Archive for the ‘creative economy’ Category

The Daily Yonder on the Arts in Mississippi

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Daily Yonder is a wonderful resource for keeping up with the issues, challenges and opportunities facing rural America. We are pleased to have Bill Bishop, who is the main force behind the Daily Yonder, as a board member here at RTS.

Our founder Stuart Rosenfeld has been working with the state of Mississippi over the last couple of years both looking at their creative economy as an economic and cultural engine but also at designing programs and policies to build a stronger creative economy within the state. Stu’s new article in the Daily Yonder gives a great overview of the creative economy in Mississippi and how it weaves into the state’s economy. A must-read for those interested in the creative economy.

A juke joint in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It’s part of the annual Juke Joint Festival.

The Investment & Innovation Forum focuses on our recent work on Mississippi’s creative economy

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Investment & Innovation Forum is a Canberra, Australia-based organization created by Rod Brown of the Cockatoo network. More info on them is available here.

With members in 33 countries, the focus is on best practices in innovative economic development. The latest issue of their Cockatoo newsletter highlights our recently released work for the State of Mississippi on its creative economy. There is a link to the CraftNET Sketches here.

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Interesting website on developing Charleston’s creative economy

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Parliament is an interesting collection of, as they call themselves, “Working Class Creatives” helping to build a stronger and more interesting creative milieu in the Charleston, SC metro area. They certainly seem to sponsor some really interesting events! To keep up check out their blog.

And we say all this not just because they partially funded and devote a page to the work we did on the creative economy in Charleston.

Blueprint Mississippi: Capitalizing on the Creative Economy

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Mississippi Economic Council in cooperation with the state’s citizens and private sector is building a collaborative vision for moving the state’s economy and community forward.  The process, known as Blueprint Mississippi 2011, has led to the development of a series of goals and recommendations on education, the economy, diversity, financial resources, health, infrastructure and other key areas.

A top focus is the creative economy.  The following creative economy strategies are based in large part on the study we completed with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission Development. The reports are available here and more on the effort is on the Mississippi Creative economy website.


  • Support the goals in the report, Mississippi’s Creative Economy, released by the Mississippi Arts Commission with the Mississippi Development Authority:
    • Facilitate efforts that make communities throughout the state more creative and vibrant.
    • Promote entrepreneurship and small business growth among creative firms.
    • Help communities preserve and generate added value from cultural and historic heritage.
    • Enhance the competitiveness of the state’s businesses and industries through increased use of art and design.
    • Enhance the support and networking infrastructure for creative talent across the state.
    • Build capacity to grow and retain creative talent living and working in Mississippi.
  • Develop tools and strategies to support growth throughout the tourism industry.

An interesting article on our Mississippi creative economy work

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has an interesting article on the work we recently completed for the State of Mississippi.  We are presently preparing additional vignettes and updating the data in a follow-on contract with the state.

Mississippi Creative Economy report released!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

On August 11th the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission released our report on the state’s amazing creative economy.  Information on the strategies for the creative economy is found on the state’s new creative economy website. The report demonstrates that the creative economy generates more than 60,000 jobs within the state. You can find project director and RTS founder Stu Rosenfeld’s presentation on the report here.

The report examines the various segments of the creative economy including visual and performing arts, design, film, literary and publishing, culinary arts and museums and heritage.  We also detail the support structure for the creative economy such as organizations, education and training, creative spaces and the investments that the state has made to build the creative economy.

Working with the Authority and Commission, we also developed a series of recommended goals and strategies intended to help the state reap the full benefits of its creative people and creative economy.

The report has three parts.  A short Executive Summary succinctly presents the main elements of the study. The Main Report provides all the detailed data and information on the creative economy and is a great resource. Finally we produced a series of vignettes on the state’s creative assets titled Red Hots and Deep Blues: Stories of Mississippi’s Creative Economy that provides a rich feel for the depth and variety of creativity within the state.

Be forwarned that the files are pretty large, especially the vignettes, so be patient with the downloads!

RTS Creative Economy Webinar for C2ER

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

RTS staffers Chris Beacham, Director of Economic Development Programs, and Senior Research Analyst Jenna Bryant were requested by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) to present a webinar on measuring the creative economy.  The presentation, “Analyzing the Creative Economy (note: it requires creativity)” details the issues analysts face and the creative strategies needed to develop an accurate measurement of the economic role of the creative economy within a region.  Properly done, the analysis can help communities develop strategies to further develop this increasingly important sector.

New CraftNet Sketches released!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

CraftNet is an international alliance of community colleges, created and supported by RTS, in North America, Europe, and Africa that work together to enhance their own arts and crafts-based teaching programs and to develop local and regional artisan-based economies. Please go to to learn more about this exciting network.

Monthly, RTS publishes a newsleter, CraftNet Sketches, highlighting the network’s recent activities including the efforts of member colleges. The most recent edition highlights Haywood Community College and Western Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, the Montana Arts Council, and Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Craft. In addition the issue describes some recent events and news of interest and profiles CraftNet member Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Furniture College at Letterfrack, Ireland. Click here to download the issue. All past issues are available on the RTS website.

DC Creative Arts Action Plan wins planning award

Friday, January 28th, 2011

In May of 2010 the District of Columbia Office of Planning released an action agenda for using the arts to build the economy within DC.  The plan, prepared by RTS along with Mt. Auburn Associates, Cutting Edge Design, and Green Door Advisors, examined DC creative segments such as museums, culinary and performing arts and media and then defined strategies and actions to build these segments.  The strategies and actions dealt with youth, markets, work, business and other areas that are fundamental parts of a creative economic environment.

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association recently awarded the plan with a Jury Award for how it outlines using arts and culture to stimulate the local economy.

Read the plan here and an article on the award here.

Dr. Stuart Rosenfeld on the Milwaukee creative economy

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Milwaukee Public Radio WUWM 89.7 fm interviewed RTS principal Stuart Rosenfeld and Michael Kane from Mt. Auburn Associates about the just completed Milwaukee area creative economy analysis.  You can listen to the interview on WUWM or here WUWM interview 1/24/2011.