about the report
The market study 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.
The creative production of art and artistic expression are, today, among the most promising ways to expand the market economy in rural and urban Native communities.
In 2011, First Peoples Fund 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:
- Define the role of Native artists within reservation economies.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of support programs currently available for Native artists.
- Identify challenges faced by Native artists and opportunities to better support them.