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Art and Culture Districts

Business Support of the Arts Isn't Philanthropy

John M. Eger | Posted 12.01.2016 | Business
John M. Eger

As democratic strategist James Carville was fond of saying during the Clinton presidency, "It's the economy, stupid." Well, fast forward to 2016: "It...

I.D.E.A. Breaks Ground on a New Model of Art District

John M. Eger | Posted 11.04.2016 | Arts
John M. Eger

Yesterday, a new model of art and culture district broke ground in San Diego on the first phase of an unusual new concept. With no National Endowment...

California Launches Effort Promoting Art and Culture Districts

John M. Eger | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
John M. Eger

Governor Brown, Craig Watson, and Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) who introduced AB 189, all undoubtedly see the connections between the arts and creativity and, in turn, between creativity and innovation.

Artists in San Francisco Are Worried

John M. Eger | Posted 03.04.2015 | San Francisco
John M. Eger

Communities that know the value of vibrant communities must insure that the artists, who helped foster that vibrancy, not be forced to move as the art and culture districts, often at the center of the community, are forced to move because of the increase in the price of real estate or rental costs. It's that simple but often not thought of until its too late.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Detroit
John M. Eger

This discussion of the value of the city's collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the city reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral. In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.

Taking the Creative and Economic Pulse of the City

John M. Eger | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

At a time when creativity and innovation have become key indicators of success in the new knowledge based economy, the look and feel of our cities is a vitally important measure of how a city sees itself, and how well it is meeting the challenges of a very new age.

Creative Silicon Valley

John M. Eger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Connie Martinez, the new CEO of Silicon Valley Creates (SVCreates) -- a merger of Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stACT Silicon Valley, says that whi...

Colorado Rebrands Itself as a Creative Place to Live and Work

John M. Eger | Posted 08.01.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The State of Colorado advertises itself as the home of "creative industries". While statistics are fuzzy, the National Assembly of State Art Agenci...

Can Art and Culture Districts Shape the Cities of the Future ?

John M. Eger | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Now more than ever, business and industry are dependent upon an economic system that rewards innovation. But to have innovation, you also need creativity; and a creative and innovative community is vital to that effort.

Downtown Cultural Districts are the New Incubators of Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 09.05.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

A recent report about art and culture and role of the states may change the face of cities across America.