Registration is currently open for a two-day colloquium on community innovation and growth for arts organizations and community partners in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
The IAC, in partnership with Ball State University's Building Better Communities program and with the support of the Ohio Arts Council and Kentucky Arts Council, will present the tri-state colloquium, Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts, June 6-7, 2013 on the campus of Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana.
The colloquium will feature sessions with regionally and nationally recognized presenters exploring best practices and practical planning tools for cultural districts, community engagement, arts business incubators, rural and urban revitalization, and community planning.
Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. Please visit the IAC website for more information about the colloquium, scheduled presenters, and links to register.
(Banner artwork by Warren Miller. Visit www.warrenmillerart.com.)
Just released by the Brookings Institution, Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development is a new publication based on a collaborative effort with the National Endowment for the Arts to stimulate more rigorous research on the arts and economic development.
Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decision-makers are increasingly focused on what make places livable. Access to the arts inevitably appears high on that list, but knowledge about how culture and the arts can act as a tool of economic development is often lacking. How do we look at the arts sector as an integrated part of local economies and not just as a source of amenities or diversions? Creative Communities uses original data produced through quantitative and qualitative research to provide a greater understanding of how art works as a engine for transforming communities.
"We all know intuitively that the arts can help strengthen communities, but we need more solid economic data and analysis to back up those claims," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "Through its Office of Research and Analysis, the NEA is honored to have partnered with the Brookings Institution in co-sponsoring a symposium and its result: a publication of new studies that measure the economic impact of the arts."
Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development is available at Brookings Institution Press. For review copies, please contact Brookings Institution Press Publicity Manager Melissa McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. (source: NEA press release)
May 1 is the registration deadline for the one-day, peer-to-peer Hoosier Artland for Economic Growth Conference.
Presented by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF), with support from the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and the the Indiana Arts Commission, the May 8 conference will focus on teaching rural stakeholders proven strategies for achieving arts and community development success.
The conference will be presented in "Stellar Community" award winner, Delphi, Indiana at the Wabash and Erie Canal Conference Center, 1030 W. Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, and to register, please visit the conference website.