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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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Design, innovation, and rural creative places: Are the arts the cherry on top, or the secret sauce?

Design, innovation, and rural creative places: Are the arts the cherry on top, or the secret sauce? | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Rural design-integrated establishments tended to locate in counties with more highly educated workforces and containing at least one performing arts organization...rural areas characterized by design-integrated establishments experienced faster growth in wages relative to rural areas characterized by establishments using no systematic approach to design.
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"...promoting the arts is likely to have a positive impact that extends beyond a direct economic impact to affecting the capacities of businesses reliant on design and innovation, either by attracting or enabling creative talent."
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Local Arts and Entertainment Draw Businesses and Their Workers

Local Arts and Entertainment Draw Businesses and Their Workers | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
According to the 2014 Rural Establishment Innovation Survey ( REIS), two out of three establishments report that arts and entertainment are either “somewhat” or “very” important as a community feature in attracting workers.
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Access to arts and entertainment is a feature considered important by 66 percent of business establishments surveyed. These enterprises are more likely to be invested in design, rated higher in innovation and indicate growing markets. The arts are seen as a workforce amenity.
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Blog: exploring the heart of it

Blog: exploring the heart of it | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

As an artist, you're bound to collect stuff. After all, how can you create art without lots of paint, paper, canvas, clay, stone, metal, fabric, thread, and yarn? But how much stuff?

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"Collecting for repurposing" sounds more creative than "hoarding" - finding beauty in found objects is artistry. See also the work of environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck http://www.bryantholsenbeck.com/
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The 29 coolest small US cities to visit in 2018

The 29 coolest small US cities to visit in 2018 | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
National Geographic has released its list of the 30 best small cities in the US, summarized in this travel piece. Shutterstock image of Asheville by Sean Pavonne.
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Artsiest (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools) is a category for ranking livability. Nice to see NC cities Asheville and Hickory recognized.
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When life gives you coal ash, make coal ash art - The Progressive Pulse

When life gives you coal ash, make coal ash art - The Progressive Pulse | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Caroline Armijo was feeling relaxed, her mind open, during a guided meditation class when she was visited by a creative muse: Why not take coal ash, the source of misery for so many people in her hometown of Walnut Cove, and fashion something beautiful from it? Now Armijo, an environmental activist and a mixed-media artist
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The creative vision of an artist leads to a partnership with scientists to turn hazardous waste into sculpture raising environmental awareness.
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Discovering Your City's Maker Economy

Discovering Your City's Maker Economy | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

As the maker economy continues to take shape in cities across the country, it is emerging as a potential powerhouse for building strong local economies through creative maker- microbusinesses and small-scale manufacturing.

As this nascent industry of small businesses expands and transforms, city leaders should understand what the maker economy is and how to harness its economic development potential. 

Discovering Your City’s Maker Economy is co-developed by National League of Cities, Etsy, Recast City and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and aims to provide a roadmap for cities and maker communities on how to collaboratively develop policies, programs and a culture that better supports local maker businesses, micro-producers and small manufacturers.


The maker community has the potential to be inclusive and act as a key driver in achieving your city's equity goals. 


The guide helps define the maker community, highlight specific ways that city leaders can support these entrepreneurs, and provide profiles of supportive programs, policies and partnerships at the city level. 

 

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Makers create (either by design or fabrication) a tangible item. Makers are potters, jewelers, metalsmiths, woodworkers, seamstresses, fabric artists, designers, cooks, chefs, artists, doodlers, printers, painters, candlestick makers and more - and are all around us sharing their creativity.
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Instead of courting Amazon, cities should do more to support local startups

Instead of courting Amazon, cities should do more to support local startups | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Alexa: Will you bring jobs to my city?
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Creative businesses can let local governments know what they need to thrive. Don't hesitate to be visible to economic developers. Your talents are less likely to be outsourced.
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#58Kcreates - The Charlotte Region's Creative Economy

The numbers are going up. Time to get down...to business www.artsandscience.org/58kcreates
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Awesome messaging that puts a face on the creative economy, celebrating both nonprofit and creative industry impact. Creatives and supporters will really "Feel Good" about the importance of the arts to community.
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Creative Companies

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The creative economy is growing faster than any economic sector.  
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Innovative arts-centric entrepreneurs are participating in the Creative Startups accelerator program to hone their business skills.
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A Ceramics Studio Reviving the Economy of a North Carolina Town

A Ceramics Studio Reviving the Economy of a North Carolina Town | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
The Shelter Collection, now in the Food52 Shop, is a collaboration with STARworks, a non-profit in Star, North Carolina that is helping revive the community after the closing of a factory that provided most of the town's jobs.
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Small Town Area Revitalization (STAR) builds on art and design to create jobs and community, attracting creatives and visitors.
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How Does the Brain-Body Connection Affect Creativity?

How Does the Brain-Body Connection Affect Creativity? | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Stanford researchers conducted experiments to better understand how walking affects creative thinking. Their assessment? Walking encourages creativity. In three of the alternate uses studies the numbers were profound: 81%, 88%, and 100% of participants were more creative walking than sitting.
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Movement is useful for creative thinking. Even a short walk is energizing.
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NEA grant to fund study on social, economic impact of glassblowing on Farmville | ECU now

NEA grant to fund study on social, economic impact of glassblowing on Farmville | ECU now | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
The $20,000 NEA award will fund a 2-year research study by ECU graduate students in anthropology and economics on the social and economic revitalization impact of the GlasStation on Farmville’s business district. Residents will be asked about the GlasStation, how it affects their sense of identity and community cohesion and quality of life. Researchers will also look at how property is used, sold or rented in the historic business district. Surveys, interviews and observation will help provide data for the research. Photo by Cliff Hollis.
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Congratulations to East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication on this competitive award. The study methodology can be a model to measure how development of arts facilities improves rural communities.
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Art Talk with Shirlette Ammons | NEA

Art Talk with Shirlette Ammons | NEA | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
NEA profile features the creative journey of an artist whose North Carolina roots helped shape her voice.
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Inspiring read about how art matters to an innovative performer and producer. In Shirlette's words, "I feel like there is no movement without art at the center of everything that happens."
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Arts and Culture Contribute to US GDP

Arts and Culture Contribute to US GDP | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
The arts’ value added to the U.S. economy is greater than that of construction, transportation and warehousing, and agriculture industries, according to the Arts and Culture Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
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In 2015 Arts and Culture Production contributed 4.2% of the U.S. GDP. Top industries are broadcasting (excluding sports); motion picture industries; publishing (excluding Internet); arts ‐ related retail trade; Internet publishing and broadcasting/streaming); and performing arts companies and independent artists, writers, and performers. Read more at https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/ACPSA_2015-Brief1Access.pdf
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5 Hobbies That Boost Your Career Skills

5 Hobbies That Boost Your Career Skills | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Taking on a hobby that makes you happy can help you reduce stress, get more focused, and unleash creative brainpower. Permission to play, granted!
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Top two suggestions are music and creative writing, to manage stress and improve public speaking through storytelling.
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Appalachian Town Becomes Arts Destination Through Public Nonprofit Partnerships

Appalachian Town Becomes Arts Destination Through Public Nonprofit Partnerships | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
This Kentucky city’s story speaks to the potential for economic strategies that focus on boosting homegrown companies to be successful.
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'Investing in the arts has proven an effective economic strategy. Berea Economic Development Director Danny Isaacs notes, “[Economic growth] goes back to building on what you have and what you’re known for. For Berea, the natural choice was arts and crafts. It’s been a part of the cultural fabric in Berea for longer than any of us have been around.”'
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Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’ | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
In his new book, Alexander Langlands wants readers to appreciate what it meant to make things with your hands, as our ancestors did for millenniums.
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Eloquent review of a book exalting the importance of creating: "...a way of looking at the world. In reconnecting with craeft, he begins to see not just the beauty of an object or a building or a landscape, but the deeper purpose for which each has been created."
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Are you an artist looking to live cheap? Kinston may have a house for you.

Are you an artist looking to live cheap? Kinston may have a house for you. | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Kinston is emerging as an unlikely arts hub, thanks to a benefactor who attracts artists to the Eastern North Carolina town by renting them houses – super-cheap.
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Visionary leadership catalyzes a small town through the arts.
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SNAAP: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project | Learning about the lives and careers of art graduates in America.

SNAAP: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project | Learning about the lives and careers of art graduates in America. | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
Research finds arts alumni give back to their communities. Individuals with arts degrees are engaged with the arts in their communities at a rate much higher than the general population, according to a report released by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project at the Indiana University School of Education. snaap.indiana.edu/pdf/2017/SNAAP_Annual_Report_2017.pdf
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"SNAAP defines “the arts,” “art,” and “artist” to include a broad range of creative activity, including performance, design, architecture, creative writing, music composition, choreography, film, illustration, and fine art." Arts alumni make community connections.
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A massive pink Nina Simone mural now hangs in downtown Raleigh. Here’s the story behind it.

A massive pink Nina Simone mural now hangs in downtown Raleigh. Here’s the story behind it. | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
A crocheted-yarn likeness of Nina Simone will be on the wall of the Raleigh Convention Center for the next few months, part of artist Olek’s “Love Across the USA” mural project.
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Love Across the USA is a community public art project bringing people together through community workshops and public art installations. "Just as many loops connect to create a strong crocheted fabric, we are stronger together." https://www.loveacrosstheusa.com/about/
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North Carolina Arts Council

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Trailer from Purple Dreams, the documentary about the power of the arts filmed at Northwest High School of the Art in Charlotte, NC.

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The arts help in understanding issues both on and off stage.
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Rural Placemaking: Making the Most of Creativity in your Community - Housing Assistance Council

Rural Placemaking: Making the Most of Creativity in your Community - Housing Assistance Council | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
This issue of Rural Voices examines Creative Placemaking as it is practiced in rural communities. The term “creative placemaking” is only about a decade old, but rural community organizations have long taken on community-building endeavors that have included the arts. Creative placemaking offers the explicit recognition that arts and artists, when fully engaged with local stakeholders, are often a gel or a catalyst toward sustained community betterment and economic growth.
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Projects in Wilson and Kinston, NC are featured along with NEA resources and tips for building partnerships between the arts and rural development agencies.
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Tapping the Creative Brain for People With Alzheimer's and Related Diseases

Tapping the Creative Brain for People With Alzheimer's and Related Diseases | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

"Creative pursuits like singing and other expressive arts—including dance, improv, playing music and puppetry—are bringing new life to people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases, even those who were never “artsy” before.[...]

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When the value of the arts as a communication tool is recognized in a mainstream publication, our work to promote creativity is easier to explain.
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Research - Upstart Co-Lab

Research - Upstart Co-Lab | Creative Projects | Scoop.it

"Upstart Co-Lab has partnered with Emergence Creative, a global creative agency dedicated to social impact, on a media campaign to shift perspectives of leaders in business, government and the social sector about how artists can contribute on teams, in partnerships and to investment portfolios."

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"Organizations must become more active in hiring, partnering with, and investing in the most creative among us: Artist Innovators. The unique set of traits and tools artists cultivate through rigorous training and years of application enables them to view problems differently. Artist Innovators can bring a human-centered perspective to increasing effectiveness and innovating new solutions that work."
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Angie Kim’s Cultural Capital - SURFACE

Angie Kim’s Cultural Capital - SURFACE | Creative Projects | Scoop.it
The Creative Industries Incentive Network (CIIN) and its Los Angeles Creative Economic Development Fund aim to spur economic impact through art by awarding "grants for artists who are pursuing an artistic practice in order to have a positive social impact, using a commercial business strategy.”
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This innovative funding model bridges arts and entrepreneurial business development.
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Noï Le Tour's curator insight, April 29, 2017 3:06 AM
This innovative funding model bridges arts and entrepreneurial business development.
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This innovative funding model bridges arts and entrepreneurial business development.