"The Arts Economy Initiative at the University’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, is currently working on a ten year project on artists, their livelihoods and their contributions to regional and local economies.
Our latest study, Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies (2006), argues that cities and towns that have invested in dedicated spaces to nurture artists and bring them together with their publics multiply the impact of charitable and public sector dollars and help to revitalize neighborhoods, as well as creating “more and better” artists.
Here, artists come together to vet their work, find encouragement and feedback, view masters in their fields, share studio space and equipment, and interact with audiences. This research was funded by the McKnight Foundation and Markusen’s Fesler-Lampert Chair at the University."
--The Arts Economy Initiative Ann Markusen, Director
This collection includes most of the artists' centers featured in the study.
To read the full report and other completed reports by Ann Markusen on the arts click on the related links below.
Artists' Centers Report Link
Ann Markusen is the director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. To read "Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies" click here.
The McKnight Foundation: Arts
For features, reports, and program resources on the arts in Minnesota click here.