Arts and Economic Development in Columbus
August 31, 2011 3:13 pm at 3:13 pm #88016
A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development
Monday, September 19 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210
Les Wexner, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Mayor Coleman are joining together on Monday, September 19th at 4pm at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium for a discussion entitled, “A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development.” This provocative conversation on the value of the creative sector in building attractive and competitive cities represents a unique and important opportunity for the arts and creative sector in our community to show its enthusiasm for the prioritization of the arts in the mainstream planning of the future of our community.
A big turnout for this event is vitally important in order to continue to build on the momentum the arts have gained in the past year; please do everything you can to be there, and encourage staff members, board members and supporters to be there, as well.
Folks are standing up for the arts at Mershon Auditorium on OSU’s campus at the Wexner Center for the Arts on September 19th, starting at 4pm. See you there!September 10, 2011 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm #459124
I’m planning on attending this event. It should be an interesting discussion.September 11, 2011 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #459125
Yeah, I RSVP’ed too. Sounds like it’s a pretty big deal. And hopefully something that will spark new development and investment in the arts.September 19, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #459126
Bump! This is tonight! Who else is going?September 19, 2011 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #459127
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I’m going and looking forward to it.September 19, 2011 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #459128
I really wanted to go, but my son has a soccer game at 4pm, so I am out.
A.September 19, 2011 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm #459129
I have yet to see convincing evidence that investments in the Arts (or sports arenas, for that matter) stimulate broader economic development in the metro area. It’s the same garbage that Richard Florida and Rebecca Ryan have been peddling for the last 10 years.
Really wish they’d open up the floor for an audience Q&A at this event.September 19, 2011 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #459131
I don’t have any sort of study to link to… but can I ask if you feel that the Short North would be seeing multi-million dollar private investment projects (The Jackson, Dakota, Yukon Lofts, etc) if it weren’t for the previous arts investment in the area?September 19, 2011 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #459132
We’re warming up the “Frank-lin-ton Frank-lin-ton” chant now. We may even try out..I say “Frank” you say “linton”!September 19, 2011 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #459133
I don’t have any sort of study to link to… but can I ask if you feel that the Short North would be seeing multi-million dollar private investment projects (The Jackson, Dakota, Yukon Lofts, etc) if it weren’t for the previous arts investment in the area?
I don’t know to what extent the SN has received public investment and subsidies over the years. I have always thought of it as mostly driven by small business owners in the late 80’s to rebrand their neighborhood in an effort to attract new patrons. Then the city recognized the early success of the district and wisely chose to encourage private development with street and sidewalk improvements, followed by tax abatements for new construction. (Please correct me if I’m mistaken.)
As I understand it, Mr. Landesman and his cohorts are talking about investing in the “capital A” Arts (CMA, BalletMet, CAPA, etc.) as a way to attract talented human capital and therefore entice businesses to relocate in central Ohio. That’s very different than the story of the SN, but somehow it all gets lumped into this ill-defined “creative sector” along with – not insignificantly – major league sports.
This article (pdf) is a good read if you have the time.September 19, 2011 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm #459134
Gotcha. I wasn’t entirely familiar with what this event will be covering tonight. Guess that’s why I’m going… to hear them out. ;)
Will give that PDF a read tonight. ;)September 19, 2011 6:09 pm at 6:09 pm #459135
I really want to go to this, but I’m not really feeling great. Walker please report back on this for those of us who cannot go.September 19, 2011 8:24 pm at 8:24 pm #459136
Ar the event right now… Coleman is discussing Arts Investment in Franklinton and the future growth of jobs and creative class in that neighborhood. Citing the nationally recognized success in the Short North.September 19, 2011 8:31 pm at 8:31 pm #459137
Doug Kridler from Columbus Foundation is stressing the importance of balancing fiscal responsibility of arts orgs w/ providing an open-ended environment for artistic expression. Warns of the former endangering the latter.September 19, 2011 8:35 pm at 8:35 pm #459138
Rocco says that The Short North is mentioned at every speaking event as example of arts spurring development. Lots of shout outs to SN. Also mentions of Wild Goose, Available Light and Wonderland.
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