Problem-solving the Creative Economy

Recent Updates

Fall of 2017: Brazil, Newcastle, Boston, Duluth; Publications

August 13 2017

Upcoming Gigs (and see April update)

Markusen will be leading two workshops in op ed writing for participants at the annual a2ru (Alliance for Arts in Research Universities) meetings in Boston, November 2 and 3, 2017.

Markusen has joined the new Ambient Intelligence: Duluth Arts Writing Cohort. She will serve as a panelist for their upcoming December 5th meeting, “How to Write Contemporary Art Formats.”


Two of Markusen’s arts policy studies, “How Cities Can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs,” originally written, presented at a conference for U. S. Mayors, and published by the Kauffman Foundation, 2013, and “Seattle, Minnesota’s Twin Cities, San Jose: City Creative Industry Strategies – the State of the Art,” originally written for the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and presented at its unveiling in Los Angeles, 2012, have been reproduced in Chinese, with permission, for the volume edited by Klaus Kunzmann, Culture, Creative Industries and Urban Regeneration, 2016.  Beijing: WQBook,

Markusen’s review of Ojibwe artist Jonathan Thunder’s work and art opening at the Duluth Art Institute was published by the Cloquet Pine Journal, part of an ongoing series, and in the Floodwood Forum, July 2017 Thunder Pine Journal_A contemporary palette of Ojibwe dreams.pdf?dl=0)

Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus’ Creative Placemaking, the framing study commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts as a policy-initiating introduction to its Our Town arts funding program, will be reproduced in Ellen Rosewall and Rachel Shane, eds., Arts and Cultural Management: Critical and Primary Sources. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, November 2017.

Markusen articles for regional weeklies and upcoming research, talks 2017

Ann Markusen writing for regional weekly newspapers in northern Minnesota. To create conversations around everything from the women’s march to immigrant issues to taxes to public schools, restorative justice, consumer protections, our environment, and beyond, I’m writing for the Cloquent Pine Journal, Floodwood Forum and Grand Rapids Herald Tribune, often with photos. I’m hoping to inspire others to write for regional and local papers.  A portfolio of pre-pub drafts available here: Markusen Rural Weekly Articles 2017 to date .pdf?dl=0

Upcoming research, writing and conferences:  Belo Horizonte, Brazil, mid-August to mid-September to work with Clelio Campolina Diniz on assessments and write-ups of the new Inhotim contemporary art and botanical gardens.

CURDS 50th anniversary celebration, Newcastle UK, October 17-19, 2017

A2ru Conference, to lead op ed writing workshop, Boston, MA, November 1-4, 2017

Ann Markusen gave a talk on March 22 to the Georgetown University alumni association in Minneapolis.


Bay Area Metro and Brazilian Contemporary Art Creative Placemaking

Ann Markusen presents on “Regional Challenges and Opportunities: Collaborating across Cities for a Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Bay Area,” Association of Bay Area Governments Special General Assembly, January 30, San Francisco

April in Brazil: Ann Markusen works with long-time colleague Clelio Campolina Diniz, former Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology and President of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, on an impact study of Inhotim, the contemporary art museum outside of Belo Horizonte, and a retrospective on Campolina’s career as a top Latin American regional economist.

Newly published: Ann Markusen’s review of Daniel Cornfield’s new book, Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, in the Industrial Relations Review, Special issue on Workplace Inequality, Vol. 70, No. 1, January 2017.

Markusen on Art and Politics

Depressed about the election what’s to come?

Join the interactive talk and discussion with economist Ann Markusen on Art and Politics

The talk explores why art and artists are a challenge for government, how prior initiatives like the New Deal employment programs for artists worked, and what artists and arts organizations can do in the coming years, nationally and locally.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

4:30-6:00 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S Wabash Avenue, Room 327.

Please have an ID to check in at the front desk

Fall Chicago Arts Organizations in Society Grad Course

This fall, Ann Markusen is teaching Arts Organizations in Society, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to 27 graduate students from around world (Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, Colombia, Chiapas, China, Canada and the US). We’re covering many topics: art and politics, race/class/gender, gentrification, evaluation, arts participation, arts policy with great readings (everyone writes a reflection before class each week, posted on a discussion site), and every student is conducting and writing an artist profile, an arts organization profile, and an argumentative piece (written and spoken) about a theme they feel passionate about. Happy to share the evolving syllabus – send an email request to

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