Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Creative Economy Resources

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Related Creative Economy Reports

Americans for the Arts: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry

California's Arts and Cultural Ecology (PDF)

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Welcome To Los Angeles County (You Tube video)

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and National Endowment for the Arts Preliminary Report on Impact of Arts

 
Municipal Cultural Master Plans

Below are some examples of cultural master plans for cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. A recent trend in cultural planning is to focus on the development of both the cultural community and the overall creative economy. One such report is the “Cultural Collaborative,” a comprehensive cultural masterplan for San Antonio, Texas.

Los Angeles County

Burbank - Burbank Cultural Arts Plan

Glendale - A Strategic Plan for the Arts in Glendale

Inglewood - Cultural Arts Master Plan (PDF)

Lancaster - Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Master Plan

Long Beach - Create Long Beach

Pasadena - Cultural Nexis: An Action Plan for the Cultural Sector in Pasadena

Pomona - Pomona Cultural Plan

Santa Clarita - Arts Blueprint Phase I (PDF)

Santa Monica - Creative Capital: Culture, Community, Vision

Orange County

Costa Mesa – Theater and Arts District Plan (PDF)

Laguna Beach – Community Cultural Plan For The City Of Laguna Beach (PDF)

 

Creativity Indexes

The Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) is an index and research tool that measures annual changes in the economic health of an area by integrating economic data streams from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. The Creative Vitality™ Index is a resource for informing public policy and supporting the work of advocates for creative economies. CVI™ reports have been used as a way to define the parameters of an area's creative economy and as a means of educating communities about the components and dynamics of a creative economy.Creative Vitality™ Index

 
Arts Education K-12

LA County Arts for All

Arts Education Partnership

Commission on the Skills of the American

National Center on Education and the Economy

 
National and Regional Arts Advocacy Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Arts Education Partnership

Arts for LA

Arts Create California

Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce

The Creative Coalition

Massachusetts Economic Development

The Mayors' Institute on City Design

National Center on Education and the Economy

National Endowment for the Arts

Next Generation Arts
Nurturing California¹s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders (PDF)

No Right Brain Left Behind

Project Zero

Western States Arts Federation
Western States Arts Federation Publications and Research

 
Entering the Creative Economy Workforce

Arts, Media, Entertainment Industry & Education Connecting for Students

LA Culture Net (LACN)

Next Gen Arts Nurturing California's Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders

 
Think Tanks and Entrepreneurship

Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles

Center for an Urban Future in New York

The Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (CEANS) in Massachusetts

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University

DigiSo at the West Virginia Economic Development Center

Project Zero

 
Professional Associations

American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA)

The American Institutes of Architects, Los Angeles

American Institute of Graphic Arts

California Fashion Association

Digital Media Association (DiMA)

Dramatists Guild

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Stage Managers' Association

Toy Industry Association (TIA)

 
Selected Publications

Americans for the Arts, “Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts”

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning Champions Report (PDF)

The Conference Board, “Ready to Innovate”
Ready to Innovate (PDF)

National Center on Education and the Economy, “Tough Choices or Tough Times: Report on Skills of the American Workforce” (PDF)

National Endowment for the Arts, “Creative Placemaking” (PDF)

Pew Charitable Trust, “Activating Cultural Capital,” (PDF)

Project Zero research (2010), Current Projects (PDF)

Rockefeller Foundation, “From Creative Economy to Creative Society,” (PDF)

 
Additional Creative Economy Research

California Cultural Data Project

Center for an Urban Future (PDF)

The Entertainment Economy Institute

NEA Artist Employment Survey Oct 2011, NEA Artists and Art Workersin the United States (PDF)
Research Note - 105

Sir Ken Robinson

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist