Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities reveals facts, insights and possibilities that have been overlooked and untapped for far too long. Based on market research conducted in Washington, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota, this report makes the case of Native arts as a strong and available economic force in Indian Country. For example:
This report also shows how artists--and their communities--benefit when “the right kind of support” is made available.
“We, and our partners at Artspace, have seen firsthand the positive impact of Native arts in Indian Country,” said Lori Pourier, President of First Peoples Fund. “This report supports the argument that Native art can be used as a robust and sustainable economic driver if artists have access to culturally appropriate financial and business training and affordable capital and markets, and can become part of a professional network.”
In 2011, FPF and Artspace partnered with the Northwest Area Foundation, Colorado State University and Leveraging Investments in Creativity on the American Indian Creative Economy Market Study Project. This survey examined household economics, infrastructure needs and social networks of Native artists to help:
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To learn more and find out how you can help artist communities in rural and urban areas, download the pdf of Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities. You can also contact FPF’s Lori Pourier for more information.
The development, publication and dissemination of Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities was made possible with support from the Northwest Area Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.