Problem-solving the Creative Economy

New! Researching and writing for Two-year Minnesota House Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs

The Minnesota House has set up its first Select Committee in more than twenty years, to improve wages, incomes, and access to jobs. The Committee of four Democrats and three Republicans, chaired by Representative Ryan Winkler, is spending this session studying and learning through testimony and research, will hold public hearings over around the state over the summer and fall, and issue a full report and new legislative proposals for the 2014 session. Topics covered: Minimum wage; job and income distributions by gender, age, race/ethnicity and region; occupational and skill analysis; affirmative action and comparable worth; child care, elder care, and paid family and sick leave; unionization, fair labor standards and unemployment compensation; self-employment; workforce development; economic development incentives.

Arts Economy Initiative: What’s new? Upcoming Talks… Videos…Publications

Ann Markusen, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, and Elisa Barbour, “The Arts, Consumption, and Innovation in Regional Development.” In Michael Rushton, ed. The Arts, New Growth Theory, and Economic Development. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for the Arts, 2013: 36-59. (and take out this link, because linked above:

Ann Markusen, “Fuzzy Concepts, Proxy Data: Why Indicators Won’t Track Creative Placemaking Success,” Createquity Guest Blog, November 9, 2012, and in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, 2013: Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter, 2013: 22-29, 50. Also forthcoming in the International Journal of Regional Sciences, 2013.

Noah Isserman and Ann Markusen, “Shaping the Future through Narrative: the Third Sector, Arts and Culture.” International Regional Science Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2013: 115-36: 2013.

Ann Markusen, “City Creative Industry Strategies: the State of the Art,” Otis Report on the Creative Economy, December, 2012

Jason Schupbach, “Defining Creative Placemaking: A Conversation with Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus.” NEA Arts Magazine, No. 3, 2012. http://

Amy Kitchener and Ann Markusen, “Working with Small Arts Organizations: How and Why it Matters.” Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Spring 2012, Issue 23:2. http://

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