Investing in Creative Industry is good business! Check out how Spoonflower supports talented artists at www.spoonflower.com.

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Investing in Creativity- NC Arts Everyday

Investing in Creativity- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
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When communities have a strong cultural presence, people are more likely to live, work, visit and invest there. Creative activity attracts creative people.

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Creative Workers and the Gig Economy- NC Arts Everyday

Creative Workers and the Gig Economy- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
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Wired Magazine describes these creative workers as "artists and designers; writers, editors and translators, animators, videographers, and sound professionals;... It’s our friends, and our kids. And in 10 years it is going to be everyone.”

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Measuring the Creative Economies of Rural North Carolina

Measuring the Creative Economies of Rural North Carolina | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

 Local and state arts agencies are aware of the types of artists and creative industries unique to their region. Often these creative expressions are rooted in the authentic cultural heritage of a locale. The challenge the agencies face is translating the power of these feelings […]

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Creative Vitality Data documents the contributions of the arts to NC communities.

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Artisan Entrepreneurship as Employment Boost

Artisan Entrepreneurship as Employment Boost | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
A coalition of five nonprofits in Greensboro, NC provides micro-business training focused on underemployed, low-income adults who might leverage existing creative skills to bring products to market.
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Craft Entrepreneurship, Etsy’s in-person program to aid craftspeople in starting businesses, connects participants to local resources like maker-space The Forge.
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The Fusion Effect: how firms gain from combining arts and science skills | Nesta

The Fusion Effect: how firms gain from combining arts and science skills | Nesta | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Businesses with both arts and science skills in their workforce are more innovative and grow faster than science-only firms.
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The impact of arts skills in the workforce extends beyond the creative industries - bringing innovative culture into the workplace culture.
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Arts and Design Sectors Gain Importance to North Carolina Economy- NC Arts Everyday

Arts and Design Sectors Gain Importance to North Carolina Economy- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Creative jobs and earnings add value to regional economies.
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North Carolina metro areas of Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia and Durham-Chapel Hill are in the top 15 US metro areas with more than 500 jobs with the fastest growing creative sectors, both growing over 36 percent from 2011 to 2016.
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Arts Activity Benefits Child Development- NC Arts Everyday

Arts Activity Benefits Child Development- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reviews research studies documenting how the arts benefit children eight and younger.
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Arts participation in early childhood is strongly linked to benefits in social skills development and emotion regulation ability.
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Detroit City of Design | Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit City of Design | Detroit Creative Corridor Center | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.
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Creative Cities Network members represent a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from Gastronomy and Literature to Design. They promote creativity and cultural industries, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans. Detroit is the first U.S. city to receive a UNESCO City of Design designation, joining 47 cities from 33 countries.
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What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy? - CREATIVZ.US

What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy? - CREATIVZ.US | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
To support artists and creative workers in the future, we must reinvent and repurpose our arts infrastructure and prepare artists to be enterprising.
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Creative thinking can help sustain purposeful work.
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Swerve, Collide, Create

Swerve, Collide, Create | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Peter Marsh first met Rebeccah Byer last fall at an event sponsored by the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As the two began to talk they realized that an idea of Byer’s might just be something they could both leverage their expertise on. The idea centered on developing a new product line that took already served wine and beer bottles, and up-cycling them into glasses and barware she could then sell back to the bars. Read more
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Swerve is a model network making creative connections in an innovative way to grow creative economies.

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Creative Workforce Thriving in NC- NC Arts Everyday

Creative Workforce Thriving in NC- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

Interested in creative sector data for your community or region? Contact N.C.

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Creative workers attract visitors and new business investment and this sector is growing in North Carolina.

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Data Systems Can't Capture All Creative Activity

Data Systems Can't Capture All Creative Activity | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
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Individual artists are finding increasingly disparate paths to financial stability. However, in the new economy, many earning opportunities related to informal creative endeavors fly under the radar of national collection mechanisms for economic data. Add to this the fact that capturing all of the arts sector’s workers has never been an easy task, serious undercounting can occur.

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Community Cultural Partners- NC Arts Everyday

Community Cultural Partners- NC Arts Everyday | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
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Many varied cultural assets contribute to a creative community.

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STEM-focused camp for girls only

STEM-focused camp for girls only | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
This week, fourth- and fifth-grade girls from across Lenoir County are participating in a girls-only camp aiming to use technology to teach them to love
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This camp should be described as a STEAM-focused camp since the activities rely on the arts to engage the girls:

"this week’s camp has the girls using iPads and Macbooks to make movies, word clouds, collages and diaries."

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15 surprisingly valuable arts majors

15 surprisingly valuable arts majors | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Data suggests employers are beginning to realize arts and literature students often have skills that other grads may lack.
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Not only do the arts develop workforce skills, there are good prospects for jobs in creative occupations.

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Asheville artists provide more than money to the area

Asheville artists provide more than money to the area | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
'Creative placemaking' poised to come to Asheville
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Great reporting on ways to document the value of artists to a community. Learn more at the Asheville Creative Sector Summit April 24-25!

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