UH Center for Arts Leadership to Present Summit on “Creative Economy”

by Paula Newton March 17, 2016

UH_Summit2016The University of Houston’s Center for Arts Leadership is organizing its next Leadership in the Arts Summit, entitled “Valuing the 21st Century Creative Economy.” Director Sixto Wagan sums up the direction of this year’s Summit:

Why talk about arts and money? Houston is going to be part of the next Arts and Economic Prosperity survey, which means even more data on the collective impact of arts and culture. Issues of quality of life, vitality, and impact are now more central to discussions about the support for arts and culture. How do we in the creative sector use this data to build a more vibrant community?

The Summit will take place on April 11 from 10:30am-4:30pm with keynote speakers and local panels (details here). Wagan has been working with the opening speaker Christine Harris, co-founder of the National Creativity Network’s Creative Economy Coalition, to put together the programs.

For those unclear on what a “creative community” is, Ben Davis breaks down some of the terms in his artnet news article, “Why You Should Be Suspicious of the ‘Creative Economy.’”

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