Saturday, December 30, 2006

Artists Coming to Save a Town Near You

The discussion surrounding the economic impact the arts have on communities has always fascinated me. Recently, ABC News got on the bandwagon by featuring the success that artists have had reviving the economy of sleepy Paducah, KY. I've been following other communities as they transform themselves and their economy through the arts. It's such an interesting process.

It always makes me think of my hometown of Cleveland. It's such a cliche to keep talking about Cleveland's potential to turn around it's bleak economy through the arts, because the fact is that the area's existing cultural institutions already rival those of any larger city. To me, it's more about building a lasting appreciation for those institutions while creating new ones.
  • See how your city ranks in terms of its creative potential.

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