Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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This month's edition of State to State showcases four states—Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi and Rhode Island—launching new plans, grant programs or artist services that encourage creative business development.
Colorado Creative Industries
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, of which Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) is a division, has released Colorado Blueprint, a strategic plan for advancing economic development. This new plan integrates the arts, culture and creative industries into the state's vision for the future and in the strategies the state will pursue to foster economic growth. Encouraging localities to draw on the arts, the plan articulates as an outcome measure that at least five Colorado municipalities will "specify growth of creative industries and arts and cultural activities in their long-term economic development strategic plans." The Colorado Blueprint is the latest step the state has taken to incorporate creativity into its economic development portfolio. The creative industries have joined aerospace, renewable energy, biotech and tourism as targeted industries in the budget documents of the Office of Economic Development for the past two years. To learn more, contact CCI Director Elaine Mariner.
Tourism Product Development Grants
Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Tourism, both divisions of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, have combined resources to offer Tourism Product Development (TPD) grants. TPD grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in fiscal year 2012 to support the role of the arts in tourism by providing financial assistance to Georgia's creative economies, with an emphasis on professional Georgia artists and the nonprofit arts industry. The grants will support a wide variety of programs and venues that attract visitors to Georgia communities. Funds may be used for project costs, artist fees, cultural events and the development of unique products by Georgia artists. In addition to opening up new resources for nonprofit arts organizations, the program encourages development of mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts industry and local governments that underscores the importance of professional artists in the production of goods and services critical to the state's prosperity. For additional information, contact Georgia Council for the Arts Public Information Officer Jhai James.
Mississippi's Creative Economy
Mississippi Arts Commission
In collaboration with the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) recently unveiled the Mississippi's Creative Economy website. Designed to educate business leaders, policymakers and the public about the importance of creativity to the state's economy, the site contains resources about the role of the arts and culture in creating jobs and broadening economic opportunities. Highlighted on the site is Realizing the Economic Potential of Creativity in Mississippi, a new study of the literary, visual, performing and culinary arts as well as the state's design and cultural heritage industries. In addition to documenting the economic impact of the state's creative occupations and enterprises, the report contains policy and strategy recommendations designed to foster future growth. The study was rolled out in August at a statewide Mississippi Creative Economy Summit attended by more than 400 artists, economic development leaders and policymakers. Also available on the new website is a YouTube video of Governor Haley Barbour promoting the state's creative industries. To find out more, contact MAC Executive Director Malcolm White.
Raising Money through Crowdfunding
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is offering a new workshop on crowdfunding for artists. Based on the idea that many small contributions can combine to provide significant capital for creative business endeavors, crowdfunding is a strategy in which artists and entrepreneurs mine their networks and audiences to raise funds and develop other resources. The workshop, Raising Money through Crowdfunding, provides two hours of training for Rhode Island artists, orienting them to crowdfunding principles, tactics and on-line tools. Facilitated by RocketHub CEO Brian Meece, this workshop is part of RISCA's Professional Artists Development (PAD) program, which provides year-round training sessions and minigrants to help Rhode Island artists enhance their business development practices. For more information, contact RISCA Director of Individual Artist Programs Cristina DiChiera.