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I was perusing [Seattle's] Mayor McGinn's regular e-newsletter, The Reader , and noticed a terrific feature about the work that the city's Office of Economic Development was doing in support of small businesses, and about how small businesses create jobs. But I wondered, why aren't...
Text and photo by Joel Gavin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Oklahoma Arts Council Conference attendees take part in the Mosaic Marathon. The mosaic will be installed as public art in downtown Tulsa. Fall in Oklahoma is often defined by college football and the start to the NBA...
Support Starving artists via flickr user Wrote On September 17, the Iowa Arts Council hosted the third iteration of its No More Starving Artists conference . With workshops that included self-marketing, pricing your work, and creating business plans, the event focused on the know-how required to...
A festival-goer enjoying the 2011 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
When Atlanta's first National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) was held in 1988, the city had no Tyler Perry or OutKast. Kenny Leon was just coming into prominence as the new...
by Scott Provancher, President, Arts & Science Council Scott Provancher. Photo courtesy of Arts & Science Council My colleagues and I at the Arts & Science Council (ASC) have been closely following the national and regional trends that affect the health of the Arts industry. In...
Potter William Baker shapes a new piece on the wheel in his studio; Baker is one of the local artists that North Carolina's HandMade in America has brought visibility to with its guidebooks and online resources.
In an era of mass-manufactured products and outside corporate development, the Western North Carolina region, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, has taken economic direction from a refreshingly unlikely...
Two of the five metal cutout dancers -- a Yakama fancy dancer and a Mexican dancer -- displayed in a Wapato park
"There are oceans of children in this town, and this is their home," said arts entrepreneur Barbara Peterson, speaking from her office in the farm community of Wapato, Washington, roughly...
Washington, DC Video courtesy of The Right Brain Initiative Go to the web site of the Right Brain Initiative and you know immediately you?re in for some serious fun. Arrows fly across the screen as a dog descends from above. A smiling, puffing smokestack encourages you to join the mailing list. And...
Washington, DC In late March, Rocco visited Shreveport, Louisiana to talk creative placemaking and to get a first-hand look at the Shreveport Regional Art Council's (SRAC) MICD25 project . One of the artists that Rocco met during his trip was Shreveport native Poetic X (Hugh Hamilton). A 2008...
Washington, DC Here I am with Arts & Science Council President Scott Provancher during the panel discussion Charlotte: The Cultural Capital of the South at the Mint Museum Uptown at the Levine Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Arts & Science Council Earlier this month, I had the...

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