Posts Tagged ‘arts driven economic development’

Help ArtWorks Connect This Community – Be a Partner!

Triangle ArtWorks mission is to connect, support, promote and advocate for the visual and performing arts and creative industry in the Triangle. We are creating a center point and a platform for this community to be supported AS AN INDUSTRY.  This platform and network makes it easier for this community to act as a business community, and also makes it easier for other segments of the business community to connect with the Triangle arts and creative industry as an industry group.  ArtWorks will be able to use the platform and network to keep the community, as a whole, informed about issues that affect their businesses and to “sit at the table” for this community in economic development and other regional efforts, such as we are already doing with NC Tomorrow.

ArtWorks brings the disciplines together at its recent Durham Mixer.

To build this platform, we need help. We need to create a Network of Partner businesses and organizations that believe in the power of the arts and creative industry and believe in what Triangle Artworks is doing and want to be a part of this work.

Who can be an ArtWorks Partner?

If you are a member of the visual and performing arts and creative industry in the Triangle, both for profit or non-profit, then you can be an ArtWorks Partner. If you are not a member of this industry, but understand the important role that this industry plays in our Region’s economy and quality of life and, therefore, want to support this industry, we also welcome you as a Partner. ArtWorks Partners will connect through ArtWorks to create a powerful and valuable network for this industry.

Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders Group, organized by ArtWorks, brings together arts leaders for networking, learning and fun.


What will Partners Do?

Triangle ArtWorks simply cannot build this community network alone. ArtWorks will stand in the center as a clearing house, a convener and a center point. But there need to “spokes on the wheel” leading out from ArtWorks into the community.   When you become an ArtWorks Partner, you are saying “Yes! We understand what ArtWorks is doing and we are IN!”

Specifically, ArtWorks Partners agree to support the ArtWorks’ mission in the following ways:

  • Advise ArtWorks of any job openings, networking or educational opportunities, or other news of interest to the community, so that it can keep the regional community informed and help community members be more successful.
  • Help ArtWorks spread the word regarding issues affecting the regional arts community, including advocacy issues, as they apply to your discipline or specific community.
  • Promoting Triangle ArtWorks and its Partner Network by including a link on their website, displaying your Partner decal in your storefront or other visible place, and through any communication tools you have, with content created by you or provided by ArtWorks.
  • Help promote and/or attend ArtWorks programs and events.

    NC Tomorrow

    Triangle ArtWorks is representing the Triangle arts and creative industry on the Advisory Committee for NC Tomorrow.

Our Partner Network will become the backbone for our work in bringing this Community together and supporting it.  Specifically, we will be working to:


  • Connect the arts industry to each other and the rest of the business community
  • Inform members of the arts industry about local, national issues and opportunities
  • Create programs to strengthen the arts/creative community
  • Support knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • Promote the Triangle arts industry.

By making the arts and creative industry in the Triangle even more successful, we make the Triangle an even better place to live, work and locate a business. Join us in this important work!

To become a Partner, read and sign the Partner Agreement here.

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State’s SmART Initiative Provides Resources and Grants for Arts-Driven Economic Development.

In a press conference yesterday at American Tabacco in Durham, the North Carolina Arts Council’s SmART Initiative Task Force (previously called the SmaRT Cities/SmART Towns Task Force) announced its SmART Initiative.  This Task Force, chaired by Jim Goodmon, was established in the fall of 2010 and, according to the Initiative’s Report, was made up of “civic and government leaders, legislators, tourism and chamber of commerce directors, private developers and arts leaders”.  The group’s purpose was to “create a SmART Initiative designed to catalyze arts driven economic development in the communities of North Carolina. Based on its work, the Task Force developed recommendations, which it included in its Report.

These recommendations are summarized in the Report, as follows:

1. Create an Arts and Cultural District – Program to provide incentive for local governments and private developers to come together to fast track arts driven economic development. This program will require legislation and substantial funding from both government and the private sector.

2. Provide financial assistance to cities and towns for projects that build on the arts and cultural assets that make the community distinctive and have the potential to stimulate economic growth. Projects must be a partnership between a local government entity and an arts organization, have significant private sector support and participation from private developers, investors, foundations, or businesses, and have widespread community support and involvement.

3. Set up a system of resource teams to help communities inventory their assets and understand the full range of their cultural and natural resources as economic assets.

Task Force Chair, Jim Goodmon, and Secretary of Cultural Resources, Linda Carlisle, present the SmART Initiative at American Tabacco.

4. Create a Web-based resource center as an additional tool for communities undertaking arts-driven economic development.

5. Incentivize private developers to participate in arts-driven development by extending the Historic Preservation and Mill Rehabilitation Tax Credits beyond their expiration dates in 2014 and improving their applicability for small artist run businesses and creative enterprises in rural areas. Other possible adjustments to various tax credits would simplify processes, privilege rural areas which are home to unused mills, or move towards regional preferences that are both multi-county and intra-county in scope. Many privately owned properties are open to public use to varying degrees and often are the core of creative cluster neighborhoods, so public art is an important consideration in their development. Local redevelopment agencies and governments can negotiate with private developers to incorporate public art or other public amenities into their construction projects.

6. Forge partnerships with other governmental agencies to integrate arts driven activity into their existing programs, including the Department of Commerce designating the creative industry as a “Focus Industry Sector” and the Department of Transportation advancing a statewide public art agenda for roadways and cityscape.


So far, the Department has taken two major steps as a result of these recommendations:

  • Creation of the online SmART Initiative Resource Center – As described on the site, “The online resource center includes many existing arts-driven economic development resource links and downloads already available. These materials include overviews of creative placemaking and public art projects and programs; examples of arts and cultural assessment inventories; examples of potential funding sources; details on tax incentives; and models for cultural district programs.”
  • Creation of the SmART Initiative Pilot Grant Program – This program will implement recommendation Number 2, above, and requires partnerships between a government entity and an arts organization, as well as community and business support.  The applications are due on April 2, 2012.
The Resource Center pulls together a good collection of national and state tools and best practices information for arts-driven economic development.  While the Pilot Grant program is a great step, given the significant partnership requirement, we assume that it will mainly apply, this round, to projects that are already on the table looking for funding, given the April 2 deadline.  Still, it is good to see the State taking this step in supporting arts as an economic driver and backed by the statewide leaders on the Task Force.



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