Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council presents Creative Industry Summit in conjunction with report launch

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 24, 2014  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472
emilyb.moses@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Registration is open for the Kentucky Creative Industry Summit presented by the Kentucky Arts Council in conjunction with the Dec. 3 launch of the agency’s inaugural Kentucky Creative Industry Report.

The arts council event includes an overview of the new report that describes the economic impact of the arts industry sector, as well as its essential convergence with other Kentucky industries. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, former secretary of the Kentucky Tourism Cabinet and former commissioner of the Kentucky Department of the Arts, will offer opening remarks at the event.

The summit illustrates the rising role of Kentucky’s creative industry through the primary lenses of creative enterprises, creative placemaking and creative convergence. It will be at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

"We have been working on this study for more than a year and are thrilled we will soon be able to share the results publicly," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "This study supplies data that has been so desperately needed in Kentucky. It is an excellent baseline assessment of the Commonwealth’s vibrant and growing creative industry."

The day includes an overview of the new report, and presentations and panels featuring local, state and national experts on topics including:

  • Creative enterprises – jobs created through the arts and the economic impact of the arts community.
  • Creative placemaking – how vibrant communities attract residents and desirable industry by fostering a creative workforce.
  • Creative convergence – how other industries benefit from creative minds.

Elected officials and policymakers, business, industry and corporate leaders, economic development boards and officials, Main Street and Renaissance directors, chambers of commerce, artist small business owners and others interested in economic development through the arts are encouraged to register for the free event.

The Kentucky Creative Industry Report was commissioned last year by the Kentucky Arts Council and was conducted by Mt. Auburn Associates, an economic development analysis and strategy firm in Somerville, Massachusetts, that has worked at the forefront of the creative economic development field for the past 10 years.

The report will be made available in print and online Dec. 3.

A full agenda of the day’s events and speakers is available online. Register for the Kentucky Creative Industry Summit online at the arts council’s website. Registration will close when seating has been filled.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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