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When considering What does it take to be a 21st Century Arts Community, there are many ideas that need to be unpacked and explored.  

Featured speaker Ann Markusen, has been an influential researcher and advocate for the arts.  Prior to her talk, or as part of an extension on those ideas, will be giving a talk: Creative Economies: Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities and Neighborhoods.   Dr. Markusen has compiled a list of articles that can provide background or further expansion on the ideas she will present.

Fuzzy Concepts, Proxy Data: Why Indicators Won’t Track Creative Placemaking Success (create equity, nov 9, 2012)

Article that Ann Markusen referenced in her keynote talk where she wrote about her difficulties with the Creative Placemaking Indicators as initially put forth by the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace.

Surveying the intersections among artists, arts organizations and place, Markusen summarizes a decade’s research on how artists are becoming more interdisciplinary, more mobile between and within cities, and more apt to work simultaneously in commercial, nonprofit and community sectors.  Crossover: How artists build careers across commercial, nonprofit and community work.  (Markusen, A., Gilmore, S., Johnson, A., Levi, T., and Martinez, A.Minneapolis, MN: Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, University of Minnesota.)

The Artistic Dividend available to download for a limited time (Markusen, Ann & Greg Schrock. G. 2006. The artistic dividend:  Urban artistic specialization and economic development implications. Urban Studies 43, 1661–86.)

 As in the past, artists are key initiators and partners in creative placemaking: Creative Placemaking (Markusen, Ann and Anne Gadwa. 2010. Creative Placemaking, Washington, DC: Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts, October, 2010.) 

Exploring “who is an arts organization?,” her talk reviews challenging conceptual and data issues: California's Arts and Cultural Ecology, Executive Summary
(Markusen, Ann, Anne Gadwa, Elisa Barbour, and William Beyers. 2011a. California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology. San Francisco: The James Irvine Foundation, September.)

And the morphing of audiences into participants, From Audience to Participant (Markusen, Ann and Alan Brown. 2014. “From Audience to Participant: New Thinking for the Performing Arts.” In Vera Borges and Pedro Costa, Desvendando o Teatro: Creatividade, Públicos e Território. Lisbon, Portugal: CES, forthcoming. annmarkusen.com)

and key problems for next gen arts leaders: Next Generation Arts Leaders (Markusen, Ann. 2011. Nurturing California’s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders.  Los Angeles: Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, August.)