Oct. 2, 2007
6:00pm to 7pm
400 N Superior St.
Oct. 2, 2007
6:00pm to 7pm
400 N Superior St.
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I've heard that there are going to be some really impressive numbers revealed at this meeting. I'm surprised that with a city so concerned with there dwindling ecomony this thread hasn't garnered much interest... or maybe not.
Is this open to the public? If so, I hope to attend, although I fear my jeans and sandals wardrobe may not be appropriate, since the First Lady of Ohio will be present. I went to a couple of arts meetings at the Valentine and at the museum back in 2002 and 2003, and I was surprised how dressed up people were. It wasn't the opera or a symphony concert. It was a public meeting/presentation.
Yes, open to the public. I imagine it will be business casual...?
Oct 2, 2007 WUPW story: NW Ohio Arts Business Booming
Excerpts from an Oct 2, 2007 Bowling Green State University press release: Arts play big role in northwest Ohio economy
Despite being home to Toledo, the largest city in the region, Lucas County accounts for only 33 percent of the economic activity measured by the study. Carroll attributes that to several factors, including the number of ad agencies throughout northwest Ohio, the presence of Sauder Village and Sauder Woodworking in Archbold, theaters around the region, and arts and culture-related activity in northern Wood County. “It's pretty diverse,” he said of northwest Ohio's creative industries.
The 19 examined industries follow a model developed by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit arts advocacy organization that has done similar economic impact studies. They range from arts-centric businesses such as nonprofit museums and theaters to for-profit telecommunications and advertising companies.The industries and their economic impact on the region are, in descending order by dollars:
So newspaper publishers are #1 among the "Arts" industries, eh? What is this, some kind of scheme to drum up sympathy and support for the decaying newspaper industry?
Sep 27, 2007 Romenesko posting titled Should our government be asked to support journalism? which pointed to a Columbia Journalism Review article titled The Uncle Sam Solution.
[I]t’s worth noting that tax incentives are already used in a variety of industries, such as agriculture and manufacturing, and that they might also represent the best way to address the problems the press currently faces since they could be designed to promote specific general outcomes, such as hiring more reporters and editors or opening new bureaus.Hallin believes it will “take another decade or two of newsroom cutbacks” before the idea of government support for the press is taken seriously.
June 2007 blog posting titled 10 obvious things about the future of newspapers you need to get through your head.
I was very surprised to learn the 'industries' that they included in the study. I suppose that these could all be considered 'creative' but I'm certain most people would not classify them as "arts" ... and therein lies the problem. I expect that many who quote this study will not announce the distinction, especially when you consider that video rental stores are included...
And it's a really big territory that is covered... The counties are not listed on their website, so I called:
here is a good map showing them all.
"5. specialized design services" - That's a broad description. Does that include computer software and engineering firms? If newspaper publishers are included as part of the "arts" then so should engineering companies.
What about law firms? A lawyer has to be pretty creative to convince a jury or a judge that someone is guilty or innocent.
What about landscaping companies? Sculpting a shrub, arranging flowers, getting that checkerboard-look in lawn grass.
I assume hair stylists and tattoo artists are included in this report.
The Jeep plant should be included as part of the arts industry. For some, a fine-looking vehicle is a piece of art.
Include all the Harley-Davidson stores too, since a Hog is both audio and visual art. For some, anyway. For others it's annoying. That's art. It's something in the eye or whatever.
"12. videotape and disc rental" - That's a good one.
If you want to create a piece of art, take a black-and-white photo of this BG report being flushed down the crapper.
Oct 3, 2007 Blade story
Mr. Carroll called the study's $2.4 billion figure conservative - "it could be closer to $4 billion" - because it did not tally certain architectural services or visitor spending at arts events, in addition to other phenomena.Mr. Florida, for instance, has included accountants as part of his creative class.
Enron employed some artistic accountants for a while.
So the creator of the report admits it's not broad enough. It didn't include certain architectural services, but it did include video stores and newspapers. It could be argued that any company that employs IT people should be considered part of the arts industry.
Defining the Classes in Dr. Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class :