The Creative and Cultural Economy

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The Missoula Cultural Council is working to assure that Missoula continues to reap the rewards of a rich stable of local artists

The Arts and Economic Prosperity study points to the nonprofit arts as a significant industry in Missoula. The industry generates $16.7 million in local economic activity in Missoula, which includes $2 million by nonprofit arts organizations and $14.6 million in event-related spending by their audiences, according to the study.

Famed nature writer, David Quammen babysits neighbor children’s toads

‘‘Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat,” Quammen deadpans in the book’s introduction.

Study: Arts lift Boise economy – Cultural activity ‘means business,’ city officials say

“Let´s be clear: the arts in this town would be nowhere without the private sector,” Oliver said. “Government can only do so much, and as the arts get cut more and more at the federal level, local communities and the private sector need to step up and do everything they can. This survey shows that it´s worth the effort.”

Space available for artists, artisans, light workshop-space seekers at Fort Missoula

As part of its non-profit mission to preserve historic Fort Missoula, while helping Missoula’s NPO and artistic community to better flourish, the Northern Rockies Heritage Center at Fort Missoula is making available for rental at…

Montana Summer symphony to fall silent

With little fanfare, the Montana Summer Symphony announced on Friday that it has played its postlude and is dissolving. By EVE BYRON – IR Staff Writer The organization, which brought western-themed songs to an outdoor…

Creative Class Act Richard Florida knows exactly what’s wrong with Phoenix

How will this promote diversity? Will this appeal to young people? Will this magnify what is authentic about our city?’ Richard has put these issues on the agenda of America’s cities, and I applaud him for it. Anyone who cares about cities should," Colletta says.

Smaller cities get hip to attact young professionals

"Be hip and they will come" "Bill Gates is pushing 50," says Joe Cortright, head of Impresa Inc., an economic consulting firm in Portland, Ore. "The next big companies that get started will probably not get started by baby boomers."

‘Hero’ innovator, Robert Young, the executive director of Red Feather Development of Bozeman, wins car for life

As for advice, Young simply encourages others to apply for the award. "There are tons of people in Montana who are doing good work with no funding, no recognition. I’d love to see them get more involved. I mean, if we could win this … "

A tale of cool cities – Some cities are hip. Others aren’t. But ‘unhip’ cities are trying to change their image and attract young professionals

Cities might not be able to intentionally replicate such success, but they can work at cultivating a more conducive climate for innovation, says Rod Frantz, president of the Richard Florida Creativity Group.

"Cities have to be embracing of their entire population, because you never know where the next Andy Warhol or Bill Gates or Georgia O’Keefe is going to come from," he observes.

Web site helps artists learn business savvy

His advice to young artists: start out with an open view, visit trade shows and galleries to see what’s out there, then find a niche within your craft that needs to be filled. And be prepared to work long hours, understand your market and believe in your work.