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Building the Creative Economy for Minnesota's Artists and Communities.

Markusen, Ann.

This article examines why second-tier metropolitan areas such as Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Boston, and Portland are able to generate, attract, and retain high concentrations of artists when other larger and faster-growing regions are not. The author argues that one important factor is the creation of dedicated artists' centers where artists can learn, network, give and receive feedback, exhibit, perform, and share space and equipment. These spaces serve artists while contributing to economic and community development in their respective neighborhoods and regions. The author uses case studies of three artists' centers-- The Playwrights' Center, Homewood Studios, and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Centerラto consider the impact of such centers on artists, neighborhoods and communities, and the regional economy. The author also compares Minnesota and the Twin Cities region with other national arts centers, and concludes with recommendations for how to encourage and bolster artists' centers in Minnesota. The article is a summary of the complete report on this study, ムArtists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies.'

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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part through funds provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota. Additional funding provided by The McKnight Foundation and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
36 (2): 16-25
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