Problem-solving the Creative Economy

New: Future agenda for urban arts research; videos; media interviews; upcoming talks

New! Ann Markusen, “Creative Cities: A Ten Year Research Agenda” Journal of Urban Affairs, Special Issue on the Futures of Urban Studies Research, Vol.. 36, No. S2: 1-23, August.

Abstract: Over the past decade, under the rubric of creative placemaking, policymakers, planners and practitioners have turned to arts and culture to enliven city life and stimulate urban economies, but research challenges remain. What are the missions of urban arts and culture?  How can offerings and engagement become more equitable and diverse? In fashioning good policy and making funding and planning decisions, what do city leaders and advocates need to know about the location preferences of artists, arts organizations and arts participants?  Ann Markusen reviews what we know to date on these questions, and closes with reflections on the potential of arts and cultural research to link to broader urban theories, capitalize on interdisciplinary research and mixed methods, and integrate international research and experience in the field.

Recently released videos of Markusen keynotes

Markusen’s Sir Peter Hall Centenary Lecture: Creative Placemaking Revisited: A Forward-Looking Research Agenda, May 14, 2014,

Markusen’s Luncheon keynote, Kauffman Foundation Conference, Incentives to Innovate, April 17, 2014

Media events:

Markusen’s Interview with Tom Crann, All Things Considered, Minnesota Public Radio, on the economics and impact of the August 1 increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage, the first of three increments, July 30, 2014

Markusen interviewed on Al Jeezera TV, June 25, 2014, on East Nashville arts turnaround

Upcoming lectures, talks (see Upcoming on right)

Austin Texas, September 10, 2014

Grand Rapids Minnesota, September 14-16, 2014

Minneapolis Minnesota, September 24, 2014

University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, October 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, October 30, 2014

Philadelphia Pennsylvania, October 31/November 1, 2014

Prague Czech  Republic, November 5, 2014

Pilsen Czech Republic, November 6, 2014

Bloomington Indiana, December 12, 2014

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